HOLDMEL, NJ - It was a chilly fall morning for a run, but the Spotswood High School cross country teams laced up the sneakers to hit the course at Holmdel Park to participate in this autumn's Shore Coaches Invitational. The meet featured cross country runners from high schools throughout New Jersey competing in freshmen, junior varsity and varsity races. Freshmen ran a distance of 3200 meters while junior varsity and varsity runners completed a 5000 meter course.

Since the event included large numbers of runners in each category, the participants were set off in waves. The freshmen races had more than 800 male runners while the female portion included almost 400 racers. The junior varsity male runners featured over 2,000 participants and the junior varsity female category comprised just under a 1,000. Varsity male runners hit just over the 1,500 mark while the female varsity runners encompassed more than a 1,000.

The Chargers Ava Perez and Isabella Peveto were the highest finishers for Spotswood. Both girls participated with the varsity E group. Perez finished 64th with a time of 24:26 while Peveto came across the finish line 65th with a time of 24:30.

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Here are the rest of the Chargers' top finishers from the invitational:

Girls 5000 Meter Run

  • Meaghan Bicsko 24:46 75th Girls Varsity E
  • Madison Medina 25:07 82nd Girls Varsity E
  • Nina Plowucha 25:38 92nd Girls Varsity E
  • Amy Olesky 28:23 114th Girls Junior Varsity C
  • Kaitlyn Todd 29:16 137th Girls Junior Varsity C

Boys 3200 Meter Run

  • Adam Engstrom 17:36 159th Boys Freshmen C
  • Jack Reed 18:10 162nd Boys Freshmen C
  • Samuel Nell 19:47 169th Boys Freshmen C

Boys 5000 Meter Run

  • Matthew Rios 19:17 84th Boys Varsity F
  • Robert Alongi 20:14 113th Boys Varsity F
  • Tim Yarnall 20:21 121st Boys Varsity F
  • Rupa Zimkus 20:30 126th Boys Varsity F
  • Hari Nair 22:25 142nd Boys Varsity F
  • Anuj Patel 22:29 143rd Boys Varsity F
  • Jeremiah Hayes 22:43 103rd Boys Junior Varsity D
  • Kyle Obado 23:17 151st Boys Varsity F
  • Jonathan Scarduffa 24:23 147th Boys Junior Varsity D
  • Colm Donnelly 24:59 155th Boys Junior Varsity D
  • Joseph Kardos 25:12 161st Boys Junior Varsity D
  • Nanda Zimkus 26:48 176th Boys Junior Varsity D

The cross country teams head to Woodbridge High School on Thursday, October 10 for their next meet. Races begin at 4 p.m.