The Cherokee Challenge is a great event for women runners
Two meets in the Colonial Valley Conference regular season, familiar names turn in good performances and other runners are making some notice.
On the girls side, Hopewell Valleys Paige Dumont, who runner-up last year at the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 3 meeting, holds the top time at Mercer County Park on the new season at 20 Allentown senior Andie Murray leads at Hamilton Veterans Park (19:49), Robbinsville junior Flavia Almeida leads with Washington Crossing 23:12, and among the younger class, West Windsor-Plainsboro The WW-P schools didn't participate in fall sports a year ago, making this season the first at the high school level for Chinchalkar, her teammates and their counterparts at WW South.
Princeton has the best leaders at two of the four boys' courses, junior Andrew Kenny leading at Mercer County Park (16:58) and senior Kento Nakaya leading in Rosedale Park 16:44. Anish Agrawal is at Veterans Park (16:42), a Lawrence senior Matt Stern leads at Washington Crossing (19:40) and burgeoning North senior Ani Agriwal leads on Veterans Day (16,42).
Three more dates of the regular-season meets of CVC are ahead of schedule, Oct. 5 a makeup date. On Tuesday, Notre Dame, Trenton, Hopewell Valley, Nottingham and Ewing will go to Hamilton Veterans Park. Hamilton West, Allentown, Hightstown and Princeton will be at Washington Crossing, and WW-P North, Steinert, Lawrence and Robbinsville will also be in Mercer County Park. If the makeup date is not used, Sept. 28 is the final day that CVC teams are across three courses, with Oct. 12 as the divisional championship race date at Washington Crossing.
Runners from the capital region showed well at the Cherokee Challenge last weekend. There was a large field at Cherokee High School, an early season 3200 meters event with runners who attended the event. Seven locals were the top 25 according to MileSplit, including leader Liliah Gordon of Northern Burlington (11:42.36), Ananya Devpura of WW-P South (12:07.26), As a result, Robbinsvilles Ayden Estevez was the top local, posting the 11th-best time overall in 10:09.49. Huns Eric Scully had the second-best finish among locals, with the 32nd-place finish in 10:29.83.
Montgomery crossed the Delaware last weekend for competition, running in the PTXC 12.2 event at Kutztown University. Of the 135 runners in the race, Montgomery had four in top 18 including Julia Scrudato (third, 19:52), Zoey Doelling (13th, 21:18.50), Elizabeth Henderson (14th Scrudato took the 15th place of the 260 runners in the two varsity races combined.
In the field of the 57 runners, with the two-week series of MileSplit-submitted meetings through Wednesday, Peddie senior Jackson Nguyen made the top time among local runners and 40th-best in Scrudatos time from the Kutztown meet was the highest time in the girls side, securing in 26th-best state.
A few races in the region this weekend will host local teams, with Fridays Battle at Ocean County Park welcoming runners from Northern Burlington and New Egypt for a meeting that begins at 30 o'clock. The first race at Garret Mountain is at 8:45. Lawrenceville and Pennington will go to the Briarwood Invitational at Philadelphia's Belmont Plateau on Saturday, with races starting at 11.
Winner of the Week.
Liliah Gordon got girls runner of the week honors for his high time at the 3200-meter Cherokee Challenge last Saturday, clocking 11:42.36 to finish in front of host Cherokee senior Nicole Clifford (11
Anish Agrawal, a WW-P North senior, gets boys Runner of the Week recognition for turning up the top time at Veterans Park this season with he 16:42 which also happens to be the best time on any Agrawal was in a standout trio with fellow senior teammates Jeffrey Chen and Nikhil Makker in that race, each finishing within half-second of each other.
The Week team of the Week will be the team's team.
According to MileSplit, Lawrencevilles girls earn Team of the Week honors for their third-best team score at the Cherokee Challenge. The Big Red girls averaged 12:43.97 on the 3200-meter course, with sophomore Nishka Malik leading the team in 12-19.30.
West Windsor-Plainsboro Norths boys have been dominant in their two Colonial Valley Conference meets, earning Team of the Week recognition. At the five-team meeting, WW-P North held the first day of meeting with the top 10 finishers at the Veterans Park five. The Knights held nine of the top 10 finishers again of their four teams at Rosedale Park earlier this week.
Boys Top 8 is Boys top 8.
1. WW-P North, North America and the North Pole.
2. Princeton Princeton
3. Lawrence Lawrence
5. WW-P South and the South WW2-PS South.
6. Hightstown is a town of Highst.
7. Peddie is a peddie.
Girls Top 8 is Girls' top 8.
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4. Hopewell Valley
5. Princeton Princeton
6. WW-P North-North America-Nord.
7. Notre Dame is Notre-Dame.
8. Steinert is the Steinenberger.