Cheserek sets record, CBA is perfect...again

Now that football rankings and Monday Morning Quarterback talk is out of the way, it's time devote some much deserved attention to New Jersey's domination of the cross country scene.

Let's start with Edward Cheserek. The St. Benedict's Prep junior has run just two races this year and in each, he's set a new course record. A week after shattering the Garret Mountain mark with a 14:53 at the Passaic Coaches Invitational, Cheserek put his name atop arguably the state's most prestigious course record book: Holmdel Park.

The Kenya native ran another 14:53 to best the old mark of 14:56 set two years ago by legendary West Windsor-Plainsboro North runner Joe Rosa.

Meanwhile, top-ranked Christian Brothers Academy averaged 16:08 among its first five runners, barely missing the record for course average. No sweat for the Colts, though — they already held the mark after running a 16:06 at last year's Meet of Champions.

Nonetheless, the Colts proved impressive, placing the next five runners after Cheserek to produce a perfect score of 15. West Windsor-Plainsboro South finished second with 80 points.

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