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Caruana Leads Women's Cross Country to Second Place Finish at Met Championships
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BRONX, NY – The Rutgers University women’s cross country team accumulated 36 points on its way to a second place showing at the Metropolitan Championships on Friday, Oct. 7, at Van Courtlandt Park in the Bronx, NY. Freshman Alison Caruana (Succasunna, NJ) captured first place for the Scarlet Knights, who have finished in the top-three of each of the past five years.

Columbia won the meet with 28 points, followed by Rutgers in second and Marist in third with 135 points. RU posted an average time of 19:19, five seconds behind the Lions in 19:14.

The Scarlet Knights received several outstanding performances, including Caruana and Cheyenne Ogletree (Garfield, NJ), who finished first and second, respectively. Caruana completed the course in 18:48 to tie for the 35th best time in Metropolitan Championship history, while Ogletree clocked a time of 18:58; two seconds shy of the all-time top-50 marks.

Also placing in the top 10 was senior Nicole Lombardy (Lincroft, NJ), who took sixth place with a time of 19:15. Rounding out RU’s other top-seven finishes were senior Maria Pavkovitch (Garfield, NJ) in 11th (19:36), juniors Stephanie Zottoli (Old Bridge, NJ) in 16th (19:56), Nova Roman (Monroe Twp., NJ) in 21st (20:11) and Danielle Patoir (Glen Rock, NJ) in 26th at 20:24.

“I am very pleased with the team’s running,” said head coach Roberta Anthes. “We are coming together as a team and we’re running very competitively. I’m very happy with them.”

Team Scores:

1. Columbia 28
3. Marist 135
4. Fordham 148
5. Manhattan 154

Individual Scores:
1. Alison Caruana, 18:48
2. Cheyenne Ogletree, 18:58
6. Nicole Lombardy, 19:15
11. Maria Pavkovitch, 19:36
16. Stephanie Zottoli, 19:56
21. Nova Roman, 20:11
26. Danielle Patoir, 20:24
34. Alexis Gray, 20:33
35. Leslie Holleran, 20:36
42. Marissa DeTata, 20:53
48. Alisa Budd, 21:07

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