The Cherokee boys finish second overall in Milesplit’s merge of the 168 full teams that competed in the seven varsity races at Shore Coaches on Saturday.
Cherokee finished third in Group A, 20 points behind West Windsor-Plainsboro North at Holmdel County Park. The Chiefs tied with Mendham for second but placed third when Mendham’s sixth runner finished six seconds ahead of Cherokee’s
And it was WW-P-N that won the New Jersey MileSplit merge, 128-184, over the Chiefs. Only Ridge (208), Mendham (225), Westfield (342) and North Hunterdon (357) were also under 400.
Cherokee averaged 16:35.8 for its five scorers, third-fastest overall behind WW-P-N (16:23.4), which had Luke Johnson run 15:32, and Mendham, which got a 15:50 from Jack Jennings.
Senior Ethan Wechsler led Cherokee at 16:00 for sixth overall in the merge, with Chase Miller 25th in 16:33, Tyler Jackson 34th at 16:40, Nico Grilli 43rd in 16:44 and Michael Gavio 76th in 17:02. Daniel Boria (17:16) and Robert Hackney (17:29) gave Cherokee all seven under 17:30.
Other South Jersey schools in the top-25 in the MileSplit merge were Cherry Hill East (8th at 424), Ocean City (10th in 526), Kingsway (17th at 726), Haddon Township (19th at 770) and Delsea (22nd at 812).