SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School cross country teams will be looking to make their marks in the upcoming fall season though the boys' and girls' Charger teams have two very different goals, according to their longtime coach, Roland D'Orvilliers.
For the girls cross country team, who lost standout distance runner Ally Coghlan to graduation and Towson State, the 2016 cross country season will be a rebuilding one. While the team is made up of many runners new to the sport, the girls possess a devotion to the sport and training as well as a strong desire to achieve.
Cassandra Raia is a vital returning member from last year's 7-1 squad. The senior offers experience and skill to a team that features new members including two promising freshmen, Jessica Addesso and Kayla Dekovics. The two ninth graders also have brothers that run for the boys' cross country squad.
The Chargers' boys cross country team finished the 2015 season with a 5-3 record. They also feature underclassmen runners that won the Shore Invitational JV "D" Race last fall. While the boys cross country team is also relatively young as far as running years go, their team goal is to qualitfy for the NJSIAA Groups Championships this season.
The team did loose Alex Bernstein to graduation. However, the lineup still boasts key runners, including junior Justin Dekovics and senior Anthony Bonacci. Dekovics won last September's annual Spotswood 5K race. Dakota Hrobsky-Arce is a promising addition to the Chargers' arsenal of runners.
Both cross country teams will run their first race on Tuesday, September 13 in a 4 p.m. away meet against South Plainfield High School.