Spotswood Winter Track Team Running Strong


SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School winter track team has been hard at work since Thanksgiving break with the 80-member team practicing six days a week. For many participants, it is their first time running a 55-meter race or throwing a shot put. Early on in the season, longtime track coach, Roland D'Orvilliers and fellow coaches Kyle Price and Nicole Salge, conduct ability testing to see where new members best fit. The events for both male and female participants include the 55-meter high hurdles, 55-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1600-meter run, 3200-meter run, high jump, shot put and pole vault.

Thus far, the team has competed in the Track Universe Invitational at the New Balance Armory in New York City over the winter break on December 30 and at the Colts Neck and Friends Invitational at the Bennett Center in Toms River on January 4. Those events as well as upcoming ones aim to get the track and field athletes ready for the Greater Middlesex Conference Championship on Saturday, January 14 and the NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 2 Sectional Championships, which takes place on February 12 and February 18.

"Our first two outings were designed for the athletes to learn the operation of a meet and to acquire seeding times and distances for use at competitive and scored events as are our upcoming GMC Championship and NJSIAA Sectional Championship," D'Orvilliers explained via email.

Sign Up for E-News

Both the GMC and the State Sectional championships will take place at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

At the Colts Neck Invitational, distance runner Cassandra Raia was the top finisher for the Chargers, placing first in both the 1600 and 3200-meter races. Raia crossed the finish line in the 1600-meter race with a winning time of 5:32.84. She placed first in the 3200-meter race with a time of 12:10.47. The senior also runs cross country for Spotswood and is a member of the spring track time as well. Raia is a pivitoal runner on the 4 x 400-meter, 4 x 800-meter, 4 x 16000-meter and distance medley relay teams that have left their mark in the Charger track and field record books.

Last spring Raia along with teammates Kate Wasserman, Allie Coghlan and Michaela Robinson broke the Distance Medley Relay record at the GMC Championships with a time of 12:34.57. The record breaking time also shattered the Spotswood High School record, which was 13:01. South Brunswick High School previously set the DRM record at the GMC Championship in 2012 with a time of 12:45.04. Wasserman and Coghlan both graduated in June of 2016, moving on to compete at the collegiate track and field level.

Fellow cross country runner Katherine Parlitsis finished eighth at the Colts Neck Invitational in the 1600-meter race with a time of 5:54.95 and came in third in the 3200-meter race with a time of 12:54.71. Nick Toth was the highest finisher for the men's side. Toth placed fifth in the 3200-meter race with a time of 10:39.19. Teammate Anthony Bonacci came in seventh in the 3200-meter race with a time of 10:46.64 while John Fiffick placed eighth with a time of 10:56.14.

Only athletes that meet the qualification standards for the GMC and State Sectional championships will participate in those events. However, the other members of the squad will have a chance to compete in the Toms River Frosh-Novice Championships as well as the Monmouth Showcase Meet. There will also be a scrimmage at Spotswood High School on February 20 at 10 a.m. where athletes get to run on the newly refurbished track.

In the meantime, the 80-member team runs on every day after school and Saturday mornings, honing skills and getting in shape from seasoned competitors to beginners.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm today, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 22, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mnozil Brass

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 25, 11:00 AM

East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick


Sat, March 3

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit

NJDTE Summer Dance Intensive & Young Dancers ...

EBPD: Safeguarding Students, Staff, and Residents in the Public Schools

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department, in cooperation with the East Brunswick Board of Education, will be assisting the school security staff by providing police officers at our township public schools. It is the goal of the East Brunswick Police Department and the East Brunswick Board of Education to safeguard our students, staff and residents at our schools on a daily basis ...

Hearts for Horses Fundraiser on Feb. 23 benefits SPUR

February 21, 2018

Come in from the cold and join Special People United to Ride, Inc. (SPUR) at its Hearts for Horses Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the SPUR Scholarship Fund. The event will be hosted by On the Deck Restaurant and Bar and will feature live music and a 50/50 raffle. Food will be available for purchase.

Tickets can be obtained for $25 at ...

Travel Report from the New York Toy Fare - Here is a Great Product for Parents of Children with Infants and Toddlers

February 21, 2018

TAPintoTravels - Some of the fun travel opportunities that TAPintoTravels gets to participate in are exclusive events that the TAPinto community cannot attend.  It gives us the exclusive opportunity to bring new news to our readers that they would otherwise not receive.

Sometimes they are breaking events and other times they are quite small.  Even though ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...