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Chris Banafato Paces Rutgers Men’s XC at Princeton Invite
Scarlet Knight Cross Country Prepares for AAC Championships Next
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PRINCETON, N.J. (October 20, 2013) --  Senior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.) led all Scarlet Knights as the Rutgers men’s cross country team traveled down Route 1 South to compete at the Princeton Invitational at West Windsor Fields.

Rutgers placed 20th overall with Banafato taking 56th with RU’s top finish in 25:00.  Villanova lead all schools with 23 points followed by LaSalle in second (94) and host Princeton in third (135).

Also contributing to point total on Saturday for the Scarlet Knights were junior Anthony Horten (Moorestown, N.J.) in 82 (25:14), junior Chris DeFabio (Millington, N.J.) in 127th (25.44), sophomore Jamin Vekaria (Clinton, N.J.) in 145th (25:56) and freshman Nick Price (Old Bridge, N.J.) in 162nd (26:20).

Two other Scarlet Knights also competed – senior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.), who placed 173rd (26:41) and senior Steve Burkholder (Marlton, N.J.), who followed in 174th (26:43).

The Rutgers men’s cross country team returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the American Athletic Conference Championships in Madison, Conn.


2013 Princeton Invitational Results

Team Results

1. Villanova – 23

2. LaSalle – 94

3. Princeton – 135

4. St. Joseph’s – 158

5. Lehigh – 183


20. Rutgers - 572



Rutgers Results

56.  Chris Banafato -  25:00

82.  Anthony Horten - 25:14

127.  Chris DeFabio - 25:44

145.  Jaimin Vekaria - 25:56

162.  Nick Price - 26:20

173. Curtis Richburg - 26:41

174. Steve Burkholder - 26:43

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