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