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The Viking Legacy

Coach Justina Cassavell

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In her 16 years at VHS, Coach Cassavell built one of the best XC programs in NJ state history. From 1997 to 2012, she led her Viking girls' XC teams to three NJ Meet of Champions titles, 9 state group titles, 13 state sectional titles and three trips to the Nike XC national championships in Portland , Oregon. Her teams also hold the the top two team averages ever run at Holmdel Park. In track, Cassavell led Voorhees to several sectional and state indoor and outdoor titles, and in 2002, her 4x800 squad won the Adidas Outdoor National Championship. Her teams had a remarkable streak of 15 straight years of qualifying for the 4x800 at Penn Relays. Justina is currently the coordinator of cross country and track & field for the men and women at Ramapo College.

Melanie Thompson

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As a sophomore, Lanie Thompson won every XC meet she competed in, including Group and MOC titles, and culminating with a 13th place finish at the Nike National Championships. Overall from 2006-2009, Lanie won six career titles at the NJ Meet of Champions. She was the individual XC champion twice, the 3,200m champion three times (indoors and outdoors) and won the outdoors 1,600m as a senior. She also won 9 Group and 8 sectional championships in XC and T&F. At the University of Oregon, Thompson set the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was a two-time All-American in the event. 

Chris Romero

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Sophomore Chris Romero's breakout  XC season came in 2015. Of the 10 meets he competed in, he finished in the top three six times, with his lowest finish being 12th place at the Nike Northeast Championships.  During his 2017 senior XC season, Chris had 10 top three performances, highlighted by championships at Sectionals and the Nike Northeast Regional Championships. In track, Chris won three sectional 1600m titles (2 outdoor and 1 indoor), an indoor sectional 3200m title, a Group  outdoor 1600m championship and was runner-up at the 2018 outdoor MOC in the 1600m. Chris is continuing to run at the University of Pennsylvania.

Liz Wort

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Despite her success in field hockey, Liz opted for cross-country and track and field her senior year and truly excelled. In 2002, she won the outdoor Meet of Champions title in the 3,200 and was a member of the Voorhees 4x800-meter relay team that ran 7:59 and won a national title. She went on to continue her career at Duke University, where she was a three-time All-American and set the school record of 9:51.76 in the steeplechase. Liz won the 2007 NCAA East Regional in the steeplechase to become Duke’s first East Regional champion in addition to serving as team captain for three seasons. She is currently a member of the Duke coaching staff for cross-country and track and field.

Voorhees XC Championships



Voorhees Indoor Track & Field Championships


* Denotes Groups 2 Championship Records

Voorhees Spring Track & Field Championships