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Women’s Cross Country Takes Sixth at Leopard Invitational
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EASTON, PA – The Rutgers University women’s cross country team scored 139 points to finish in sixth place out of 12 teams at the Leopard Invitational on Saturday, Oct.15, on the campus of Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Princeton won the meet with 47 points, while Stony Brook finished second with 63 points and Columbia took third with 64 points.

Junior Stephanie Zottoli (Old Bridge, NJ) led the Scarlet Knights with an 18th place finish in 22:23.70. Juniors Nova Roman (Monroe Twp., NJ), Danielle Patior (Glen Rock, NJ) and Leslie Holleran (Howell, NJ) finished in 30, 31 and 32, respectively. Roman clocked a time of 22:43.40, followed by Patior in 22:48.40 and Holleran in 22:49.60.

Rounding out RU’s other finishes were sophomore Alisa Budd (Toms River, NJ) in 44th (23:10.40), junior Marissa DeTata (Brick, NJ) in 56th (23:53.90) and sophomore Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ) in 59th (24:14.40).

“Our top four runners did not participate, but the others that did compete did a great job,” said head coach Roberta Anthes. “We had a very fine outing and it was great to see that our 5-9 runners look good. I am very pleased with our performance and looking forward to the BIG EAST.”

The Scarlet Knights will next compete at the BIG EAST Championships on Friday, Oct. 28, at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY.

Team Scores:

1. Princeton University 47

2. Stony Brook University 63

3. Columbia University 64

4. Lafayette College 91

5. U of San Francisco 137

6. Rutgers University 139

7. Monmouth University 187

8. UM of Baltimore County 242

9. Seton Hall University 267

9. LaSalle College 267

Individual Scores:

18. Stephanie Zottoli, 22:23.70

30. Nova Roman, 22:43.40

31. Danielle Patior, 22:48.40

32. Leslie Holleran, 22:49.60

44. Alisa Budd, 23:10.40

56. Marissa DeTata, 23:53.90

59. Alexis Gray, 24:14.40

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