BRONX, N.Y. (November 23, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s cross country team took seventh overall at running of the 2013 IC4A Championships while senior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.) and junior Chris DeFabio (Watchung Hills, N.J.) were named All-East University Division Team members on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park.
The Scarlet Knights finished seventh overall in the 20 team field collecting 188 points with a top ten finish by Banafato and a top 20 placement by DeFabio. Fordham captured the 2013 IC4A title followed by Monmouth in second and Pitt in third.
Banafato earned All-East honors as he paced all Scarlet Knight runners with a sixth place finish on the five mile course. The senior crossed the finish line in a time of 26:01.2 and was just 27.3 seconds behind first place finisher Jonathan Annelli of Fordham. Banafato captured his second-straight sixth place finish at the IC4A championships having run the course in a time of 26:21.4 last season.
DeFabio earned All-East accolades with his 19th place finish. He completed the course with a time of 26.31.4.
Senior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.), sophomore Jamin Vekaria (Clinton, N.J.) and sophomore Dan Lee (Plainsboro, N.J.) rounded out RU’s top five finishers on the day. Richburg placed 39th overall in a time of 26:49.5, while Vekaria took 45th with his time of 26:53.1 and Lee finished in 87th capturing a time of 27:32.8.
Also competing for the Scarlet Knights on Saturday were junior Anthony Horton (Moorestown, N.J.) in 97th (27:44.0), freshman Nick Price (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 102nd (27:48.4), senior Steve Burkholder (Marlton, N.J.) in 124th (28:24.2), freshman Sam Habib (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 125th (28:24.7) and junior Brian Wells (Piscataway, N.J.) in 164th (30:12.2).
2013 IC4A Men’s Cross Country Championship Results
1. Fordham - 77
2. Monmouth - 131
3. PITT - 157
4. UNH - 161
5. Marist - 173
7. Rutgers -188
6. Chris Banafato - 26:01.2
19. Chris DeFabio - 26:31.4
39. Curtis Richburg - 26:49.5
45. Jaimin Vekaria - 26:53.1
87. Dan Lee - 27:32.8
97. Anthony Horten - 27:44.0
102. Nick Price - 27:48.4
124. Steve Burkholder - 28:24.2
125. Sam Habib - 28:24.7
164. Brian Wells - 30:12.2
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