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Culley to Represent Rutgers at NCAA Championships
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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- After placing third overall at the District II Championships, junior Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ) qualified for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, IN on Monday, Nov. 25. Her finish at the Mid-Atlantic Districts was the highest a Rutgers runner has finished since Desiree Scott placed first in 1984.

Culley has been the top scorer for Rutgers in every meet in which she has run and she has also finished in the top five overall in every race. At the Penn State Invitational Sept. 7 she placed second, at the Princeton Invitational Sept. 14 she placed first and at the Paul Short Invitational Sept. 28 she placed second. At the Metropolitan Championships she placed first and set a course-record with a time of 17:21.69.

At Pre-Nationals, which are held on the same course as Nationals in Terre Haute, IN, she placed first in the open race. She finished the BIG EAST Championships, which were held Nov. 1, in fourth place.

Highlighting her season were some record-setting times. At the Princeton Invitational, Culley finished first in the 3.1 mile race with a time of 17:26.6, the third fastest time ever posted on the course. At the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, she recorded the fastest time in the history of the event with a finish of 17:21.69.

Culley is the 5000 meter school record holder for outdoor track, an Academic All–American and was an NCAA qualifier for cross country in 2000. At the 2000 NCAA’s she placed 85th with a time of 21:52. She did not compete in cross country last year due to a back injury.

The most recent Scarlet Knight to qualify for NCAAs was Alicia Guliano in 1994, and it has been 17 years since a runner has qualified more than once in her career. Desiree Scott qualified four times in her career at Rutgers, 1982-1985.

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