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Men’s Cross Country Named All-Academic By USTFCCA
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PISCATAWAY, N.J.  (February 19, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s cross country team was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) by earning Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

The Scarlet Knights posted a 3.32 cumulative GPA, the highest GPA of the five American Athletic Conference teams represented. Among Big Ten schools, which Rutgers will join next fall, the Scarlet Knights’ grade point average would have led the way.

Members of the 2013 team included:

Senior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.) - major: accounting

Senior Steve Burkholder (Marlton, N.J.) – major: psychology

Senior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.) – major: labor studies/economics

Junior Chris Defabio (Millington, N.J.) – major: exercise science

Junior Anthony Horten (Moorestown, N.J.) – major: exercise science

Junior Brian Wells (Piscataway, N.J.) – major: applied sciences in engineering

Sophomore Jaimin Vekaria (Clinton, N.J.), - major: pre-business

Freshman Sam Habib (Old Bridge, N.J.) – major: engineering

Freshman Nick Price (Old Bridge, N.J.) – major: undeclared

The Rutgers men’s cross country team placed 17th overall at the NCAA Division Mid-Atlantic Regional and placed seventh at the IC4A. Banafato, who placed sixth at IC4A’s, along with DeFabio were both All-East University Division honorees.

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