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Rutgers places 3rd in Metropolitan Championship

The Rutgers women’s cross county team placed third overall at the Metropolitan Championship 5-kilometer (5k) race at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY last Friday. The Scarlet Knights fell short of achieving what would have been their third Metropolitan title since 2014. Instead, Manhattan placed first with 49 points overall and an average time of 18:58.

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Intensity increases for Rutgers as season progresses

As it enters championship season later this week, the Rutgers women’s cross country team is looking to overcome a transitional plateau after starting the season off placing second overall at the Lehigh Invitational 6-kilometer race in early September. Since that race in Bethlehem, the Scarlet Knights have seen several bright spots from young athletes on the roster but have mostly fallen short of establishing themselves as a dynamic Big Ten force among Division I competition.

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Rutgers places 37th with six personal records at Paul Short Run

The Rutgers women’s cross country team placed 37th overall and collected six new personal-records (PRs) at last Friday’s 44th-annual Paul Short Run six-kilometer (6k) race hosted by Lehigh. The Scarlet Knights saw freshman runner Olympia Martin yet again leading the pack in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this time by being the only Knight to earn a sub-22-minute time at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course, according to the Scarlet Knights website. Martin ended up finishing the race in 21:31, good for her best 6k collegiate effort and an overall placement of 132 out of 369 runners, according to RunHigh.com. Rutgers earned a total of 922 points after the dust had settled at Lehigh, according to the site. Taking first place at this year’s Paul Short Run was No. 21 Utah State, which earned 72 points in its victory, according to the site. Despite the trailing results on paper, head coach James Robinson was pleased with his team’s second effort at Lehigh. "We're heading in the right direction and we'll continue to improve as the season continues,” Robinson said, according to the Scarlet Knights website. Following Martin were nine other runners for the youthful Rutgers squad, including five additional PRs. Senior Alexandra Juzwiak just missed a sub-22-minute mark, earning a new personal best of 22:03 (200) – her best 6k time since the 2014 Big Ten Championship, according to the site. Sophomore Emma Bergman, who had placed a personal emphasis on the Knights getting as close to 22 minutes as possible, had to be pleased with the progression displayed in Bethlehem. She earned a new PR of 22:12 (217), her best time since the Lehigh Invitational only a few weeks back, according to the site. Sophomore Stephanie Mauer was the next best runner for the Knights, posting a new PR of 22:15 (224) – her best since the 2016 Paul Short Run, according to the site. Sophomore Nadia Saponara followed Mauer at 22:19 (233), according to the site. Freshman Kiera Nealon bested her Lehigh Invitational 6k time of 22:44, running the Paul Short course in 22:20 (236), according to the site. Sophomore Lou Mialhe finished the 6k in 22:35 (270) which ousted her previous best of 22:50 set at last year’s Paul Short Run, according to the site. Rounding out the PRs for Rutgers was sophomore Kelsey Farbanish, who ran the course in 24:07 (351) – besting her 6k time of 24:54 set earlier in the month at the Lehigh Invitational, according to the site. Junior Genevieve Cickavage finished the 6k in 22:49, good for 288th overall, according to the site. Freshman Kaitlyn Bragen earned a time of 23:22, placing 320th overall, according to the site. Next time out, Rutgers will compete in the Metropolitan Championships hosted by Fordham at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York, where the team has earned two titles since 2014, on Friday, October 13th. For updates on the Rutgers women's cross country team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

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Rutgers returns to Lehigh for Paul Short Run

The Rutgers women’s cross country team will end September by running in the 44th-annual Paul Short Run 6-kilometer race hosted by Lehigh at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday. The Paul Short Run is the largest intercollegiate cross country race in the nation with nearly 6,000 athletes from 450 collegiate and high school programs participating, according to the Lehigh Athletics website. The Scarlet Knights will be participating in the Women’s College Gold 6-kilometer race at 11:45 a.m. Among the competition Rutgers will be facing are several U.S.

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Rutgers places 19th out of 22 teams at Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown

The Rutgers women’s cross country team placed 19th out of a 22-team field over the weekend, earning 521 points overall, and saw several positive efforts by freshmen and veteran runners alike at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown hosted by Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. The five-kilometer (5k) race at Franklin Park resulted in another championship for No. 7 Providence (71 points), its third consecutive Beantown team title and its fourth since 2013.

Junior Paige Senatore is one of several Knights who have excelled this season setting a personal record in the mile at this season's Rutgers Invitational.
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Rutgers to compete in Big Ten Championships over weekend

The Rutgers women’s track and field team will experience its greatest test of the season this weekend at the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championships hosted by Penn State at the Nittany Lion Outdoor Track in State College, Pennsylvania. After a trying, yet progressive outdoor regular season, the Scarlet Knights will attempt to stack up against their peers in the Big Ten, to include top competitors such as last year’s Big Ten Outdoor Champion Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and host Penn State, who took the team title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in late February. The championships will start with limited track events on Friday, May 12 and continue with full track and field events until the meet’s end on Sunday, May 12. At last season’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Rutgers placed 12th overall with 29 team points, just ahead of Illinois, who placed dead-last with 18.5 team points. The Knights saw a new school-record set in the 4x100-meter relay, as well as several personal-bests from track and field student-athletes. Rutgers’ 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of two since-graduated athletes and current student athletes junior Bria Saunders and sophomore Phyllis Gordon, earned a new school record of 44.66, good for fourth place. This year’s 4x100-meter squad, including junior Imani Beauliere and sophomore Nabiya Garret alongside Saunders and Gordon, earned a season-best of 46.73 at the Tennessee Dogwood Relays in early April.

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Rutgers prepares for historic Penn Relays

The Rutgers women’s track and field team will participate in its penultimate meet of the outdoor regular season this weekend at the 123rd running of the historic Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hosted annually by the University of Pennsylvania since its inception in 1895, the Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field meet in the United States.

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Rutgers captures two titles through split-squad weekend at Georgia Tech, Larry Ellis invitationals

The Rutgers women’s track and field team saw a productive weekend in split-squad action as it sent student-athletes to participate in the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia and the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights captured two titles and earned six Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifiers across both meets this past weekend. In Atlanta, Rutgers was yet again led by junior Bria Saunders, who captured the 200-meter crown with an ECAC-qualifying time of 23.55.

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Rutgers victorious at Metropolitan Outdoor Championships for first time since 2012

For the first time since 2012, the Rutgers women’s track and field took home the team championship at the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships this past weekend at the Bauer Track and Field Complex in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights earned an impressive nine titles and seven Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) ratings over the weekend, giving them 190 team points overall for first place out of twelve participating schools.

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Rutgers women set to host Metropolitan Outdoor Championships

The Rutgers women’s track and field team will return home this weekend to host the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive year at the Bauer Track and Field Complex in Piscataway. The first championship meet of the outdoor season will take place from Friday, April 14 to Saturday, April 15. Last year, the Scarlet Knights placed second at the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships, earning seven titles and 177 team points overall.

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