Emily Sisson Runs Fifth Fastest 5,000 Meters In NCAA History For Opening Weekend
Sisson finished second, behind 5000 meter American Record holder Molly Huddle.
Track is named in honor of legendary Friar Head Coach.
Rising junior to race in 5,000-meter semifinals Monday, June 25.
Friars will send seven student-athletes with national championship aspirations.
One of the nation's most successful coaches, Ray Treacy embarks is in his 30th season as Director of Cross Country and Track at Providence College. In his 30 years at Providence, Treacy has coached 59 All-Americans, who have received 164 All-America accolades, 13 NCAA individual champions in cross country and track, 43 BIG EAST individual champions, who have captured 112 BIG EAST titles, and 11 Olympians. In addition, his teams have captured two NCAA Cross Country Championship (1995 and 2013), 13 NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships, 21 BIG EAST Cross Country titles and 20 New England Championships.
Treacy's road to success began when he was a student-athlete at Providence College. The brother of 1984 Olympic silver medalist, John Treacy `78, Ray's collegiate list of accomplishments and accolades is lengthy. He was the Friar team captain during his junior and senior seasons and collected All-America honors on three occasions. He was a two-time, New England cross country champion and won the indoor 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships three times. The talented distance runner was also the IC4A Champion in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, respectively.
A 1982 graduate of the College, Treacy is very committed to the success of PC's cross country and track programs. Since he took over as head coach in 1984, Treacy's knowledge of conditioning and training has moved the Friars' cross country and track programs into national prominence. Both the men's and women's cross country programs have advanced to their sports highest stage in 17 of the last 19 seasons, while the women's team has landed a record 24 out of 25 seasons.
Highlights among those 24 women's cross country seasons include the 1990, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2013 women's cross country squads. These six teams all finished among the top three teams in the country at their respective years' NCAA Cross Country Championship. The 1990 cross country team placed second with three runners in the top 20 earning All-America honors. Along with the team's 1995 and 2013 NCAA titles, the 1990 squad's second-place finish is one of the top accomplishments of the program along with the 2012 team's second-place finish.
The 1995 team captured the programs first NCAA title. On the road to this title, the team won their first BIG EAST and ECAC Championships. In recognition of his efforts, Treacy was named NCAA Division I Women's National Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, Rhode Island Words Unlimited Women's Coach of the Year and NCAA District I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The most recent of Treacy's successes was the 2013 women's cross country team capturing the programs second NCAA title. Three Friars, Emily Sisson '14, Laura Nagel '14 and Sarah Collins '16, finished with All-America accolades to help the team secure the win. Leading up to the Championship, the team also won the BIG EAST and NCAA Northeast Regional titles. For his efforts, Treacy was named the USFTCCCA National Coach of the Year, the Northeast Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and the Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year
The women's cross country team also placed third in consecutive years at the NCAA Championship, 2003 and 2004. In 2003, Kim Smith `05 and Mary Cullen '06 led the way. Kim Smith finished second overall, while Cullen took fifth-place to earn All-America honors. Providence was the only team to have two runners finish in the top five. The `95 women's team also won its third Northeast Regional title, for which Treacy was named Northeast Regional Coach of the Year for the seventh time since 1990.
In 2004, the women's cross country team placed third at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season and captured its fourth BIG EAST title. Again, the team was paced by Kim Smith, who capped off her brilliant Providence College career by winning the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Treacy also guided both the men's and women's cross country teams to NCAA Northeast Regional titles, for which he was again named regional Coach of the Year. The men's cross country team made its 10th consecutive appearance at the NCAAs and finished 21st. The men's team also won its 24th New England crown.
In 2012, the women's cross country team placed third at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and went on to win the Northeast Regional title. At the NCAA Cross Country Championship, three Friars earned All-American honors, Collins, Sisson and Nagel, to help the team place second.
On the men's side, the cross country team was most successful in 1992 and 2000 where both teams placed third at their respective NCAA Cross Country Championship. Along with the 2000 men's cross country teams' third place finish, Treacy coached Keith Kelly `00 to the first ever NCAA cross country individual title won by a Friar. Over the course of his time at Providence, Kelly collected seven BIG EAST titles in cross country and track, and was a five-time All-American.
Other program highlights under Treacy include Andy Keith '94 winning the NCAA Indoor Mile in 1992 and Mark Carroll '95 capturing the 5,000 meter indoor title in 1995. Keith finished his career at Providence with six All-America accolades and six BIG EAST titles. Carroll captured seven BIG EAST titles as a Friar and went on to compete at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Success and Ray Treacy have been synonymous at Providence College. Besides his long lists of BIG EAST, ECAC, IC4A and New England Champions, Treacy was instrumental in putting together the 4x1,500 meter relay team that set the world record at the Penn Relays in 1991. For his achievements, he was named Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year (1991).
Other program highlights include the 2003-04 indoor season where Kim Smith continued her success from the cross country season onto the track. She became the first Providence female athlete to capture two NCAA titles in the same meet, winning the 3,000 and 5,000 meters in NCAA record time. Kim Smith's time of 15:14.18 in the 5,000 meters shattered the previous NCAA record of 15:17.28, which was set in 1991. Her record still stands today. In the 3,000 meters, Kim Smith also set an NCAA record, finishing the race in 8:49.18 and eclipsing the old record of 8:53.54, which was set in 1983. Kim Smith helped the Friars to a ninth-place finish at the 2004 NCAAs, the team's best performance since 1992 (when the Friars placed fourth).
During the outdoor track season, Kim Smith won the 5,000 meters to claim her third NCAA individual title. In all, Smith set three NCAA records and four Providence College records under Treacy.
The 2006 outdoor track season was another milestone for Treacy and the program. Running in her final race, Cullen won the 5,000 meters at the NCAAs and became Treacy's ninth individual NCAA champion. The meet was successful for the men's team, which recorded its highest finish ever at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships, placing 16th, which also was the best of any BIG EAST team.
In more recent years, Danette Doetzel `09 won the BIG EAST title in the 10,000 meters at the 2009 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Doetzel concluded her illustrious career at Providence College by capturing the 10,000 meter title at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. Doetzel's victory was the 10th NCAA individual title for the Providence College women's track and cross country program under Treacy.
The tradition of excellence continued during the 2010 cross country campaign. Lee Carey `13 captured the men's program's 11th individual BIG EAST title.
In the 2013 outdoor season, Treacy continued his coaching success. Two BIG EAST individual titles were won on the women's side, with Sisson winning the 10,000 meters, breaking Kim Smith's BIG EAST meet record in a time of 33:02.80. Nagel won the 5,000 meter title. On the men's side, Dominic Channon `13 and Quinn were runners up at the BIG EAST Championships in the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively. The Providence women closed the season with three All-American's at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships after Emily Sisson and Laura Nagel finished sixth and 12thin the 5,000 meters, respectively, and Shelby Greany finished 11thin the 3,000 meter steeplechase final.
The 2014 indoor season saw two BIG EAST individual titles. Sisson won the 5,000 meters and Nagel won the 3,000 meters. Sisson and Nagel both went on to earn First- Team All-America honors in the 5,000 meters and Second-Team All-America honors in the 3,000 meters, respectively, at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Several of Treacy's student-athletes have gone on to leave their mark internationally. In 1996, three athletes, who trained under Treacy's guidance at Providence, became PC's first female track stars to compete in the Olympics. Sinead Delahunty `93 (1,500 meters), Marie McMahon '96 (5,000 meters) and Amy Rudolph '95 (5,000 meters) all competed in Atlanta, Ga. Treacy had three former Friars compete in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, as well, with Delahunty (1,500 meters), Rudolph (5,000 meters) and Mark Carroll '95 (5,000 meters) all running in the 2000 Games. Kim Smith, McMahon, Carroll and Maria McCambridge `98 competed in the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kim Smith (10,000 meters), Roisin McGettigan '03 (3,000 meter steeplechase) and Martin Fagan (Marathon) all competed. At the 2012 London Olympics, Kim Smith (Marathon), Dylan Wykes '05 (Marathon) and Stephanie Reilly '01 (3,000 meter Steeplechase) all competed.
A former Irish national junior champion and a past member of the Irish National Cross Country Team, Treacy currently resides in Warwick, R.I. with his wife, Lisa. They have two sons, Michael and Liam.
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