HOLMDEL, N.J. (September 21, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s cross country team took third at the 19th Annual Monmouth University Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning at Holmdel Park.
Host Monmouth won the invitational with 41 points and Rider finished second overall with 42 points. Following Rutgers’ third place finish (70), was Wagner (101) and Fairleigh Dickinson (122).
Rutgers was led by a pair of top ten finished by senior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.) and junior Chris Defabio (Millington, N.J.). Banafato took fourth on the five mile course in a time of 26:47.34. The top Scarlet Knight to cross the finish line was just 42 seconds behind winner Anthony Dentino of Rider. Defabio placed 10th overall with a time of 27:14.67.
Four other Scarlet Knights were among the field’s top 25. Junior Anthony Horten (Moorestown, N.J.) took 15th (27:56.25), sophomore Jamin Vekaria (Clinton, N.J.) placed 21st (28:21.27), followed by freshman Sam Habib (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 22nd (28:31.22) and sophomore Dan Lee (Plainsboro, N.J.) in 23rd (28:31.22).
Also racing for Rutgers on Saturday were freshman Nick Price (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 26th (28:43.03), senior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.) in 27th (30:45.48) and junior Brian Wells (Piscataway, N.J.) in 46th (33:06.47).
The Rutgers men’s cross country team returns to action at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL RESULTS:
1. Monmouth – 41
2. Rider – 42
3. Rutgers – 70
4. Wagner – 101
5. Fairleigh Dickinson - 122
4. Chris Banafato - 26:47.34
10. Chris Defabio - 27:14.67
15. Anthony Horten - 27:56.25
21. Jamin Vekaria - 28:21.27
22. Sam Habib - 28:31.22
23. Dan Lee - 28:31.76
26. Nick Price - 28:43.03
37. Curtis Richburg - 30:45.48
46. Brian Wells - 33:06.47
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