BRONX, N.Y. (October 11, 2013) -- The Rutgers women’s cross country team placed third at the 2013 Metropolitan Cross Country Championships on Friday at Van Cortlandt Park, paced by two top ten times coming from sophomore Paige Senatore (Delsea, N.J.) and junior Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.).
Columbia took first on the 6K course with 25 points followed by NYU in second with 64 points and the Scarlet Knights in third with 78 points.
"The ladies really ran well today and we posted four personal bests,” said head coach James Robinson. “Coming off less than a week rest and on their first 6K course of the season, they delivered really good results and times. We've reached the championship portion of our season and we'll set our sights on competing at the inaugural American Cross Country Championships next."
Senatore, who led the Scarlet Knight contingent at the Paul Short and Monmouth Invitational, as well as the Fordham Fiasco, continued her impressive fall with a sixth place time of 18:41.12.
Payenski improved upon last year’s 12th place finish improving her time by 23 seconds. She crossed the finish line in ninth place logging a time of 18:52.17
Freshman Kaitlyn Bedard (Ringoes, N.J.) and senior Rashmi Singh (Flemington, N.J.) both captured top 25 performances. Bedard, in her first Met Championships, took 13th in a time of 19:03.49 while Singh placed 24th with her time of 19:34.20.
Other notable performances by the Scarlet Knights included junior Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.) taking 31st in posting a time of 19.49.48 and freshman Nisa Cicitta (Glen Gardner, N.J.) placing 38th registering a time of 20:11.45.
Also competing for Rutgers were freshman Maria Calazans (Watchung, N.J.) in 69th (21:09.26), freshman Ellen Miller (Morris Plains, N.J.) in 83rd (21:43.95) and freshman Nicole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.) taking 111th (23:21.99)
The Rutgers women’s cross country team returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the American Athletic Conference Championships in Madison, Conn.
2013 Metropolitan Cross Championships Results:
1. Columbia - 25
2. NYU - 64
3. Rutgers - 78
4. Fordham - 91
5. Manhattan - 176
6. Paige Senatore - 18:41.12
9. Allison Payenski - 18:52.17
13. Kaitlyn Bedard - 19:03.49
24. Rashmi Singh - 19:34.20
31. Felicia O'Donnell - 19:49.48
38. Nisa Cicitta - 20:11.45
69. Maria Calazans - 21:09.26
83. Ellen Miller - 21:43.95
111. Nicole Nicholas - 23:21.99
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