June 10, 1997

Women's Outdoor Track Wrap-Up

Women: 11th BIG EAST, 52nd NCAA
Coach: Ray Treacy
Captains: Heather Couture, Susan Murnane

Head Coach Ray Treacy's women's track squad posted a successful outdoor season in 1997. Senior Marie McMahon (Ennistymon, Ireland), sophomore Sarah Dupre (Kingston, Ontario) and senior Heather Couture (Manchester, N.H.) were three of the team's top runners.

McMahon, who sat out the 1996-97 indoor season, returned to the track in top form. She began the outdoor season with a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays on March 28 in Raleigh, N.C. She earned her first win of the season by capturing the 5,000 meter title (15:56.86) at the Penn Relays on April 24 and qualifying for the NCAA Championship. McMahon continued to dominate by earning All-BIG EAST accolades in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championship on May 3-4. She earned the honors by placing first in the 5,000 (16:07.43) and second in the 3,000 (9:21.31). At the ECAC Championship on May 23, McMahon captured the 3,000 meter title in a time of 9:22.87. She concluded her season on June 7 at the NCAA Championship in Bloomington, Ind. McMahon finished sixth in the 5,000 meters (16:12.54) and earned her ninth All-America honor.

Dupre posted strong performances throughout the spring in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Dupre earned a win in the 3,000 meters (9:54.19) at the Brown Invitational on April 20 at Providence, R.I. She finished seventh in the 5,000 meters (16:33.40) at the Penn Relays and qualified for the NCAA Championship. Dupre ran one of her strongest races of the year at the BIG EAST Championship on May 3, finishing third and earning All-BIG EAST honors in the 10,000 meters (35:43.12). In her final race of the season, Dupre finished eighth in her qualifying heat in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championship.

Couture opened the outdoor season with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters (34:44.03) at the Raleigh Relays on March 28. Couture finished second in the 3,000 meters at the Brown Invitational on April 20. At the BIG EAST Championship on May 3, she placed sixth (36:17.51) in the 10,000 meters. Couture ran the final race of her collegiate career at the NCAA Championship on June 6. She finished 12th in the 10,000 meters in a time of 35:34.36.

1997 Women's Outdoor Track Letter Winners
Heather Couture '97
Krissy Haacke '97
Heather Horton '97
Marie McMahon '97
Patrcia McNiece '97
Susan Murnane '97
Maria McCambridge '98
Bridget MacLaughlin '98
Yvonne O'Donnell '98
Maura Cignetti '99
Sarah Dupre '99
Gladys Ganiel '99
Erin Murphy '99
Kristin Torvaldsen '99
Shannon Wood '99
Sarah Doyle '00
Melissa Famiglietti '00
Marissa Jackson '00
Kelly McCabe '00
Dana Ostrander '00
Samantha Siagel '00
Larissa Schaldenko '00

1997 Women's Outdoor Track - Awards And Honors
Sarah Dupre - All-BIG EAST (10,000 meters)
Dana Ostrander - All-ECAC (5,000 meters)
Marie McMahon - All-American (5,000 meters; All-BIG EAST (3,000 meters and 5,000 meters; All-ECAC (3,000 meters)

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