1996 Season in Review

    Men: 1st BIG EAST, 22nd NCAA
    Coach: Ray Treacy
    Captains: Mike Donnelly, David Healy

    The Providence College men's cross country program proved to be one of the surprise teams of the BIG EAST in 1996. Running for the first time in five seasons without PC great Mark Carroll, the Friars had to rely on depth, balance and strategy to win races. PC was impressive, finishing third of 19 teams at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on September 28. Senior Michael Donnelly (Somerset, Mass.) placed ninth (24:50) and was the top finisher for the Friars. On October 18, led by senior David Healy of Cork, Ireland (fifth, 24:13), PC captured its 18th New England Championship at Franklin Park. Donnelly placed fifth and led the Friars to victory at the BIG EAST Championship on November 1. It marked the second consecutive year PC captured the men's and women's BIG EAST title. The win gave the PC men's team its league leading 12th BIG EAST title. The Friars finished third in District 1 and 10th overall at the IC4A Championship at Franklin on November 16, but failed to qualify for the NCAA Championship. However, the men's team received an at-large bid for the Championship and placed 22nd in the race. Donnelly was the Friars' top finisher as he placed 69th in a time of 32:46.