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Culley Sets Course Record at Metropolitan Championships
RU Women Finish Third, Men Seventh
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BRONX, NY - Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ) recorded the fastest time in the history of the Metropolitan Championships today at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. The Scarlet Knights placed third overall in the 16-team field. Columbia won the meet with Stony Brook taking second.

Culley finished with a time of 17:21.69, breaking the previous mark of 17:34.54 set by Fordham's Lauren Gubicza in 1992. Culley's previous best time at Van Cortlandt Park was 18:12.06 in 2000. Rutgers now has seven individual champions, with Culley being a two-time champion.

Sophomore Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) was also an all-Metropolitan finisher for the Scarlet Knights, placing 18th with a time of 18:18.07.

Other Scarlet Knight finishers included Julie Delimon (Stanhope, NJ) placing 22nd with a time of 19:23.68, Stacy Muchal (Jermyn, PA) finished 33rd (19.35.97) and Jane AIbright (Basking Ridge, NJ) rounded out the top scorers in 35th place with a time of 19:40.81.

"I'm proud of our team,” said head coach Roberta Anthes. “We were relaxed and we attacked the hills. We went into the woods in fifth or sixth place and came out third. We beat two other BIG EAST teams, St. John’s and Seton Hall, and we beat Manhattan, all of which are good teams.” said Anthes. “We performed well against the cornpetition.”

On the men’s side, The Scarlet Knights tallied 202 points. Columbia won the men’s race with 56 points.

Junior Brain Stanziano (Barnegat, NJ) paced the RU runners with a 28th-place finish in a time of 26:41. Senior Will Webekind (Newfield, NJ) was close behind in 30th place with a time of 26:45.

Senior Mike DeSimone (South Plainfield, NJ) was 52nd (27:28), followed by sophomore Jeremy Klapper (East Windsor, NJ) in 55th place (27:32), junior Dan DeCosimo (Jackson, NJ) in 56th place (27:33), freshman Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) in 61st place (27:40), freshman Matt Lunemann (Hillsborough, NJ) in 62nd place (27:43), senior Joe Pellegrino (Morganville, NJ) in 70th place (27:56), freshman Ryan Lavender (Neptune, NJ) in 106th place (28:55) and sophomore Peter Mathe (Franklin Park, NJ) in 122nd place (29:54).

Manhattan’s Matt Spring won the race in a time of 24:50.

The Scarlet Knights will compete next at the Lafayette Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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