Wechsler, Miller lead Cherokee to 4th at M-of-C and all-time top-10 S.J. average at Holmdel!!!

Ethan Wechsler, Chase Miller and the Cherokee boys on Saturday ran the 8th-fastest team time ever at Holmdel by a South Jersey team.

Cherokee placed 4th at the Meet of Champions, the Chiefs’ best finish in 18 years.

Wechsler placed 4th in 15:41 and Miller was 21st in 16:18. Both are Holmdel PRs. Wechsler had run 15:51 at states and Miller’s previous Holmdel best was a 16:28 at states last year.

Wechsler’s 15:41 is 14th-fastest in Holmdel history by a South Jersey runner and No. 2 in Cherokee history behind Shawn Wilson’s 15:40 at 2012 Group 4 states.

Cherokee scored 136 points and finished behind only CBA (62), Mendham (119), Haddonfield (129).

Senior Tyler Jackson and junior Brett Shea crossed the line two seconds apart, Jackson in 60th in 16:47 and Shea in 62nd in 16:49, and senior Michael Gave was a few seconds back, 74th in 16:58.

For team scoring purposes, Wechsler was 4th, Miller 14th, Jackson 36th, Shea 38th and avid 46th.

This is the first time Cherokee has ever had five runners under 17 minutes in the same race at Holmdel County Park.

Juniors Daniel Boria [17:29] and Nico Grilli [17:31] rounded out Cherokee’s pack.

Cherokee’s 16:30 average breaks the school record for fastest average at Holmdel, where the current course has been used for Shore Coaches, states and the Meet of Champions since 1979. The Chiefs’ previous team best was a 16:33 last weekend at states.

Only CBA (16:15) had a faster average on Saturday.

Here’s a look at the 10-fastest team averages by South Jersey schools at Holmdel:

1:21.38 …….. Mainland Regional, 2003 Meet of Champions [1st] (16:19)
1:21:38.40 … Haddonfield, 2010 Meet of Champions [2nd] (16:19)
1:21.47.8 ….. Haddonfield, 2001 Meet of Champions [1st] (16:21 )
1:21.54.72 … Kingsway, 2017 Group 4 [1st] (16:22)
1:22.05 …….. Mainland Regional, 2003 Group 4 [1st] (16:25)
1:22.10.23 … Cherry Hill East, 2014 Group 4 [1st] (16:26)
1:22.31.39 … Haddonfield, 2018 Meet of Champions [2nd] (16:30)
1:22.33.6 ….. Cherokee, 2019 Meet of Champions [4th] (16:30)
1:22.36.50 … Cherry Hill East, 2014 Meet of Champions (16:31)
1:22.40.09 … Cherry Hill East, 2015 Group 4 [2nd] (16:32)

In all, Cherokee has now placed in the top 5 at Meet of Champions seven times, including a second place in 2000.

Cherokee’s all-time top-5 now has a 15:43 average at Holmdel, 4th-fastest ever behind CBA [15:33], North Hunterdon [15:37] and West Windsor-Plainsboro North [15:39].

15:40 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee], 2012
15:41 … Ethan Wechsler [Cherokee], 2019
15:43 … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2001
15:45 … Keith Krieger [Cherokee], 2002
15:46 … Jack Shea [Cherokee], 2015

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