Nico Grilli runs all-time #5 time at DREAM Park for Cherokee in Olympic Conference batch meet!!!

Cherokee senior Nico Grilli ran a personal best 16:01 on the DREAM Park course and was he first finisher in the seven-team Olympic Conference batch meet by over 100 meters Saturday morning.

Grilli’s previous PR on the Logan Township 5,000-meter course was 16:09 last October at the Olympic Conference Championships.

His 16:01 ties him for No. 5 performer in the three years the course has been used for major competitions.

Junior Billy Clewell of Camden Catholic, a first-year XC runner, placed second in 16:24.

Although team scoring wasn’t kept, Cherokee would have edged Washington Township 35-37 if it was.

Cherokee went 1-3-7-10-14, and Township went 4-5-8-9-11-13.

Cherokee also had senior Brett Shea [3rd in 16:28], sophomore Conor Jacob [7th in 16:52] and senior Dylan Odud [10th in 17:01] in the top 10.

Washington Township was led by seniors Cole Kolodziej [4th in 16:28] and Julian Lawson [6th in 16:29], with senior Mason Brewster [8th in 16:55] and junior Chris Colavita [9th in 16:59] also in the top 10.

Lenape sophomore Jake Buniva finished 6th in 16:50.

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