National Elite At Holmdel Park
Greeating, Sneaker Factorians! Some of you may or may not be up on the happenings of New Jersey High School cross country running. Well if you aren’t, you will be amazed at one of the most amazing feats in New Jersey history.
October 1st was the Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park. For those of you who don’t know, Holmdel Park is one of THE premiere running parks on the East Coast. When you are a New Jersey high school runner, no matter where you run in the state, the obvious question is “What’s your Holmdel time?” This park is the measuring stick by which Jersey guys and girls judge each other.
When I first moved to Jersey from my native Connecticut, all I heard about was “the roller coaster” this and “the bowl” that… I had no clue what it all meant. But I knew that 15:21 was an insane time for a high schooler to run at a course that my teammates made it sound like could literally end a weak person’s existence, as it would eventually do to me a few times.
I remember the talk of Jersey native Craig Forys from Colts Neck and the epic day he smashed to record on the same day his older brother busted out of relative obscurity on the national scene at Lock Haven to qualify for NCAA Nationals. An epic day for Jersey, and one that has gone down in the annals of history as being one for the ages! But what took place yesterday was so far beyond anything comprehensible to the human mind.
Edwards Cheserak is a Kenyan native who has since relocated here to the Garden State, and taken up residence in Newark, NJ. Edward is a junior at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, and to say he is the most electrifying and talented runner in our state’s history would be an understatement. Edward has been destroying course records left and right, and the talk of the state has been what would he do at Shore Coaches. Well, on this muddy, cool, crisp autumn day, Edward not only broke the course record, he more or less destroyed it! Preliminary reports to Dr. Love from coaching friends were that he just barely broke 15 for the 5,000m course, and Dr. Love nearly dropped his Bacon Turkey Bravo at Panera Bread. As it turns out, Edward ran an AMAZING 14:53 through this very tricky, hilly, muddy and epic course! Congrats to Edward- the running community can not wait to see what is in store for this very special runner.
Oh, but that’s not all! As if that epic run was not enough, everyone’s favorite local dominant Catholic school, Christian Brother’s Academy Lincroft ran one of the most amazing team races ever recorded. The team average of 16:08 for 5k is one of the most amazing high school team races I have ever come across. In the team scoring competition, the Colts of CBA took places 1-5- a clean sweep of the competition- a feat not easily achieved at New Jersey’s premier cross country invitational. The Colts ran so well, only Cheserek was ahead of their lead 5!
This was no ordinary day of racing, and Dr. Love, and all of the Sneaker Factory Factorians would like to congratulate all of the athletes in all of the races (especially the Red Bank Regional team who have a fantastic coaching staff…) for a job well done!
Till next time, Factorians, support your local Cross Country runners!