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Barroca leads Princeton to first IC4A cross country title

October 17, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tony Barroca, who missed last season with a stress fracture of the right thigh, won the IC4A men’s cross country title and led Princeton to its first championship Friday at Van Cortlandt Park.

Barroca, a senior from Kearney, N.J., was timed in 24 minutes, 49 seconds, for the five-mile course, as Princeton placed its five runners among the top 17 and finished with 49 points.

Ricardo Santos of Iona was nearly 50 yards back in second place in 24:57, helping the Gaels earn second place with 63 points.

Francis Rono of Virginia Commonwealth was third in 25:02, one second ahead of Princeton’s Erik Kean.

Duke was a distant third in the team scoring with 122 points, followed by Virginia Tech (162) and Penn (167).

In the ECAC women’s championship held in conjunction with the IC4A race, Emily Germano of Cornell won in 17:40 for the 3.1-mile event.

Ariana Kelly’s second-place finish in 17:46 helped Yale to its fourth team title _ its first since winning three straight from 1986-88 _ with 64 points.

Princeton was second with 89 points and Cornell third with 98.

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