It had been 16 years since a Moorestown boy finished in the top three at the Cherokee Challenge, but Kevin Fox didn’t settle for top three. He became the first Quaker boy in meet history to win any race at the traditional South Jersey cross country season opener.
Fox won the two-mile Senior Boys race in 10:02 Saturday, leading a 1-2-3 South Jersey finish. Shawnee’s Mark Miller was second in 10:05 and Cherokee’s Nick Falk third in 10:08.
The best previous finish by a Moorestown boy at Cherokee came in 2000, when Joe Hanlon finished second in 10:09. Josh Joseph won the Senior Boys race that year in 10:02.
Fox’s 10:02 was the fastest time of the four boys class races. The only other years that nobody broke 10 minutes were 1996, 1997 and 2004. Fox was fifth in the junior race in 10:25 last year
Fox was ninth in the Central Jersey Group 3 sectionals last fall but focused on short stuff in the spring, placing second at states with a blazing 1:53.37 and also going sub-50 in the 400. He ranked fourth among all New Jersey half-milers last year and second among underclassmen.
That gives Fox plenty of wheels at the end of a 5,000-meter cross country course.
The only wins Moorestown previously recorded in the Cherokee Challenge came on the girls side. In 2001, Kelsey Rinehart won the senior race and Colleen Hughes won the junior race, and in 2006, Brianna Rodgers won the senior race.
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