Nov. 24, 1997

Women Finish 6th, Men 16th at NCAA Championships

Sarah Dupre and Ben Noad Capture All-America Honors

GREENVILLE, South Carolina--Junior Sarah Dupre (Kingston, Ontario) and junior Ben Noad (Bristol, England) took All-America honors as they helped their respective cross country teams to sixth and 16th place finishes at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. Providence was just one of 11 schools to have both its men's and women's teams running for the national championship.

Dupre led the PC women to their ninth consecutive top ten finish in NCAA Championships by finishing 12th overall, covering the Furman University Golf Course's 5K course in a time of 17:00 minutes. She was followed by Rachel Hixson (Fr., Media, Pa.) who finished 44th in a time of 17:30. Maria McCambridge (Sr., Dublin, Ireland) was 54th in 17:37; Gladys Ganiel (Jr., Harrington, Me.) finished strong to take 93rd in a time of 17:55 and Dana Ostrander (So., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) closed out the Friars' scorers in 106th place in a time of 18:03. Stephanie O'Reilly (Fr., Wicklow, Ireland) was 142nd in a time of 18:33 and Yvonne O'Donnell (Sr., Mahopac, N.Y.) finished 172nd in with a time of 19:17.

Brigham Young University won the team title with 100 points. Stanford (102), Colorado (178), Dartmouth (205) and Wisconsin (227) finished in front of the sixth place Friars (230). Michigan, Oregon, Boston College and Georgetown rounded out the Top 10. Individually, Villanova's Carrie Tollefson won the race in a time of 16:29.

PC Coach Ray Treacy was pleased with his team's performance. "Sarah really came through for us," explained Treacy. He continued, "She was further back after the first mile than we had hoped. She really stuck with it. Rachel (Hixson) ran well and so did Maria (McCambridge) coming back from an injury. Gladys (Ganiel) held her own most of the race and was passing people at the end. I'm very happy with the progress that our women's team made this year."

In the men's 10 kilometer race, Ben Noad led the Friars to a 16th place finish, their best since an eighth place finish in 1995. Noad covered the course in 30:02 for an 18th place finish. Zack Ventress (Jr. Spokane, Wash.) was 90th in a time of 31:16; Paul McNamara (Sr., Galway, Ireland) was 107th (31:33); Rick Bush (Jr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) was 118th (31:38) and Carl Mauro (Jr., Hornell, N.Y.) rounded out the scorers with a 137th place finish (31:58). The Friars other two runners, Keith Kelly (So., Drogheda, Ireland) and Larry Morrissey (So., Waterford, Ireland) finished 154 (32:25) and 166th (32:56) respectively.

Teamwise, the Friars recorded 375 points. Stanford was first with 53 points and was followed by Arkansas (56), Colorado (108), Michigan (116) and Wisconsin (201) rounded out the top five. PC was second among BIG EAST teams with only Notre Dame (12th place - 309 points) finishing ahead of the Friars.

Treacy was pleased with the way the men ran. "We were one runner away from being in the Top 12," said Treacy. "I'm satisfied our finish. Ben Noad had a great race. I'm proud we made it - not many schools here had two teams running."

Team Results
  1.    Stanford            53
  2.    Arkansas            56
  3.    Colorado            108
  4.    Michigan            116
  5.    Wisconsin           201
  6.    No. Carolina State  214
  7.    Michigan State      257
  8.    Oregon              266
  9.    William and Mary    274
10.     Weber State         278
11.     Nebraska            294
12.     Notre Dame          309
13.     Iona College        340
14.     Oklahoma State      346
15.     Iowa State          357
16.     PROVIDENCE          375
17.     Princeton           379
18.     Minnesota           424
19.     Alabama             433
20.     Texas - San Antonio 540
21.     Navy                584
22.     Florida             600
  1.   Mebrahtom Keflezighi, UCLA   28:54
  2.   Kevin Sullivan, Michigan     29:01
  3.   Brnard Lagat, Washington St. 29:05
  4.   Adam Goucher, Colorado       29:10
  5.   Ryan Wilson, Arkansas        29:13
  6.   Cleophas Boor, Nebraska      29:22
  7.   Abdi Abdirahman, Arizona     29:26
  8.   Nathan Nutter, Stanford      29:34
  9.   Sean Kaley,  Arkansas        29:39
10.    Brad Hauser, Stanford        29:42
18.     Ben Noad, PC        30:02
90.     Zack Ventress, PC   31:16
107.    Paul McNamara, PC   31:33
118.    Rick Bush, PC       31:28
137.    Carl Mauro, PC      31:58
154.    Keith Kelly, PC     32:25
166.    Larry Morrissey, PC 32.56
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