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RU Women's Cross Country Captures Second at Metropolitan Championships
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BRONX, NY – Junior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) ran a sizzling time of 18:20 to finish third and pace the Rutgers University women’s cross country team to a second place finish out of 14 schools at the prestigious Metropolitan Championships held at historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY.

Rutgers’ score of 68 was bettered only by the winning score of 39 registered by Columbia. Manhattan (113), Iona (119) and Fordham (148) rounded out the top five.

For DeJesus, her time of 18:20 marked the fourth-fastest time ever recorded by a Rutgers runner since the Scarlet Knights began competing in the Metropolitan Championships in 1986.

“Belmax was terrific,” said Rutgers head coach Roberta Anthes. “Her time of 18:20 was 58 seconds better than her previous best on this course. Overall this was just a really great team effort. Our pack was able to pass the pack from Manhattan over the final 1,000 meters which allowed us to take second.”

Rutgers had seven runners place in the top 25 out of a total of 168 runners that competed in the race. The others who contributed to Rutgers’ second place finish included: senior Jamie Kerstetter (Monroe, NJ), who was 14th overall with a time of 19:09; freshman Danielle Patoir (Glen Rock, NJ), who was 16th with a time of 19:16; freshman Nova Roman (Monroe, NJ), who placed 17th with a time of 19:20; senior Julie Delimon (Stanhope, NJ), who placed 18th with a time of 19:23.

In addition, sophomore Maria Paukovitch (Garfield, NJ) placed 19th with a time of 19:28 and sophomore Sarah Peterson (Belle Mead, NJ) placed 24th with a time of 19:37.


1. Columbia 39
3. Manhattan 113
4. Iona 119
5. Fordham 148
6. Wagner 154
7. Stony Brook 218
8. So. Connecticut St. 233
9. Seton Hall 269
10. C.W. Post 272
11. St. John’s 308
12. FDU 349
13. LIU 385


3rd Belmax DeJesus 18:20
14th Jamie Kerstetter 19:09
16th Danielle Patoir 19:16
17th Nova Roman 19:20
18th Julie Delimon 19:23
19th Maria Paukovitch 19:28
24th Sarah Peterson 19:37

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