CACC Champion Men's X-C Adds Kingsway, Cherokee Grads

(Photo of Aiden Lynch courtesy Lynch family.)
(Photo of Aiden Lynch courtesy Lynch family.)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Recent high-school graduates Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) and Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) have signed national letters of intent to continue their cross-country careers at Felician College, Felician head coach John Brennan announced today.

Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The Golden Falcons are the two-time defending CACC men's cross-country team champions, and have won the conference title nine times in the program's 12-year history. Felician completed the 2011 season with a No. 7 regional ranking.

Both runners enjoyed highly-decorated high-school careers. Cooke owns a combined four school records in cross-country and track & field at Kingsway Regional of Woolwich. As a senior, he was the individual conference and sectional champion in cross-country, and led his team to a sectional championship. He was a first-team all-South Jersey honoree in track. The 5-foot-10, 132-pounder is undecided on a major course of study.

"Tom was an all-state miler in the spring," Brennan said. "With those credentials, we are hopeful he has an immediate impact on our team and in our conference.

Lynch attained all-South Jersey status as a senior at Cherokee High of Marlton and finished fourth in the sectional championship. He helped Cherokee to Olympic Conference, Burlington County, and South Jersey Group IV Sectional championships.

"Aiden is a quality recruit that we think can contribute right away," Brennan said. "We expect that he will be a steady part of the team throughout his career."