Women's Track Finishes Eighth at ECAC Championships

    May 26, 1998

    at George Mason University -- Fairfax, Va.
    May 21-24, 1998

    FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Providence College Friars scored 37 points and finished eighth of 43 teams at the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fairfax, Va. on May 21-24. PC was led by senior Marie McMahon of Ennistymon, Ireland, junior Sara Dupre of Kingston, Ontario and junior Gladys Ganiel of Harrington, Maine who each earned a first-place finish.

    McMahon defended her 1997 ECAC 3,000 meter title by running the fastest collegiate 3,000 time in the country this season. McMahon won the 3,000 in a time of 9:10.58 and qualified for the NCAA Championship, which will take place on June 3-6 in Buffalo, N.Y. Also running with McMahon in the 3,000 were freshmen teammates Rachel Hixson of Media, Pa. and Stephanie O'Reilly of Wicklow, Ireland. Hixson placed fourth (9:32.43) and O'Reilly was seventh (9:38.29). Both runners scored for the Friars and qualified for the NCAA Championship.

    In the 5,000 meters, Dupre captured her first ECAC Outdoor title as she finished in a time of 16:22.88 and qualified for the NCAA Championship. Sophomore Dana Ostrander of Ballston Lake, N.Y. also ran the 5,000, finishing 11th in a time of 17:30.30.

    Ganiel ran her most impressive race of the season in the 10,000 meters, winning the race in a time of 34:57.96. For Ganiel the win marked her first ECAC title.

    TEAM RESULTS - TOP 10 OF 43 1. George Mason 61 2. Seton Hall 58 3. West Virginia 52 4. Virginia Tech. 45 4. Pittsburgh 45 6. St. John's 41 7. Georgetown 40 8. PROVIDENCE 37 9. Villanova 32 10. Princeton 31.5

    PROVIDENCE TOP FINISHERS Event Place Athlete Time 3,000 meters 1st Marie McMahon 9:10.58 3,000 meters 4th Rachel Hixson 9:32.43 3,000 meters 7th Stephanie O'Reilly 9:38.29 5,000 meters 1st Sarah Dupre 16:22.88 5,000 meters 11th Dana Ostrander 17:30.30 10,000 meters 1st Gladys Ganiel 34:57.96