BRONX, N.Y. — (November 17, 2012) – A six-place finish (26:21.4) from junior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.) and an 11th-place run (26:30.9) from sophomore Chris Defabio (Millington, N.J.) powered the Rutgers men’s cross country team to a third place finish Saturday afternoon in the 104th IC4A University Division Championships.
The meet marked the final competition of the season for the Scarlet Knights, who improved from an eighth-place finish in last year’s event with 108 points in the five-mile meet. Fairfield University edged out Fordham University, 59-58, to win the championship.
Sophomore Anthony Horton (Moorestown, N.J.) rounded out the top three for RU by finishing 23rd with a time of 26:54. Freshman Jaimin Vekaria (Clinton, N.J.) and junior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.) finished 31st (27:04.1) and 37th (27:09.8), respectively.
The Scarlet Knights begin the 2012-13 indoor track season on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the New Year’s Invitational, hosted by Princeton.
6 Chris Banafato (26:21.4)
11 Chris Defabio (26:30.9)
23 Anthony Horton (26:54)
31 Jaimin Vekaria (27:04.1)
37 Curtis Richburg (27:09.8)
69 Daniel Lee (27:53.4)
73 Steve Burkholder (27:59.3)
117 Thomas Bragen (29:29.4)