SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys and girls spring track teams are ready to run into April as their seasons open up next week. Both Charger teams will head to Metuchen High School on Tuesday, April 4 for an away meet against the Bulldogs. They will run their first home meet on the newly installed track at the Spotswood High School Stadium on Tuesday, April 11 against Carteret High School.
Head Coach Roland D'Orvilliers will again be at the helm of both squads. D'Orvilliers has been coaching the spring track teams at Spotswood High School for the past 18 seasons. He also heads up the Chargers' cross country and winter track teams.
Both the boys and girls teams lost vital contributors to graduation last spring. Nick DiMaria, Mike Garifalos and Mike Corace have moved on to college for the boys squad while the record-setting duo of Kate Wasserman and Ally Coghlan have departed for the girls. Coghlan and Wasserman are now competing at the collegiate level. Both girls received track scholarships. Coghlan is a part of the track program at Towson University in Maryland while Wasserman runs for Columbia University in New York.
The two teams still sport key returning members. On the boys' side, the team features a strong core of returning distance runners as well as a promising newcomer. Seniors Anthony Bonacci, Nick Toth and John Fiffick will bring experience to this spring's distance races while freshman Dakota Hrobsky will look to make his mark in the distance field as well.
The boys concluded the 2016 spring track season with a record of 2-3. They will look to improve on last year's record through hard work.
The girls ended last spring with a stellar 5-1 record. D'Orvilliers is looking for the Lady Chargers to deliver another strong season on the track. Though the team is young, their head coach is confident that they will be able to make a solid showing in a number of events.
Depsite the loss of Coghlan and Wasserman, the team still has a tough foundation in distance runners Cassandra Raia and Kate Parlitsis, sprinters Michaela Robinson and Sarah Fisher and thrower Megan Gallagher. Raia has caught the attention of college scouts and Robinson claimed the 55-meter hurdle crown at the NJSIAA Sectional Championships this winter. Freshman Jamie Zavala will be a bright new addition to the team in sprints and jumps.
Highlights of the high school spring track and field season always include the Greater Middlesex Conference Track and Field Championships, the NJSIAA Sectionals in May as well as the Meet of Champions in June.