SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School cross country teams were running hot last fall. The boys cross country team went undefeated for the 2017 season with an 8-0 record, claiming the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division title. For the 2016 cross country season, the boys were 7-1. Even though the team lost Richard Karzcewski, Dan Lumsden, Justin Dekovics, David Addesso and Matt Tarrant to graduation, assistant coach Kyle Price said the team is "hoping to repeat the success of last season."
The Chargers have a strong core of runners remaining with seniors Joey Harold, Anthony Nobile and Justin Acheampong as well as junior Jack Welsh.
On the girls side, the cross country team had their own autumn milestones. The girls finished with a 5-4 overall record. However, the highlight was qualifying for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group One championships. It was the first time in 30 years a Spotswood High School girls cross country team qualified for the state championship. The girls finished fifth behind Metuchen, Shore Regional, New Providence and Middlesex High Schools to earn the berth.
"Last year was the first time in 30 years the girls made it to the group level as a team and we’d like to go again," Price said.
The girls cross country did loose stellar distance runner Nicki Maselli to graduation, but still have key runners Samantha Wasserman, Jessica Addesso and Kaysi Fajardo ready to build on last year's accomplishments.
Both the girls and boys cross country teams have a lot of inspiration in Price who is a competitive distance runner himself. The former Charger and Milltown native won the Milltown Firecracker 5K again this summer and made a strong showing in his first ever Boston Marathon last spring. Price finished 154 in a field of 30,000 runners.
The cross country teams open the 2018 season with an away meet in Holmdel Park against Keansburg High School on September 4 at 4 p.m.
The rest of the 2018 Spotswood High School cross country schedule for the boys and girls teams are as follows according to the Spotswood School District website:
- September 12 at Community Park against North Brunswick and Colonia High Schools
- September 25 at Spring Lake Park against South Plainfield and Sayreville High Schools
- October 2 at Thompson Park against Metuchen and New Brunswick High Schools
- October 9 at Thompson Park against John F. Kennedy Memorial and Woodbridge High Schools
Additional dates including the Greater Middlesex Conference Championships may be added.