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It’s rare that one state has the nation’s top team and individual, but the Garden State has that honor with the fall season coming up. Christian Brothers Academy--Northeast Regional winner that took 5th at NXN and will be seeking a 17th state Meet of Champions title--returns 5 varsity runners with a 9:29 3200 average in track and will be tackling a tough schedule from the get-go.
While some may debate whether the Colts should be #1, there’s no argument on Edward Cheserek, the Kenyan star from St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark. Stepping out from the shadows of Lukas Verzbicas and the Rosa twins, Cheserek--NXN runner-up with an 8:42.66 indoor 2-mile and 4:03.29 outdoor mile (all behind Verzbicas)--should have any race to himself this fall.
CBA, led by 4:14 miler George Kelly, has 4 seniors and 3 juniors in its top 7. The Colts will run the Bowdoin Classic in Wappingers Falls, New York, on Sept. 24, to review the regionals course. As great as they are, CBA cannot sit pretty because both former champion Don Bosco and especially 2010 3rd-placer West Windsor Plainsboro South (not North, the Rosas’ team) have powerful teams that loom as regional threats. Cheserek’s school does not compete in state events. The MOC individual ranks are wide open.