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Culley Captures First Place at Princeton Invitational
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PRINCETON, NJ – Senior Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ) led the Rutgers women’s cross country team to a third-place finish as she captured individual honors at the Princeton Invitational today.

Culley, who began her season with a second-place finish at Penn State last weekend, finished first in the 3.1 mile race with a time of 17.26.6, the third fastest time ever posted in the course.

Princeton won the Invitational with 28 team points and LaSalle came in second with 43 points. Rutgers beat Manhattan, a Metropolitan rival, to claim third.

Belmax DeJesus (Stanhope, NJ) came in second for the team, placing 20th overall with a time of 18:57. Nicole Lombardy (Lincroft, NJ) finished with a time of 19:05 to place 23rd. Both DeJesus and Lombardy had improved upon their performances from last weekend. Jane Albright (Basking Ridge, NJ) finished third for the team in 30th place. Amina Zhony (Maplewood, NJ) and Stacey Muchal (Jermyn, PA) finished in 35th and 36th, respectively, with times of 19:33 and 19:35.

“We had a solid race,” said head coach Roberta Anthes. “We have to work on the middle mile harder, but we made progress from last week.”

“Culley is on track for a great season,” said Anthes. “She’s in great company with that kind of time. The second runner on the all-time course list made it to the Olympics after her college career.”

The team will compete again on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA.

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