SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School cross country teams are running under new coaches this fall after the retirement of longtime Chargers cross country coach Roland D'Orvilliers. Peter Duffy is the new coach of the boys cross country team and Spotswood High School Physical Education teacher Heather Rounds has taken over the reins of the girls cross country team. Both teams have opened the 2019 season with successful starts.

The girls team is currently 2-1 after posting wins over Keansburg and North Brunswick High Schools in the first weeks of the season. Their one loss came against Colonia in a tri-meet earlier this week. Isabella Peveto, Ava Perez and Meaghan Biscko were the top finishers in the Chargers win over win over North Brunswick and their loss to Colonia. Peveto finished second, Perez finished fourth and Biscko was seventh in the team's win over Keansburt. Maddison Medina was ninth in the September 5 race and Grace Parlitsis was tenth.

The Chargers boys cross country team is 3-1 after wins over Highland Park and Keansburg High Schools on September 5 and a 21-39 victory over Colonia High School in a tri-meet on September 10. North Brunswick High School defeated the Chargers in the tri-meet on Tuesday at Thompson Park, winning 49-15.

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The top ten finishers in the September 5 tri-meet were:

  • Anuj Patel - second place - 21:02
  • Matt Rios - third place - 21:07
  • Robert Alongi - fourth place - 21:12
  • Kyle Obado - fifth place - 21:14
  • Tim Yarnall - sixth place - 21:20
  • Rupa Zimkus - seventh place 21:21

The top finishers for the Chargers in the win over Colonia on September 10 were Patel who finished eighth with a time of 20:15 and Rios, who finished tenth with a time of 20:37. North Brunswick's Drew Kilheeney finished first at Tuesday's tri-meet with a time of 18:53.

The Chargers boys and girls cross country teams will be suiting up for Spotswood's annual 5K on Saturday. Former Charger and cross country runner Joseph Harold won the Spotswood 5K last fall. Both teams are back in action on September 17 when they hit the cross country course at Sayreville War Memorial High School.