Women's Cross Country Captures NCAA Northeast Regional Title, Men Place Fourth

Nov. 11, 2016

BRONX, N.Y. -- The Providence College women's cross country team captured the 2016 NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. today (Nov. 11). For the women, it was the team's fourth NCAA Northeast Regional title in the last five years (2015 1st, 2014 2nd, 2013 1st, and 2012 1st). The Friars scored 50 points, and placed first of 37 teams, as they had three runners in the top seven and easily defeated second-place Harvard (71 points) over the 6K course. With the victory the Friars earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Nov. 19. It will mark the team's 27th appearance at the NCAAs in the last 28 years.

The women's team was led by graduate student Sarah Collins (Basel, Switzerland) as she placed fourth in a time of 20:21.12. Junior Brianna Ilarda (Perth, Austrailia) and junior Millie Paladino (Morgantown, W.Va.) also finished in the top seven for the Friars. Ilarda was fifth (20:29.94) and Paladino placed seventh (20:38.92). Rounding out the scoring for Providence was freshman Abbey Wheeler (Pine City, N.Y.) and junior Katie Lembo (Penfield, N.Y.). Wheeler was 16th (20:54.45) and Lembo was 18th (20:58.27).

The Friar men's squad finished fourth of 35 teams as graduate student Julian Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand) was the team's top finisher, placing sixth in a time of 30:40.32. The top two teams at each NCAA Regional Championship earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. The Friar men's squad will hope to earn an at-large bid, which will be announced on Saturday, November 12.



Other scorers for the men's team on the 10K course were senior Hugh Armstrong (Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland), graduate student Stephen Robertson (Wakefield, Mass.), senior Trevor Crawley (Cumberland, R.I.) and junior Aaron Hanlon (Drogheda, Ireland). Armstrong was 13th (30:49.78), Robertson was 23rd (31:17.94), Cawley was 29th (31:29.54) and Hanlon was 38th (31:36.85).

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