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Culley Captures Fourth Place at BIG EAST Championships
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BOSTON, MA - Julie Culley’s (Lebanon, NJ) fourth-place individual finish led the Rutgers women’s cross country team to an eighth-place finish at today’s BIG EAST Cross Country Championships, while the men’s team finished in 13th place. Both teams were competing in a 14-team field at Franklin Park in Boston, MA.

Culley finished the 6000-meter course in 20:32, beating her personal best by 20 seconds. She was nine seconds off the pace of top finisher Lauren King (Notre Dame), but just four second behind second-place finisher Molly Huddle, also of Notre Dame.

“She ran a good race and was very close to the winning time,” said women’s head coach Roberta Anthes. “Julie has performed well all season and her effort today reflects that.”

Notre Dame captured first place on the women’s side while Villanova took home the win in the men’s competition.

The second finisher for RU was Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) in 46th place, with a time of 22:32. Jane Albright (Basking Ridge, NJ) finished in 23:00 for 52nd place and Kathryn Tappen (Morristown, NJ) finished the race in 64th place with a time of 23:30. Right behind her was Amina Zohny (Maplewood, NJ), who rounded out the top five scorers in 66th place with a time of 23:31.

“We were not quite on the pace that we had planned for this race and I thought we could have gauged the competition a little better,” said Anthes. “But we were aiming to place between seventh and ninth, so I’m satisfied with the overall outcome.”

On the men’s side, Brian Stanziano (Barnegat, NJ) was the top RU finisher in 61st place with a time of 26:13 on the 8,000-meter course. Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) was the second scorer for the Scarlet Knights in 67th place with a time of 26:30. Will Webekind (Newfield, NJ) finished in 26:40 for 70th place, Ryan Lavendar (Neptune,NJ) finished in 26:48 for 72nd place and Joe Pellegrino rounded out the top five scorers in 74th place (27:04).

Both Scarlet Knight teams have two remaining meets after the BIG EAST Championships. The District II Championships are in West Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 16, and the season will end with the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 25, in Terre Haute, IN.

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