Sept. 30, 1997

PC Men's Cross Country Ranked No. 24 Nationally

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's cross country squad is ranked No. 24 in the country, according to the NCAA Men's Cross Country Poll released on Tuesday, September 30.

The Friars returned to action on Sept. 27 and finished seventh of 15 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday, September 27. PC junior Ben Noad Of Bristol, England captured the individual title by finishing first in a time of 24:23. Also scoring for PC were junior Zack Ventress of Spokane, Wash. (36th - 25:33), junior Rick Bush of Clifton Park, N.Y. (49th - 25:46), freshman Ciaran Lynch of Limerick, Ireland (56th - 25:52) and sophomore Larry Morrissey of Waterford, Ireland (61st -25:59).

The Friars' next race is scheduled for Oct. 17 at the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.

NCAA Men's Cross Country Poll
SCHOOL                      POINTS
1.  Stanford (11)           393
2.  Arkansas (5)            388
3.  Colorado                357
4.  Oregon                  347
5.  Michigan                332
6.  Wisconsin               312
7.  North Carolina State    311
8.  Weber State             244
9.  Oklahoma State          217
10. Georgetown              211
11, Notre Dame              195
12. Iona                    177
13. Wake Forest             167
14. Alabama                 161
15. Washington State        157
16. Washington              139
17. Iowa                    118
18. BYU                     115
19. Arizona                 109
20. Michigan State          105
21. UCLA                    77
22. Minnesota               69
23. Northern Arizona        60
24. PROVIDENCE              57
25. Nebraska                54
        ( ) = first-place votes

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