Sept. 4, 1997
PC Women's Cross Country Ranked Fourth Nationally
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College women's cross country squad is ranked No. 4 in the country, according to the Preseason NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll released on Tuesday, September 2. The Friars, who finished seventh at the 1996 NCAA Championship, received 191 points in Tuesday's poll.
Last season, the Friars won their second consecutive BIG EAST Cross Country Championship and their sixth New England title.
In 1997, the Friars will be led by senior Maria McCambridge of Dublin, Ireland. McCambridge, who finished 14th at the 1996 NCAA Championship (18:06), is one of the top runners in the BIG EAST. In addition to her excellent finish at the NCAA Championship in 1996, McCambridge won the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.) in a course record time of 16:35 and captured the URI Invitational (17:10). She earned All-America honors in cross country in 1995 and 1996.
Also returning from last year's NCAA squad will be sophomore Dana Ostrander of Ballston Lake, N.Y. and juniors Sarah Dupre of Kingston, Ontario and Gladys Ganiel of Harrington, Maine.
Although the team lost three-time Cross Country All-American Marie McMahon, Head Coach Ray Treacy has brought in a strong freshman class to fill the void. Highly recruited freshmen Rachel Hixson of Media, Pa., Stephanie O'Reilly of Wicklow, Ireland, Katy Radkewich of Hudson, Ohio and Cory Roos of Manlius, N.Y. will add depth to the strong squad.
The Friars will open their season on Saturday, September 6 at the Central Connecticut Invitational in New Britain, Conn.
NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll
1. Stanford (7) 224
2. Brigham Young (1) 208
3. Villanova 205
4. PROVIDENCE 191
5. Colorado 186
6. Wisconsin 167
7. Arizona 160
8. Georgetown 156
9. North Carolina State 148
10. Northern Arizona 145
11. Arkansas 131
12. Dartmouth 128
13. Oregon 104
14. Michigan 100
15. William & Mary 93
16. Penn State 88
17. Florida 78
18. Boston College 71
19. Weber State 70
20. Nebraska 59
21. Washington 46
22. Colorado State 43
23. Georgia 28
24. North Carolina 27
25. Iowa State 18
( ) - first-place votes
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