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The School Newspaper of Cherry Hill High School East


The School Newspaper of Cherry Hill High School East


Boys’ track team achieves first winning season in 21 years

On Monday, May 3, 2010, the East track team defeated Lenape High School by 11 points in a track meet that established their first winning season in 21 years.

Obi Onejeme (’10), a prominent field event senior on the team, said of the experience, “It was a big meet coming in because if we didn’t win it, then we wouldn’t have had a winning season. We haven’t had a winning season since 1989. Lenape always beats us and they were expected to beat us.”

According to Onejeme, Washington Township, another talented track team that crushed East in a previous meet, beat Lenape by a mere six points, thus proving their alleged superiority.

However, Onejeme explains that the East runners were not intimidated: “We came there expecting to win because our coaches told us: … Don’t worry about how good the other guy is, just run your race [or] just throw.” The runners came in first place for many races.

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A surprising first place win was in the 1600-meter, where Chris Dinh (’10) played the role of the underdog, running against one of Lenape’s best runners, but winning with approximately a twenty meter lead. Steve Omari (’11) also surprised the spectators, running an event he does not usually take part in, the 2400-meter. He ended up taking first place and adding to East’s first place wins. The successes of all the East runners yielded a satisfying win, which was finalized in the last event: the four by 400.

“It kind of sealed the deal,” said Onejeme. This year’s track team ran East out of its rut and into the glory of a beautiful winning season.

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    Mike WangMay 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I wasn’t aware there was a 2400 meter race but good job Omari!