The undefeated girls cross country team from the Middle School of Pleasantville wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their meet against Buena Regional Middle School recently. Earlier in the month, they also wrote breast cancer awareness essays, displayed on the pink board. At left rear is coach Irvin Marable, of Somers Point. The girls, from left, are team captain Rebekah Clark, Kerlanda Dervil, Kyerah Hopkins, Leeranie Vazquez, Zanaja Alston, Ahvonna Roe, Denise Alston, and Zaynah Tulu, all of Pleasantville.
Cross-country runners Zanaja Alston, sixth grade, Leeranie Vazquez, Ahvonna Roe, Denise Alston, Kyerah Hopkins, team captain Rebekah Clark, all eighth grade, and seventh-grader Kerlanda Dervil took off on the track at the start of their meet against Buena Regional.
Pleasantville seventh-grader Eli Jenkins tied his shoelaces and hung out with sixth-grade teammate Benjamin Clark.
Irvin Marable, of Somers Point, who is the girls cross country coach at the Middle School of Pleasantville, cheered on his runners as they finished their victorious meet against Buena. Marable is a cancer survivor. 'We decided to do it this year to show people that we aren't just running for fun, but we run for life,' he said. 'We have a purpose and a cause.'
Valerie Winfield, of Mays Landing, the boys cross country coach at the Middle School of Pleasantville, cheered on the girls as they crossed the finish line during their meet against Buena. 'Our family has had scares with breast cancer. … I was very impressed that (coach Marable) asked them to do this,' she said.