Oct. 26, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. -
The Providence College men's and women's cross country teams competed today (Oct. 26) at the BIG EAST Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
The 10th-ranked Friar women finished third with 80 points. The Friars were led by freshman-standout Sarah Mary Collins (Basel, Switzerland). The two-time BIG EAST Athlete of the Week finished second in a close race to the finish-line. Collins' time of 20:46.12 was just .79 seconds behind the race-winner, Emily Lipari from Villanova.
This year's conference championship went to Georgetown who had three top-10 finishers, and scored 58 points. Runner-up was Connecticut with 68 points.
Joining Collins for the Friars in the scoring was senior Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.), junior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand), senior Sam Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.) and freshman Lauren Mullins (Binghamton, N.Y.). Greany finished fifth with a time of 20:56.50. She was followed by Nagel (11th; 21:17.85). Roecker and Keating placed 24th and 38th, respectively, to round out the scoring (21:51.74 and 22:36.82).
"A lot of positives about the women's race, especially finishing third without two women who are normally in our top six," said Head Coach Ray Treacy. "We expect to be at full strength for the first time all season at the NCAA Regionals in two weeks time and are very optimistic about our chances."
Collins, Greany and Nagel all earned All-BIG EAST honors on the women's side for their top-15 finishes.
The men's team finished fourth with 109 points. The team was led by sophomore Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland). Quinn finished second in a tight race to the finish-line with a time of 24.38.81. Syracuse's Martin Hehir took the individual title, crossing the finish-line 1.61 seconds before Quinn. Syracuse was named conference champions finishing with 37 points, and four top-10 finishers.
Senior Alex Wallace (Waipukurau, New Zealand) placed second for the Friar men, finishing 12th (24:56.98) overall. Taking the third spot for the team was junior Jonathan Hopkins (Bridgend, Wales) in his first BIG EAST Championship appearance. Hopkins finished 27th with a time of 25:22.46. Hopkins was closely followed by another first-timer, freshman Harvey Dixon (Aldershot, England) who finished 30th (25:25.45). Rounding out the scoring for the men was sophomore Benjamin Connor (Derby, England), who finished 38th with a time of 25:37.04.
"A much improved performance from Wisconsin," said Treacy. "To finish fourth and beat two ranked teams was great. Shane ran a great race and was just barely pipped on the line for the individual title."
Quinn and Wallace both earned All-BIG EAST honors.
Both teams will compete at the NCAA Regional Championships in Madison, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 9.