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35th Annual Mike Berry Memorial Run

35th Annual Mike Berry RunOn the 20th anniversary of 9/11, 11 Cheltenham Cross Country alumni, current Panther harriers and others associated with the program assembled at Curtis Park for the 35th Mike Berry Run. With legendary talent, work ethic, competitiveness and team orientation, Berry remains a storied figure in Cheltenham Cross Country lore. Former cross country coach Tom Sexton coached Berry and is the event organizer.

 

Alumni participants included Martin Kiebert ’70, Adam Rosenberg ’74, Jon Peller ’74, Vince Durning ’76, David Glass ’88, Adam Alper ’00, Meeks Brucker ’05, Chuck Papacostas ’09, Ryan Gorman ’09, Michael Collins ’09, Matti Hollo ’13. Cheltenham track and field coaches Bob Beale and Carl Grossman ’65 and country coaches Russ Wolff and Rob Wilman also attended. 

Berry finished second at the 1979 PIAA state meet at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County in 1979 and came back to coach the Panthers before his untimely passing at the age of 23 in an auto accident on February 20, 1986. The scholarship was established in his honor to reward a top CHS senior cross country runner who best exemplified Berry’s competitive spirit. Since 1986, Cross Country alumni have raised more than $35,000 through this event for the Mike Berry Scholarship.  

After leading the Panthers to an undefeated spring season in the United 10 and the United 10 Invitational Championship, Ben Soboloff earned the 2021 Michael Berry Memorial Cross Country Award to the outstanding cross country athlete. This fall, Soboloff is one of 40 first-year, non-Georgia-resident students to receive a Provost Scholarship Award for their demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement, outstanding leadership skills, and high potential to contribute inside and outside the classroom at Georgia Tech, where he’s studying biomedical engineering.

 

Those wishing to contribute to the Mike Berry Scholarship can mail a check made out to the “Mike Berry Scholarship Fund” to:

Tom Sexton

6505 Tabor Ave., Apt. 3120

Philadelphia, PA  19111