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Voorhees XC Car Wash on October 19th!!

Save the Date!!!!The VHS XC/T&F Booster Club is having its annual fall car wash on Saturday, October 19th, from 8am-1pm in the parking lot at VHS. There are no meets scheduled on that day and the boys and girls will finish practice in time to all work the car wash. 


So please tell all of your friends and family to bring their dirty cars, trucks and tractors to our car wash on Oct. 19th!!


Please sign-up to help out and to donate food & supplies for the car wash by clicking on the link below.

Volunteer opportunities for our runners on Oct.13!!

On Sunday, October 13, there are two opportunities for our XC teams to volunteer at local running events. The girls are asked to help out at the Main Street Half-Marathon in Clinton and the boys at the John Slusher Memorial 5k in Califon. 


The Main Street Half-Marathon supports local substance abuse prevention and recovery efforts and the John Slusher Memorial 5k supports eduction in the form of scholarships focused on journalism/communication to local high school seniors.


Both teams have been volunteering at these events for the past few years and they are great opportunities for our athletes to have fun together while supporting some important local causes . To sign your runner up or for more information, please contact Jocelyn Sell at 973-219-2350 for the girls and Jessica Beard at 201-320-7848 for the boys.

Voorhees Wins Three Titles at H/W/S by Jim Lambert

10/12/19


Voorhees led by Dylan Fritz's victory, maintained its stranglehold on the boys title by rolling to its seventh straight title, and Hunterdon Central and Emma McGill of Voorhees continued their strong seasons with victories at Thursday's Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex County Championships at the Phillipsburg Athletic Complex.


In the boys race, Fritz (16:37) and rising sophomore star Jack Tavaglione (16:40) went 1-2 to ignite the attack for Voorhees, which went 1-2-4-14-16, averaged 17:13, and had a split of 1:22 on the way to a convincing 37-91 victory over runner-up Pope John.       

Fritz, who was second as a junior last year, has quietly put together a very strong season as the leader of the pack for Voorhees. He's dropped big PR's on every course he's raced on this season, including a 13 second improvement from the 16:50 he ran on the very rugged 3.1-mile course at P-Burg last year when he was fifth at the Skyland Conference Championships.


While Fritz might be a bit under some people's radar this year, watch out for him at the conference, sectionals, and state's. He has the talent and potential to drop even more time and be a major contender in every race he runs. 


The rest of the scorers for the Voorhees boys were senior Luke Higgins fourth in 16:53, senior Josh Kinsky, 14th in 17:56, and sophomore Matt Deacon, 16th in 18:00.

On the girls side, McGill, a junior, continued her torrid campaign on the trails by winning her fifth major title this fall. McGill ran 19:14 to finish first by 40 seconds over junior Laurel Kurtzof Hunterdon Central. McGill, fourth at the HWS meet last year, has now improved her times on every course she's run this season. 

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McGill wins 4th race and Boys' Varsity wins Group D at Shore Coaches!!!

October 5, 2019


PR's were dropping and our runners were flying as Emma McGill won her 4th race of the young 2019 XC season and the Boys' Varsity, Girls' Varsity and Girls' JV took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their group races yesterday at the New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park yesterday!!!


Emma McGill led our Lady Vikings to a 2nd place team finish in the Varsity D race, winning the race with a PR of 18:52, 26 seconds faster than last year's race. Emily Sell took 6th place at 19:48 (PR of 1:37), Darby Roskowski 19th at 21:11, Alina Staten 34th at 21:41, Emma Pankuck 39th at 21:50 (PR of 1:47), Zoey Cassavell 40th at 21:51 and Julia Romero 41st at 21:56. There were 21 teams and 154 runners in the race.


Click here to see Emma's post race interview on njmilesplit:

https://nj.milesplit.com/videos/405161


Dylan Fritz led our Viking Boys Varsity to a 1st place team finish in the Varsity D race, in 6th place with a time of 16:40, a 24 second PR! Luke Higgins grabbed 7th at 16:44 (PR of 25s), Jack Tavaglione 8th at 16:47, Matt Deacon 38th at 18:07, Nik Oliver 39th at 18:09 (PR of 8s), Josh Kinsky 40th at 18:10 and Sam Dispenza 49th at 18:21 with a huge PR of 2:05!! Way to crush it Sam!! There were 27 teams and 183 runners in the race.


In the remaining races, the Girls' JV team finished 3rd out of 12 teams in the JV C race, the Boys' JV finished 12th out of 20 teams in the JV C race and the Boys' Freshmen finished 13th out of 17 teams.


To see all of our teams' results, go to

https://nj.milesplit.com/meets/363204/teams/4118…


Great job everyone!!!

Voorhees Boys' XC Varsity team
Voorhees Boys' XC Varsity team

Viking Ladies Varsity and JV go 1st and 2nd at Six Flags!!!!

9/28/19

Our Lady Vikings took 1st place in the Varsity D race and 2nd in the JV C race today at the Six Flags Safari Invitational!!!


Emma McGill led the way today with a 3rd place finish at 18:28, followed by Emily Sell in 6th place at 19:41, Darby Roskowski in 15th at 21:07, Grace Pankuck in 23rd at 21:30, Julia Romero in 28th at 21:52, Alina Staten in 29th at 21:53 and Emma Pankuck in 37th at 22:28.   There were 119 runners from 16 teams.


In the JV C race, our ladies were just edged out by St. Marks H.S., 40-45. Zoey Cassavell led the way with a 1st place finish at 21:31. She was followed by Kerrigan Brennan in 5th place at 22:44, Cecelia Jelvani in 10th at 23:14, Gabrielle Jelvani in 11th at 23:26, Mia Abramo in 23rd at 24:38, Lindsay Kinsky in 30th at 25:35, Cate O'Brien in 40th at 26:42 and Alyssa Pershad in 42nd at 26:58.
There 106 runners on 10 teams.


Great job Ladies! You had an incredible day!!!

Zoey Cassavell
Zoey Cassavell

Tavaglione and Deacon make 2019 sophomore watch list!!!

August 19, 2019


Jack Tavaglione and Matthew Deacon have been named to the NJMilesplit 2019 list of top 1, 000 sophomore XC runners!!!!


Jack is ranked 8th overall with a best Holmdel time of 17:26 and Matt has the 32nd spot with a time of 18:30. 

 

Way to go boys!!! Best of luck to you both and the rest of the boys' team this season!!!!

Jack Tavaglione  and  Matt Deacon
Jack Tavaglione and Matt Deacon
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McGill top Junior NJ XC runner!

August 13, 2019


Emma McGill has been named the top junior XC runner heading into the 2019 season by NJMilesplit!!! 


This is based on the top 1,000 times from the class of 2021 runners from last season at Holmdel events only. Her time of 19:17 ties her for 1st with Mia Dubac of Clifton  H.S.  When looking at all XC courses from last season, her PR of 18:41 places her third overall in NJ.


Way to go Emma!!! We are so proud of you and look forward to cheering for you and the rest of the team this season!!!

The Voorhees 2019 XC season is beginning soon!

July 15, 2019


The XC season is right around the corner and informal summer training has already started. While not required, it's a great way to have an established training base prior to mandatory XC practices which begin next week. Please check out the XC page for practice and meet schedules for this season.


If you are new parents to Voorhees XC, please be sure to sign-up for Booster Club emails by using the sign-up link at the bottom of this homepage so you don't miss important team news, events and updates to meet schedules. Enjoy your summer everyone!


It's a great summer to train like a Vike!!!!

Dylan Fritz
Dylan Fritz

Spratford named USATF runner of the month!

June 10, 2019


Katrina Spratford ('08) was named May Runner of the Month by USATF New England. Katrina earned the recognition with recent impressive finishes, including a second place finish at the USATF New England XC Championships in Franklin Park, first place in the 5000m at the prestigious Penn Relays, and 12th place in the 10k at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon. 


Katrina is a professional runner for New England Distance, a community based non-profit tasked with spreading the sport of running to impoverished and less fortunate communities in Rhode Island.


Way to go Spratty!! You continue to make us proud!

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Congratulations to our Girls' DMR team!

April 27, 2019


Congratulations to the Voorhees Girls' DMR team of Lauren Wagner, Rachel Rosales, Emily Sell and Emma McGill for taking 10th place at the Penn Relays yesterday with a time of 12:05.81 !!! That was a new PR by 14 seconds for these girls! There were 18 schools overall, 5 from NJ. The Viking ladies were the 2nd NJ school, finishing ahead of North Hunterdon! Great job girls!

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Katrina Spratford '08 wins gold at Penn Relays!!!

April 26, 2019


Eleven years after graduating from VHS, Katie Spratford is still bringing home the gold! Now 28 years old and living in Woonsocket, RI, Katie won the Womens' 5000m event at the Penn Relays on Thursday night with a time of 16:02.34. The field included 63 runners from all over the US. 


Katie is representing NE Distance, a New England based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a unique dual mission to promote health and well-being among children while providing support to post-collegiate athletes on a training path to top-level competition.


While at Voorhees, Katie was a founding member of the legendary XC/T&F teams coached by Justina Cassavell. Along with teammates Melanie Thompson, Katherine Petruzzellis and Collette Whitney, Katie   helped the girls' XC team win the 2007 MOC and place 13th nationally at the Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Oregon.  At the 2008 Outdoor MOC, she finished 10th in the 3200m.


After graduating from VHS, Katie had an illustrious career at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she was an 8-time All-American. In 2012 she was the PSAC Women’s Cross Country Champion and a year later she was the 2013 Shippensburg Female Athlete of the Year. Katie graduated cum laude from Shippensburg in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and sought to continue post-collegiate racing.


Since joining the NE Distance team five years ago, Katie has continued to excel as she has posted numerous personal bests and ascended through the ranks of US distance runners. In her first few years with the team, she set several personal records in indoor and outdoor track by running 4:54.07 for the mile at the 2015 USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship, 16:08 for 5,000m at the 2015 Adrian Martinez Classic, and 33:10.50 for 10,000m at the 2015 Stanford Invitational.


However, Katie's most impressive feats as an NE Distance Elite athlete have undoubtedly come in cross country. Since 2016, Katie has earned finishes of 12th, 13th, 9th, and 7th at USATF Club and National Cross Country Championships. As a result of those great performances, Katie has been selected to compete for Team USA in international competition four times, most notably finishing 8th and 10th at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


When not training, Katie is eager to be a role model for the children of Woonsocket, and to give back to the community she now calls her home. She has fully embraced the Woonsocket community and looks forward to the next cross country season! Way to go Katie! You are a true Viking role model and make all of us back here in Hunterdon county proud of you!

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About Us

Booster Club Mission and Organization

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To establish an educational and supportive environment for the young men and women of the Voorhees Cross Country and Track & Field teams by providing financial support, administrative assistance, coordination of social activities and philanthropic efforts. 

Our booster club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports Voorhees High School’s Cross Country and Track & Field Programs. Although the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School district provides the majority of the financial resources needed to assist athletes and coaches alike in a program as successful as Voorhees’s, the role of the booster club is to provide additional financial and volunteering support to both the Cross Country and the Track & Field teams.

The booster club hosts, coordinates, and covers the financial cost of numerous functions and initiatives throughout the school year for athletes and their parents. In order to do so, the booster club collects membership dues, participates in fundraising events, and encourages an active parental involvement. Your level of support has a direct impact on the success of all of our athletes! 

XC Membership Fees: $80

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     Benefits

  • Athletes' End of Season Banquet Fee
  • Senior athletes End of Season gifts
  • End of Season coaches' gifts
  • Parent t-shirt
  • Team car magnet

Track and Field Membership Fees: $80

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     Benefits

  • Athletes' End of Season Banquet Fee
  • Senior athletes End of Season gifts
  • End of Season coaches' gifts
  • Parent t-shirt
  • Team car magnet

Booster Club Services & Programs

Services

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  • Supports additional equipment needs
  • Organizes and promotes philanthropic and fundraising events
  • Organizes hospitality for athletes and coaches during races and pasta parties
  • Coordinates the sale of team apparel 

Programs

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  • Pre-season Booster Club meetings
  • End of Season Awards Banquets
  • Fundraising Events
  • T&F Snack Shack
  • Pasta Parties (XC season only)

Support the Booster Club today!!

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Pay your booster club dues or make a charitable donation today using the Pay Dues button below!

 Monetary donations and goods contributed are completely tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds are utilized to support our running programs and capital improvements to our athletic facilities. 

Please contact Tim Minor, President, VHS XC/T&F Booster Club for more information by using the Contact Us link below.

Help Support Our Booster Club

Your dues and charitable contributions will enable us to support the needs of both our athletes and coaches. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Vikings still on the Run !!!!

Brendan McGill

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Brendan is a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in political science and economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meter events on their track & field team.

Matt Vira

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Matt is a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in political science and economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the 3,000 and 5,000 meter, and steeplechase events on their track & field team.

Evan Minor

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Evan is a junior at Bucknell University, majoring in economics and German. He competes on the XC team and runs the mile, 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter events on their track & field team.

Nick Raefski

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Nick is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the mile, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meter events on their track & field team.

Robert Whitney

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Robert is a senior at Cornell University, majoring in civil engineering. He competes on the XC team and runs the DMR, 3,000 and 5,000 meter events on their track & field team.

Nick Cregar

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Nick is a senior at Moravian College, majoring in physical therapy. He competes on the football team and throws javelin for their track and field team. 

Alainna Sharp

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Alainna is a sophomore at the University of Maine and will be competing on their track and field team this winter and spring.

Chris Romero

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Chris is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, competing for both their cross country and track and field teams.

Chad Belick

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Chad is a sophomore at New York University majoring in business. He throws shot put and javelin for their track & field team this winter and spring. 

Jack Memoli

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Jack is a sophomore at Bucknell University and is competing on their track & field team this winter and spring 

Nicole Cassavell

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Nicole is a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island majoring in textile and design. She competes for both their cross country and track and field programs. 

Kevin Sommer

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Kevin is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University and will be competing on their track and field teams. 

Lauren Wagner

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Lauren is a freshman at American University and will be competing on both their cross country and track and field teams.

Daniel McConnell

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Daniel is a freshman at Bates College and will be competing on both their cross country and track & field teams.

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Tim Minor

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Voorhees, XC/T&F Booster Club

VHS XC and Track and Field Booster Club

256 County Route 513, Glen Gardner, New Jersey 08826, United States