Cherry Hill East, Cherokee boys mix it up in season-opening XC showdown!!!!!

Cherry Hill East, ranked No. 4 in the state, opened its 2020 XC season by placing six runners at in the top 10 in a seven-team Olympic Conference batch meet Saturday.

Seniors Aidan Groff, Gabe Rodriguez and Aidan Eyre placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th of 46 finishers, Groff in 16:17, Rodriguez 16:20 and Eyre 16:39 for East.

Cherokee senior Nico Grilli was the overall winner, covering the 5,000-meter layout at DREAM Park in Logan Township in 16:11.

Rounding out the 10 top were Camden Catholic senior Aeden Rosolia [5th in 16:43], Cherokee senior Brett Shea [6th in 16:48], Cherry Hill East sophomore Michael McCurdy [7th in 16:51], Cherokee sophomore Conor Jacob [8th in 16:54], then junior Dylan Hagan [9th in 17:04] and senior Justin Whitney [10th in 17:14],  both of Cherry Hill East.

Cherokee packed the next four finishers, all under 18 minutes – senior Dylan Odud [17:22], sophomore Patrick Ditmars [17:47], junior Bradley Poplar [17:48] and sophomore Thomas Bromley [17:51].

Team scoring wasn’t kept, but unofficially Cherry Hill East would have finished with a 25-38 margin over Cherokee.

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