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Rutgers Men’s Cross Country Places Third At Leeber Invitational
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 24, 2011) – Rutgers men’s cross country, with the help of a third-place finish from Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.), took third overall at the Leeber Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus of Fairfield University. The Scarlet Knights completed the 8k course, collecting 97 team points.

Fairfield secured the team title with 30 points, while Fordham finished second with 69 points, followed by the third-place Scarlet Knights in a field of nine teams.

Banafato clocked a time of 26:44 to lead Rutgers, followed by freshman Chris DeFabio (Millington, N.J.) who finished 13th in 27:40. The third Scarlet Knight runner to complete the course was senior Ben Forrest (Jackson, N.J.) in a 19th-place showing with a time of 27:50. Sophomore Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.) placed 33rd in 28:41, while freshman Anthony Horton (Moorestown, N.J.) finished 38th in 28:57.

Also competing for the Scarlet Knights was junior Thomas Bragen (Point Pleasant, N.J.) (44th, 29:17), freshman Brian Wells (Piscataway, N.J.) (47th, 29:29) and senior Ben Horel (Belford, N.J.) (60th, 30:40).

Rutgers returns to action on Friday, Oct. 7 for the Metropolitan Championships in Bronx, N.Y.

Rutgers Individual Times

3. Chris Banafato                                  26:44

13. Chris DeFabio                                 27:40

19. Ben Forrest                                     27:50

33. Curtis Richburg                               28:41

38. Anthony Horton                            28:57

44. Thomas Bragen                              29:17

47. Brian Wells                                       29:29

60. Ben Horel                                         30:40


Team Standings

1. Fairfield

2. Fordham

3. Rutgers

4. St. Francis

5. New Haven

6. Ramapo

7. Stony Brook

8. Sacred Heart

9. Bridgeport

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