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10/9/2017 11:10pm

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.

10/2/2017 8:53am

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 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.

9/29/2017 4:54pm

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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