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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Cheserek, CBA dominate regional races

By By Brandon Parker

Since he's now done it seven times this year, Edward Cheserek breaking a course record isn't exactly news. But that doesn't mean it's not impressive.

The St. Benedict's junior shattered the 34-year-old course record by 12 seconds with a time of 15:20.5 at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, earning him his seventh record in as many races this season and solidifying his status as the favorite at next month's Foot Locker Nationals. Last year, Cheserek ran at the Nike Cross National meet and finished second behind Lukas Verzbicas.

Christian Brothers Academy also showed its dominance at the Nike Northeast Regional this past weekend, repeating as champs with a team average of 16:24.6. Last year, the Colts finished fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals meet, but the nation's No. 1 team is sure to be the favorite this time around. On the individual side, Westfield's Tim Leahy surged to the head of the pack to win the race in a time of 16:08.9, making him one of seven New Jersey runners to qualify for next week's national race in Oregon.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.