Ethan Wechsler placed 8th overall and Cherokee finished 6th overall at the Nike Cross Country Nationals Northeast Regionals Saturday.
Wechsler ran 16:09 on the 5,000-meter course at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Cherokee – ranked 4th in New Jersey – edged No. 3-ranked Haddonfield, who placed 9th. Cherry Hill East was 11th, giving South Jersey three of the top 11 teams in an eight-state region.
Cherokee scored 203 points, Haddonfield 244 and Cherry Hill East 356. The Northeast Region is open to schools from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. New York State has its own regional held concurrently at the same site.
La Salle Academy of Providence, R.I., packed five in 49 seconds and won with 74 points, topping Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft, 74-105.
Senior Chase Miller (29th in 16:46), junior Brett Shea (57th in 17:08), senior Michael Gavio (64th in 17:12) and freshman Daniel Boria (83rd in 17:23) rounded out Cherokee’s pack.
For Haddonfield, seniors Martin Riddell (19th in 16:34) and Andrew Gostovich (44th in 16:59), junior Caleb Clevenger (46th in 16:59) and sophomore Seth Clevenger (71st in 17:16) scored.
Cherry Hill East was led by senior Oliver Adler (18th in 16:34), junior Aidan Eyre (85th in 17:23), junior Gabe Rodriguez (97th in 17:29), sophomore Ethan Andrea (104th in 17:34) and sophomore Dylan Hagan (122nd in 17:50).
Wechsler’s 16:09 is fourth-fastest by a South Jersey runner at Bowdoin Park, behind Jon Vitez of Haddonfield (15:41 in 2009), Aaron Groff of Cherry Hill East (15:52 in 2015) and Jack Shea of Cherokee (16:05 in 2015).