April 1, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College currently ranks 32nd in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I Winter standings. The Friars have accumulated 226.00 points with a National Championship in women's cross country, a 16th-place finish by the men's cross country team, an NCAA Tournament run by the men's soccer team and solid individual performances for the women's indoor track team at the NCAA Championships. The current set of rankings was released on March 27.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded to collegiate institutions based on its performance in up to 20 sports. An institution can earn points in up to 10 men's sports and 10 women's sports.
The women's cross country team claimed Providence's second NCAA team title on Saturday, Nov. 23 with 141 points at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center (6k) located in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.) was the Friars' top finisher with a seventh-place finish with a time of 20:17.5. Senior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand) was the second Friar to cross the line (20:38.8), finishing 27th overall. Sophomore Sarah Mary Collins (Basel, Switzerland) finished in 39th with a time of 20:44.9. By virtue of their top-40 finishes, Sission, Nagel and Collins earned All-America honors.
On the men's side, junior Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland) was the Friars' top finisher with a 42nd-place finish, out of 254 competitors, posting a time of 30:47.8. Junior Benjamin Connor (Derby England) closely trailed, finishing 44th in a time of 30:51.4. The team's 16th-place finish (396 points) was its best finish since the team finished ninth in 2006.
The men's soccer program earned an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament after posting a regular season record of 11-4-2 and defeated Penn on the road in penalty kicks (3-1) to advance to the second round. The Friars traveled to College Park, Md. to face then fifth-ranked Maryland, who topped the Friars, 3-1. The Terps went on to finish as the national runner-up.
The women's indoor track team recently added 17.5 points to the Friars' total in the standings, as Nagel and Sisson posted solid individual finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Albuquerque, N.M. Nagel finished 13th in the 3,000 meters and claimed Second-Team All-America honors, while Sisson placed eighth in the 5,000 meters and captured First-Team All-America recognition.
Providence's current ranking in the standings (32nd) is first among non-FBS/FCS colleges and universities (non-football playing institutions). Providence is the only non-FBS/FCS institution ranked among the top-50. Denver ranks 57th (150.00). Additionally, there are just 11 Division I non-FBS/FCS institutions in the top-100.
The Friars also rank second among BIG EAST Conference members. Georgetown currently sits in 24th place (273.20 points).
The next set of Division I winter standings will be released on Thursday, April 10. The Friars' current point total does not reflect recent NCAA Tournament appearances by the men's basketball and men's ice hockey teams.