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Strong Alumni Showing at 33rd Mike Berry Memorial Run

Mike Berry Memorial Run With 13 alumni participants ranging in graduation years from 1970 through 2018 and members of the CHS Cross Country team, the 33rd Mike Berry Memorial Run took place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Curtis Arboretum. Thank you to the following for supporting the event: Martin Kiebert ’70, Adam Rosenberg ’74, Vince Durning ’76, Mark Voit ’79, Mark Gyandoh ’92, John D’Anjou ’96, Dan Sluzas ’97, Jordy Czjaka ’97, Adam Alper ’00,  Meeks Brucker ’05, Michael Collins ’09, Asad Grant ’16 and Jack Haines ’18. Mike Berry’s daughter Naja Funches was also present. 

Since 1986, Cross Country alumni have raised more than $30,000 through this event for the Mike Berry Scholarship. This past spring, Jason Cornelison ’19 was recognized as the 2019 recipient of the Mike Berry Scholarship. A two-time Suburban One American Cross Country champion, Cornelison is also a two-time state qualifier. Running on a sore knee at the 2018 state championship, Cornelison improved his 2017 finish by four spots, taking 41st in 17:09. A tremendous scholar who graduated in the top 20 of his class, Cornelison matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania. 

With legendary talent, work ethic, competitiveness and team orientation, Berry is a storied figure in Cheltenham Cross Country lore. He 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 reward a top CHS senior cross country runner who best exemplified Berry’s competitive spirit.