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Men’s XC Takes Sixth at American Championships
Senior Scarlet Knight Chris Banafato Leads RU With 19th Place Time
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MADISON, Conn. (November 2, 2013) --  The Rutgers men’s cross country team placed sixth overall at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Cross Country championships on Saturday at Hammonasset Beach State Park.  The Scarlet Knights were led on the 8K course by senior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J) who placed 19th overall.

Banafato was RU’s top finisher in a time of 24:31.28 and was followed by junior Chris DeFabio (Millington, N.J.) in 26th place with his time of 24:41.98.

Other scoring members for the Scarlet Knights were senior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.) in 31st with a time of 24:53.14, with sophomore Jamin Vekaria (Clinton, N.J.) immediately following in 32nd with a time of 24:54.58 and junior Anthony Horton (Moorestown, N.J.) in 42nd crossing the finish line in 25:32.58.

Also racing for RU were freshman Nick Price (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 46th (25:44.38),  sophomore Daniel Lee (Plainsboro, N.J.) in 51st (26:02.80) and freshman Sam Habib (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 52nd (26:09.30).

Rutgers garnered 147 points en route to its sixth place finish.  Louisville won the 2013 AAC title followed by Cincinnati in second and Memphis in third.

"We were 6th in the race today, but our kids ran well," said head coach Mike Mulqueen.  "Most ran lifetime bests and they competed very hard."

The Rutgers men’s cross country team returns to action on Friday, Nov. 15 at the District II Championships in Bethlehem, Pa.


2013 American Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Championships Results


1. Louisville - 28

2. Cincinnati  - 75

3. Memphis - 77

4. Connecticut -  94

5. Houston - 95

6. Rutgers - 147

7. Temple - 202

8. USF - 227



19. Chris Banafato -  24:31.28

26. Chris Defabio  - 24:41.98

31. Curtis Richburg - 24:53.14

32. Jamin Vekaria - 24:54.58

42. Anthony Horten - 25:32.58

46. Nick Price Rutgers - 25:44.38

51. Daniel Lee Rutgers - 26:02.80

52. Sam Habib Rutgers -  26:09.30

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