Cherokee girls place 5 in top 8 in record-setting S.J. Group XC championship!!!!!

The Cherokee girls packed five runners in 30 seconds and rolled to a record-setting team title in the South Jersey Group 4 XC sectionals Saturday.

Cherry Hill East Alexis Tepper was the overall winner in 19:51, but Cherokee had five of the next seven finishers on the water-logged 5K course at DREAM Park in Logan Township.

Freshman Kerry O’Day, sophomore Kelsey Niglio and junior Nicole Clifford placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Cherokee, with freshmen Olivia Parkinson and Alaina Bromley not far behind in 7th and 8th.

O’Day ran 19:56, Niglio 20:08 and Clifford 20:19. Parkinson and Bromley crossed the line in 20:24 and 20:26. Noelle Falzone and Allison Rathman also ran sub-21 and gave Cherokee all seven finishers in the top 17.

It was the first time this year O’Day was Cherokee’s first finisher.

Cherokee finished the season undefeated.

The title is Cherokee’s second and first since 2003, when the Lady Chiefs had overall winner Lisa Burkholder squeaked by Shawnee, 63-64.

This one wasn’t nearly as close. Cherokee finished with a 24-61 margin over Cherry Hill East, with Clearview third with 90 points.

Scoring against the entire field, Cherokee would have won 24-31. 

Cherokee, ranked No. 9 in the state, equalled the second-lowest score in South Jersey Group 4 sectional history and tied the lowest score ever by a South Jersey school.

Brick Township won the 1987 race with 21 points, and Shawnee won the 1994 race with 24 points. Long-time Seneca coach (and now athletic director) Karen O’Neill was on that team and placed second in that race behind teammate Liz Moore.

Here’s a look at the lowest team scores in South Jersey Group 4 sectional history:

21 … Brick Township, 1987
24 … Cherokee, 2020
24 … Shawnee, 1994
27 … Brick Township, 1978
28 … Toms River North, 1977
28 … Toms River East, 1984
30 … Brick Township, 1985
31 … Brick Township, 1986
32 … Shawnee, 1983
33 … Shawnee, 1993
35 … Toms River North, 1976
35 … Shawnee, 2001
36 … Toms River North, 1979
36 … Toms River North, 1978 [2nd]
37 … Shawnee, 1995
37 … Brick Township, 1988
37 … Paul VI, 1987 [2nd]
40 … Shawnee, 1991
40 … Paul VI, 1989
41 … Paul VI, 1986 [2nd]
42 … Shawnee, 1990
42 … Brick Township, 1989 [2nd]
43 … Shawnee, 1996
46 … Toms River East, 1980
49 … Shawnee, 1991

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