SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The weather for the 2017 Spotswood 5K was a stark contrast from last September's race. In 2016, the temperatures for the annual race through the borough were already in the mid 80s with extremely high humidity for the early morning start time. However, this year the crisp autumn-like temps made for a comfortable run for a spirited group of runners and walkers that spanned the ages.
Spotswood High School senior, Justin Dekovics was the overall winner of the Spotswood 5K,which is sponsored every September by the Spotswood Recreation Department. Dekovics is a member of the Chargers' cross country team. He crossed the finish line with the winning time of 17:16. The Milltown native also won last year's Spotswood 5K.
Members of the Spotswood High School cross country team dominated the top twenty overall finishers. Jack Welsh finished second with a time of 17:19.6 while Joe Harold came in third with a time of 17:50.5. Anthony Nobile, Rich Karczewski, Evan Scarduffa, Justin Acheampong, David Addesso, Daniel Lumsden and Jeremiah Lalicon rounded out the top ten overall finishers.
Spotswood High School sophomore, Jessica Addesso was the top overall female finisher. Addesso crossed the finish line seventeenth with a time of 21:33.4. Nicolette Maselli was the second female finisher with a time of 22:24. Maselli finished the race twenty-first over all. Kaysi Fajardo was the third female finished, coming in twenty-third with a time of 22:40.7.
Fourth grader Gavin Romeo earned the first medal of the day, winning the one-mile Fun Run. Romeo also won last year's one-mile race. Fellow fourth grader Brandon Snyder was second while Snyder's big sister, Camryn finished third. Camryn Snyder is a sixth grader at the Memorial Middle School.
Running is definitely a family affair for Romeo and his parents. The Appleby School student's mom, Marlena was the top master lady finisher while his dad, Brian was the third top master male finisher. Both of Romeo's parents are teachers in the Edison School District.
All of the proceeds from the annual Spotswood 5K are donated to an athletic team or program at Spotswood High School. This year's proceeds will be split between the Spotswood High School music and drama programs.