Miles Schoedler won plenty of races in the 2010 high school cross country season.
The Ocean City High School senior won individual titles in the South Jersey Group III, Cape-Atlantic League and Cape May County championship races. He also helped lead the Red Raiders to their second consecutive South Jersey Group III team championship.
However, it was a second-place finish that ended up being the moment Schoedler was most proud of this season.
"One (of the best performances) for me has got to be the Shore Coaches Invitational. I placed second behind Jim Rosa, but it was a big Holmdel (personal record) for me."
Schoedler finished the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes, 44 seconds, nearly 45 seconds faster than his previous personal best at Holmdel. West Windsor-Plainsboro North's Rosa, one of the top scholastic runners in the nation, won in 15:30.
The race helped establish Schoedler, who committed to Georgetown University in November, as one of the state's best distance runners.
Schoedler is The Press Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Schoedler showed off his skill at several invitational meets this fall. He won races at the Cherokee Challenge and the South Jersey Shootout. In October, he won the Walt Disney World Classic in Florida.
As Schoedler excelled individually, Ocean City enjoyed similar success as a team. The Red Raiders won their third straight Cape-Atlantic League title and their second South Jersey championship.
"That (winning the South Jersey team title) was pretty special to me," Schoedler said.
Ocean City was also 10-0 in dual meets, with Schoedler leading the way in many races.
"We were fortunate to have a very strong 1-2-3 punch with Schoedler, Erik Johnson and Andrew DeMaria," Ocean City coach Matt Purdue said. "A number of our meets, we were able to take the top three spots and clinch a victory for the team."
With the cross country season over and his college destination decided, Schoedler can focus on the rest of his senior year. He will kick off the indoor track season Saturday at the New York City Armory in a qualifier for the prestigious Millrose Games mile race in January.
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