Junior Patrick Ditmars ran a 1:58.09 anchor to lead Cherokee’s all-underclass 4-by-8 to a quick win at the Don Danser Relays at Lenape on Saturday.
Cherokee ran an unpressed 8:08.33, winning the race by about 300 meters.
Junior Thomas Bromley led off with a 2:02.62 split and had already built a 30-meter lead when he came through 400 meters in 58.28.
Junior Conor Jacob followed with a 2:03.32 split, and sophomore Nick Kuenkel, who missed most of XC and all of indoor with an injury, followed with a 2:0430 split in his first race since Oct. 2.
That set up Ditmars, the Burlington County XC champ this past fall, who went out in 56.34 running solo on his way to a 1:58.09 anchor.
It’s Cherokee’s fastest opening-weekend 4-by-8 since 1999, when Mike Urbanovich, Dave Sitzer, Mike Caputi and Aaron Boucher ran 7:59.3 at the 1999 Hall of Fame Relays in Maple Shade, the precursor to the Don Danser Relays. It’s also the fastest time at the meet since then.
Thomas Bromley 2:02.62
Conor Jacob 2:03.32
Nick Kuenkel 2:04.30
Patrick Ditmars 1:58.09