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Rutgers Women’s Cross Country Ranked 15th in Mid-Atlantic Region
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 29, 2013) –  The Rutgers women’s cross country team was ranked 15th in the Mid-Atlantic Region entering the 2013 season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced.

“We’re  thrilled  to  begin  the  season  with  a  Top  15  preseason  ranking,” said Rutgers head women’s cross country coach James Robinson. “ We  understand  that  the  ranking  is  based  on  our  finish  from  last  year’s  regional  competition .  The  team  will  train  hard  and  look  to  gradually  improve  our  final  regional  ranking  throughout  the  cross  country  season.”

The Scarlet Knights welcome back a trio of seniors in Ashley Deckert (Newfield, N.J.), Brianna Deming (Webster, N.Y.) and Rashmi Singh (Flemington, N.J.).  Juniors include Christina Dibenardo (Woodbury , N.Y.), Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.) and Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.).  Paige Senatore (Delsea, N.J.)  is lone RU sophomore and joins four newcomers in freshmen Kaitlyn Bedard (Ringoes, N.J.), Nisa Cicitta (Glen Gardner, N.J.), Ellen Miller (Morris Plains, N.J.) and Nicole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.).

The 2013 season gets under way on Sept. 7 at the Fordham Fiasco at Van Cortland Park.  The Scarlet Knights will also compete at the Monmouth Invitational on Sept.21 at Holmdel Park and the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. on Oct. 5.  RU travels to the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortland Park on Oct. 11 while the American Athletic Conference Championships will be held on Nov. 2 hosted by UConn at Hammonasset Beach State Park.

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