SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys cross country team finished with an undefeated record and claimed the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division championship while the girls cross country team qualified for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group championships for the first time in 30 years. With the winter track season on the horizon, head coach Roland D'Orvilliers is looking to maintain on last year's performance and build off of the success of the fall distance runners.
The boys winter track team was fourth in the GMC Blue Division last season while the girls ended the winter season second. Both teams lost key members to graduation. Cassandra Raia was a stellar distance runner for the girls team while Nick Toth, John Fiffick and Nick Rascona were key contributors for the men's team.
The boys winter track team saw a large influx of freshman participants this year. D'Orvilliers points toward the cross country runners strong fall season as an asset for the distance runners competing with the winter track team.
The veteran track coach added a new throw coach to his seasoned coaching staff and is looking to develop a new crop of track and field participants in throw, jump and hurdle events.
On the girls' side, D'Orvilliers feels the team's strength lies in their balance within event groups. The team welcomes back key members Nicolette Masselli in distance events, Amanda Mauser in sprints and vault events and Jamie Zavala in jumps and sprints.
For the boys team, in addition to a strong contingent of distance runners, including returning members Joe Harold and Rich Karczewski, the Chargers have key sprinters in Brian Lumsden, Steve Karczewski and Justin Acheampong. Alex Koblasowski is another pivotal member of this season's team.
The team will practice daily in preparation for scheduled meets that will take place during the season. Many of the indoor winter track meets take place at the Bennett Center in Toms River and the New Balance Armory in New York.