Sept. 14, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Stony Brook, N.Y. on Saturday, September 15 to compete in The Wolfie Invitational hosted by America East competitor, Stony Brook University. The men’s 6K is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., followed by the women’s 5K at 11:15 a.m.
At their first meet, the Friar men took the team title topping host New Hampshire. Eight Friars placed in the top-10, including four of the top five. Sophomore Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland) led the way with a first-place individual finish ahead of the race's second-place finisher, fellow Friar, junior Jonathan Hopkins (Bridgend, Wales). Sophomores Benjamin Connor (Derby, England), Liam Hillery (Smithfield, R.I.) and Luke Perron (West Hartford, Conn.), freshman Christian Costello (Ridgewood, N.J.), and seniors Ahmed Ali (Boston, Mass.) and Alex Wallace (Waipukurau, New Zealand) rounded out the Friars top 10 performances. All but Wallace will be competing on Saturday, along with graduate student Anthony Gonsalves (Pawtucket, R.I.).
Competing at the event on the men’s side will be Marist, host Stony Brook and reigning national champions No. 1 Wisconsin. Wisconsin opened their season on September 7th, led by junior standout, Alex Brill. Brill was only one of seven Badgers to finish in the top nine.
After a strong start to the season at New Hampshire, the No. 7 ranked Friar women will look to repeat at Stony Brook. In New Hampshire, the women's team locked up seven of the top-10 spots in the race, led by junior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand) and senior Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.) who took first and second. Both will be racing on Saturday, along with senior Sam Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.), juniors Jackie McCarthy (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Erin Murphy (Easton, Mass.), sophomores Devyn Pryor (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Caile Kohlbrenner (Sparkill, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Mary Collins (Basel, Switzerland). The meet will mark the first performance of the season for Roecker, and first collegiate meet for Collins.
The Friars’ women’s squad will be competing against Marist and host Stony Brook. In their first outing, Stony Brook athletes Annie Keown and Lorraine McCarthy claimed the top-two spots, leading their team to a first place finish. For Marist, Michelle Gaye led the squad with a 17 second victory in their first meet. She was one of five Red Foxes to finish in the top 10 at the meet.