SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The oppressive heat didn't keep runners from lining up for the annual Spotswood 5K on Saturday, September 10 behind Spotswood High School. A handful of spirited fun runners started off the day's events with another tradition, the Fun Run.
Gavin Romeo was the initial winner of the day, crossing the line first in the one-mile run. About fifteen minutes later, the 5K runners would take their marks. Both the Spotswood High School boys and girls cross country teams suited up for the race along with a pool of fellow runners ranging in age from elementary school and up.
Spotswood High School junior, Justin Dekovics was the winner of the 5K, coming across the finish with a time of 17:17.4. Dekovics is a member of the SHS boys varsity cross country team. The Milltown native also won last year's Spotswood 5K. Teammate Anthony Bonacci came in second with a time of 17:53.9 while another Charger, Nicholas Toth, finished third with a time of 17:54.4. Jake Welsh was fourth with a time of 18:30.8 and Joey Herald was fifth with a time of 18:48.1 Welsh and Herald are members of the SHS cross country team as well.
Nicole Salge was the top female finisher with a time of 19:45.9. The 25-year-old was the top female finisher in the Milltown Firecracker 5K on July 4. Spotswood High School runner, Cassandra Raia came in second for the ladies with a time of 20:31.3. Freshman runner, Jessica Addesso was the third female finisher with a time of 21:21.4. Fellow teammate Katherine Parlitisis came in just behind Addesso to cross the finish line as the fourth female finisher with a time of 21:21.8. Sophomore Samantha Wasserman rounded out the top five female finishers with a time of 22:58.1.
The Spotswood 5K and Fun Run is sponsored by the Spotswood Recreation Department. Each year, the proceeds are donated to an athletic team from Spotswood High School. This year's proceeds will be given to the Chargers boys and girls soccer teams.