By TOM WILLIAMS
Ocean City High School has rarely had a decade like Matt Purdue’s boys cross country team had from 2010-19.
In any sport.
His Raiders were 92-1 in dual meets, winning nine county champions and nine Cape-Atlantic League championships. Ocean City won three South Jersey titles during the decade and finished second in the South Jersey meet six other times.
With that much success there were a great many very good runners. In fact, after you separate the 10 runners selected to the All-Decade team, there are at least that many more who would likely be selected during a normal decade.
The best of the bunch ran just one season but it was a great one. Miles Schoedler, recently inducted into the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame, was the South Jersey Group 3 champion in 2010 (he had also won in 2009), was South Jersey Runner of the Year and recorded one of the fastest times ever at Holmdel Park. He was also chosen the OCHS Boys Track Athlete of the Decade in the spring.
But Schoedler has an impressive lineup of runners with him on this all-decade team. Erik Johnson also had an all star season in 2010. Kevin Scott, Louis Paone and Brandon Hadtke were all multiple season CAL all stars who were teammates for one season in 2012.
In the latter part of the decade, Jesse Schmeizer had the maximum four CAL first team selections and, in 2017, was teamed with multiple all stars Korey Greene and Anthony Conte. Luke Kramer joined Conte on the last two teams of the decade and was a two-time all star.
Purdue’s career record of 109-2 in dual meets is not only the best in Ocean City history in any sport but is also the best ever at any CAL school.
More about OCHS boys cross country in available here.
They are a strong group of runners with impressive resumes in an incredible decade of success. But the distinction as best of the best in the 2nd Decade of this century belongs to Miles Schoedler. He joins Brett Johnson (1st Decade), Rich Vinnacombe (1990s), Bruce Welch (1980s) and Mike Scythes (1970s) as Ocean City High School Boys Cross Country Runners of the Decade.
Next is the Girls Cross Country Team of the Decade.
OCHS Boys Cross Country in the 2nd Decade
2011…….. 9-0……..Matt Purdue
2014…….. 9-0……..Matt Purdue
2015…….. 9-0……..Matt Purdue
2016…….. 9-0……..Matt Purdue
2017…….. 9-0……..Matt Purdue
2018…….. 8-1……..Matt Purdue
The 2nd Decade Raider Boys Cross Country Team
Erik Johnson (2010)
Miles Schoedler (2010)
Kevin Scott (2012)
Louis Paone (2013)
Brandon Hadtke (2014)
Jacob Davis (2016)
Jesse Schmeizer (2017)
Korey Greene (2017)
Anthony Conte (2019)
Luke Kramer (2019)