Cherokee Race Comments

I put those who ran 11 and under in the first section- everyone else is placed according to class- great job yesterday guys- you really made the program proud!!!

Sub 11.

Sam (9:55)- very solid run- you got our great- but- you yourself said- lost contact in the middle- some minor mistakes allowed those around you to get a gap- your hard right- hand -turn down the hill you took a bad route- always pay attention to not only the shortest tangent- but also the best footing- you fought after the hill and started moving on the top pack- a little inner psycho would have been nice the last portion- regardless- you raced a very solid race- we’re nowhere near our best 2 mile shape- actually closer to 4 mile shape- we’ll slowly being up the intensity while maintaining our mileage and consistency- remind yourself of your goals daily- embrace them and believe in them!

Kevin (9:56) Very good race- I didn’t see the last portion but up to that point you were running a perfect race- you got out great- you relaxed- and you were the only guy in the race that responded to Andrews move in the slightest- very nice work- please keep paying attention to your health, keep running and racing with confidence and continue to build on your already tremendous leadership skills- we’re doing it this year- all of us- lets make sure we all get there together.

Schoepfer- (10:18) tough race- very solid performance- I feel like the harder the course the better the Schoepfer- I look forward to your toughness when we get to Holmdel and Vanny- you’ve emerged as a potential elite- lets stamp our name out there- we could have the best top 3 in the state- lets continue to build on that!

Max- (10:29)- awesome race- you’ve quietly emerged as a top runner- you got our great stayed tough and cool and hammered all the way through the line- you’re a tough tough guy, I need you to commit to racing with Schoepfs- the stronger we are up top the better chance we have to make it all the way to our goals- you da man.

McKee (10:30)- nice work- remind yourself what we’re training for- you embody what we’re trying to get accomplished here- doing the best with what we have- thinking big- consistency etc. I’m very proud of your leadership- lets continue forward. I’m very proud of you.

Schmitty (10:37)- very solid race- you moved well the last portion- you’re becoming a solid force on this team- we need our top 5 to train and race like they intend to run in the 16:40’s on the old man- I’m counting on you to lead the charge- day in and day out- if you score out the meet we lose to Haddonfield 26-34 by my count – lets go after that figure- next time I want it to be 28-32, by the end of the season we have the skinnier number- we have some firepower up front- I need 5 passionate guys behind them- lets get after it.

Nate- (10:38) wow- maybe your best race to date- I’m proud of it- nobody’s earned it more than you- you’ve endured a great deal and most kids would have broken under the strain- you’ve earned a top 7 spot- lets keep pushing forward and commit to making your senior year incredibly memorable.

Wallack- (10:43) very solid race. You left some room for improvement in the middle- once you get out just lock into keeping your form together and staying relaxed- you do that you allow your fitness to shine- don’t try to do too much out there- we just need the best Doug- we get that we’re in great shape- continue to monitor your health.

Sameer (10:48) not your best race- let some gaps open in the middle- use your obvious strength to hold your race together in the middle- stay on it!!!!

Keith- (11:00) not bad- not great- a shade of grey- you got out well then seemed to get complacent- you’re a huge talent- the best 800 runners are solid xc runners- we need some insurance- train and race to be in our top 5 the better we compete with each other the finer our pool at the end of the season- so latch onto Max and company- stay with them as long as you can-.


In class order.

Freshman-Maeda (11:42) lets spend the next week getting you healthy- it’s tough to race well when dinged up- but you did a very admirable job- I want you to talk with Sam tomorrow in regards to footwear- he seems to think you need more support in your shoes- I tend to agree- you’re having a great freshman year!!!Kartik (12:10) not bad at all- you’re doing a very good job- actually a little ahead of where our top Junior runners were as freshman- keep up the great work!!Ron (13:20) good first race- it’ll just be a matter of time before you teach yourself how to race at a top level- very good time considering you didn’t have a summer of training- I’m proud of you- you’re a great addition to our family.

Prathik (13:34) very nice performance- I’m proud of you for running despite some aches and pains- lets treat as we train and get you into some running shape!!

Sophs– Joe Fergs (11:08) you do everything right- you guys are positive and hard working- the best combination in the world- you ‘re doing an amazing job and reaping the benefits of hard ork and consistency- I’m very proud of your improvement , OVER TWO MINUTES AND A HUNDRED PLACES FROM LAST YEAR!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!Buchbinder (11:14) you’re turning into a great runner- continue to work hard and race tough and you’ll be part of something special- you’re well on your way- 10 seconds faster than Max a year ago.Sean (11:19) phenomenal first race back- lets be smart with the hip- train as much as we can while staying healthy- very gutsy race!!!!!

Wonton (11:36) – solid race- I still think you can challenge yourself more in the middle of the race- stay out of your comfort zone and really push yourself!!!

Callahan (12:13) I think this is a step in the right direction- stay on it and you’ll do well- you’re contributing a great deal this year- keep up the great work!!

Waris (13:33) nice work buddy- you raced tough- get those eyes up man!- stay in the race- a big step forward today- you’re doing great!!!!!

Danny O- (13:37) wow man- first race and you’re already under 7 minutes a mile- you’ve been running for a week!!!!! I’m very proud of your decision to join our team- mark my word- if you commit to this sport you’ll make your mark- you’re just the kind of kid we like out there- you’ll finish the year in the 18’s- I’m sure of it!

Wulfy (14:23) I thought this was a solid race- you challenged yourself and didn’t back down- keep up the good work and start to turn up the heat at practice!

Adrian (16:24) keep working and improving you beat some guys today and did your best- you can’t do much more thins that- every race is a journey towards self confidence and personal achievement- mark your progress and coddle the journey- I’m proud of you.

JuniorsHurshal- (11:06). Awesome race- you’re doing a great job- I can see you’re having fun and taking this seriously- awesome awesome job!!!Aditya (11:26) solid race- I’d forgotten how well you race- you really put forth a tremendous effort- as your fitness grows so will your performance level!Sharing (12:16) – you’re a great addition to this team- you train and race tough and never back down- you can run in the 18’s this year- lets git r done.

Hwang (12:17) a step in the right direction- still a ways to go though- I hope there’s a lesson in here for you- that month away killed you- if you commit in the future you’ll see much greater returns.

Dharin (12:39) your best race to date- you were in the whole way and didn’t back down from the pace-I’m very proud of your performance.

Meers (13:06) great improvement over a year ago- keep it up- stay in the race (eyes up) and you’ll see great improvement- as soon as your eyes go to the ground you start running into it- eyes up!!!

Joey (14:06) another great race- lets keep at it and see if we can’t make a break for the 20:00 barrier!!!! We have 7 weeks guhyiturdunnnnn.

SeniorsDJ (11:13) Pretty incredible man- you’re a very good runner- I think you can run well into the 17’s this year- lets make it happen- you’re a great addition- you’d be a top runner an 90% of the schools in NJ- now that- you’re doing great great things!!!Gurbux (11:44) got out like poop- if you get trapped on this course your meat- you were meat today- there are too many turns and runners to make up the ground- learn from this and move on- I enjoy having you on the team – you’re contributing in big ways.Umar (12:15) huge improvement over a year ago- you ‘re very good at pushing yourself- keep working on your conditioning and stay healthy- lets make it our mission- along with B-Unit to get into the 18’s.

B-Unit (12:26) solid race- you can do better though- emo children are often excellent at suffering- so lets allow ourselves to suffer a little more in the middle- I think you can do a little better- you and cheems need to start the drive to 18- 7 weeks- every day counts.

Erik (12:29) – this was your best race to date- awesome job!!!! You stayed tough and raced to your limit- I’m proud of you and appreciate your leadership skills.

Wangsta (12:31) very nice race- you can improve your last 1/3 of the race- other than you’re doing well- I’m thankful of your commitment and appreciate the respect you have for your responsibility for this team- stay with it!!

Something to consider- I know I missed some of you- here’s a progression from past years! Jeff McKee- Mr. Consistency!!!

Cherokee Comparison






10:31 (8)

9:55 (7)



10:19 (9)

9:56 (3)



10:42 (22)

10:30 (23)



11:14 (10)








11:24 (45)




11:28 (46)





10:38 (32)


11:20 (42)



11:20 (41)








14:02 (180)

12:29 (171)


13:51 (177)



13:04 (157)

12:26 (164)



11:40 (56)



12:16 (110)



12:34 (129)




15:29 (220)

13:06 (227)

J Fergs



11:08 (39)

S Fergs







11:14 (45)



13:16 (121)

11:36 (82)



12:13 (129)








Katie Kellner (11:27) – Great effort, awesome start, but the gap started somewhere in the second mile.  You took the hill hard and then went, just as planned.  Shorter race than usual, but you’re there, kid.  All the pieces we’ve worked on this summer, they are coming together now.  Keep the confidence up and know that you are in fantastic shape, so run like it.


Caroline (11:45) – Unbelievable!  Great start, great finish!  You exploded up the hill and pushed to the top pack, never letting them out of your sight.  Great race, keep it up.


Shelbs (12:21) – Pre bonk on the head, you looked great!  Talk about improvement, 2 minutes from last year!  Keep up the intensity and use your strengths.  Forget about the knees, they aren’t a problem anymore (just be more hesitant before getting on a strangers shoulders).


Tingy (12:37) – Nice work!  Remind yourself what we are training for.  I think the Boston is out of your legs, so keep them rolling.  Great push in the beginning, and awesome finish passing 3 in the last 50 meters.  I am very proud of your leadership, keep it up.


Beck (12:42) – Over a minute faster than last year!  Way to hammer, you are in tremendous shape.  I need you and Tingy to continue to push each other and fight for those top spots.  A friendly rivalry helps you both succeed.  We need to watch the knee, taking care, stretching, and icing regularly.  Hang in there, I’m proud of you.


Julio (13:08) – This is the Julio we need to see more often, the one that forgets about everything else and lets it all loose out on the course.  I need you to step up the intensity and act like the seasoned athlete you have trained to become.  Great attitude, great race, let’s continue forward on this path.


Jessica (13:38) – Good job, running through the aches and pains.  I know that you were disappointed in your performance, but it is certainly a step (however painful) in the right direction.  We need to get you healthy, so you can be up there, vying for the top 5.  You have worked so hard to get to this point, don’t give up.


Donnelly (14:01) – Great race, kiddo!  This is what you’ve been training for.  Keep your eyes up and don’t let the gap open up in the middle of the race.  Hang tough and watch the finish, push with all you got, and don’t let them pass you.  I’m proud of you, you are a great addition to the team!


May (14:10) – Good race.  Let’s stay healthy, making sure that you are stretching and icing the legs.  We must train as much as we can while staying healthy!  Keep your sights on Donnelly and Julio!


Facheema (14:24) – And you didn’t want to step up to the line!  Way to get out there and push through the “aches and pains.”  It feels good to go fast.  Make sure that you take care of yourself, stretching, icing so that you stay healthy to race!  Over a minute faster than last year, great job.


Crossey (14:27) – Definitely a step in the right direction, keep contributing, you are doing awesome!  Don’t lose sight of Fatima and May and keep doing what you’re doing!  Great job.


Cara (14:29) – I thought this was a solid race, you hung tough and pushed through.  We gotta keep working and keep training hard in practice!  Let’s build that confidence.


Jaedi (15:07) – Not your best race, but a great effort, none the less.  Don’t get discouraged, you have all the tools you need to succeed.  You work hard in practice, so let’s let it all out in the race.  You cranked it up the one little hill and had a great kick at the finish.  So proud to have you sticking with it and staying on the team.  Keep it up!


Cai Cai (15:30) – You are a great addition to the team, you train tough and work hard.  We just need to work on your pacing.  When I tell you to go, you GO, so we just have to get you going the whole race! 


Em (16:01) – Minute improvement from last year, great job!  I am so proud that despite the aches and pains, the milk, whatever, you are out there pushing yourself.  Let’s get you healthy so that we can have a race without any pains we can’t explain.


Soumya (16:28) – Good race.  It’s great having you out there everyday, pushing yourself.  Keep it up.


Dorothy (16:52) – Hang in there kid, let’s keep doing the right things, keep pushing in practice, and keep the eyes up.  You’re doing well.


Saira (17:00) – Best race to date!  You bring such a positive energy and have such a great attitude, never give up!  Great leadership, keep doing what you’re doing.


Eisha (19:45) – Don’t get discouraged, you are improving everyday.  Keep working hard at practice, the races will come.  Good job.