June 10, 1997
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Season Recap
Men: 13th BIG EAST
Coach: Ray Treacy
Captains: Nick Kent, Steve Myers
The 1997 Providence College outdoor track team was led by senior Michael Donnelly (Somerset, Mass.) and sophomore Rich Bush (Clifton Park, N.Y.).
Donnelly, who continued his strong performances from the cross country and indoor track seasons, was the squad's top performer. He opened the outdoor season by finishing fifth (29:12.07) in the 10,000 meters and qualifying for the NCAA Championship at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. on March 28. Donnelly placed second in the 1,500 meters at the Brown Invitational on April 20. After finishing ninth in the 10,000 at the BIG EAST Championship and ninth in the 5,000 at the IC4A Championship, Donnelly placed 10th (29:59.14) in the 10,000 at the NCAA Championship on June 4. With his 10th-place finish, he earned his second All-America honor in 1997.
Bush also had an excellent season for the Friars. Bush finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase at the University of Massachusetts on April 12. In his next race, he placed second (9:40.80) in the steeplechase at the Brown Invitational on April 20. At the second Brown Invitational on April 27, Bush won the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:58.24 and qualified for the New England Championship. On May 3, he placed ninth in the 3,000 steeplechase at the BIG EAST Championship. At the New England Championship on May 16, Bush finished 10th in the 5,000 meters a time of 15:00.61.
1997 Men'S Outdoor Track Letter Winners
Michael Donnelly '97
David Healy '97
Nick Kent '97
Steven Myers '97
Gary Blair '98
Dan Davenport '98
John Mashia '98
Paul McNamara '98
Rich Bush '99
Brendan Cashman '99
Chris Lambton '99
Tom McCabe '99
Zack Ventress '99
Joseph Cech '00
Nathaniel Greene '00
Keith Kelly '00
Frank Mignano '00
Larry Morrissey '00
John O'Mara '00
Rich Zabbo '00
1997 Men's Outdoor Track - Awards And Honors
Michael Donnelly - All-American (5,000 meters)
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