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Rutgers Women Finish Third, Men Ninth at Metropolitan Cross Country Championships
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BRONX, NY – The Rutgers women’s cross country team scored 72 points to finish in third place, while the men tallied 245 points to finish ninth at the annual Metropolitan Championships held at Van Cortlandt Park the Bronx, NY on Friday, Oct. 1.

Rutgers’ 72 point score was enough to claim third place behind Columbia (39) and Stony Brook (68).

Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was senior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ), clocking a time of 18:40 to finish third out of 147 competitors and junior Sarah Peterson (Belle Mead, NJ) finished fifth overall with a time of 18:48. Other top finishers for RU were senior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA), who finished 17th overall in a time of 19:31, Nova Roman (Monroe Twp., NJ) finished 23rd (19:57) and Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ) finished one second behind Roman (19:58) to take 24th place overall.

On the men’s side, Columbia won the event with 32 points, followed by Iona College and Marist College with 113 and 117, respectively.

Top performers for the men included junior Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ), who finished 36th out of 181 participants with a time of 27:16 and freshman Chris Avallon (Piscataway, NJ) with a time of 27:24 to place 44th overall.

Other Scarlet Knights to factor in the scoring were sophomore Milo Schwab (Highland Park, NJ) who finished 46th (27:31), freshman Alex Palmentieri (Northfield, NJ) in 58th (27:57) and senior Robert Lado (Ridgefield, NJ) took 61st place with a time of 28:07.

Women’s Team Results:
1. Columbia 39
2. Stony Brook 68
3. RUTGERS 72
4. Marist 92
5. Fordham 152
6. Manhattan 202
7. Wagner 218
8. Seton Hall 226
9. CW Post 269

Women’s Individual Results:
1. Leonora Joy (Stony Brook) 18:20
3. Belmax DeJesus 18:40
5. Sarah Peterson 18:48
17. Amonica Phipps 19:31
23. Nova Roman 19:57
24. Alexis Gray 19:58
25. Maria Pavkovitch 19:59
32. Leslie Holleran 20:12

Men’s Team Results:
1. Columbia 32
2. Iona 113
3. Marist 117
4. Manhattan 131
5. Stony Brook 160
6. Fordham 166
7. Southern Connecticut 172
8. NYU 181
9. RUTGERS 245
10. LIU 269

Men’s Individual Results:
1. Dale Summerville 25:28
36. Ambar Patel 27:16
44. Chris Avallon 27:24
46. Milo Schwab 27:31
58. Alex Palmentieri 27:57
61. Robert Lado 28:07
62. Bill Hulbert 28:08
64. Mike Fox 28:11

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