Sept. 23, 1997

PC Women's Cross Country Ranked No. 4 Nationally

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College women's cross country squad remains ranked No. 4 in the country, according to the NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll released on Monday, September 22. The Friars, who finished seventh at the 1996 NCAA Championship, received 199 points in Monday's poll. PC earned 191 points and was ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Preseason Poll released on September 3.

The Friars have dominated the first two races of the season. On September 6, PC openened at the Central Connecticut Invitational and swept the first five positions. Junior Sarah Dupre (Kingston, Ontario) led the team and finished first in a time of 18:04. The following weekend, the Friars defeated three schools to capture the University of Rhode Island Invitational. The Friars dominated the meet as they captured the first four positions. Dupre set the pace for the team, finishing first in a time of 17:59. Sophomore Dana Ostrander of Ballston Lake, N.Y. (second - 18:15), freshman Cory Roos of Manlius, N.Y. (third - 18:35), Gladys Ganiel of Harrington, Maine (fourth - 18:46) and freshman Stephanie O'Reilly of Wicklow, Ireland (seventh - 19:13) all scored for the Friars.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, September 27 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll
    SCHOOL              POINTS
1.  Stanford (8)        224
2.  Brigham Young (1)   209
3.  Villanova           204
4.  PROVIDENCE          199
5.  Wisconsin           177
6.  Colorado            176
7.  Arizona             165
8.  Georgetown          153
9.  Arkansas            152
9.  North Carolina State152
11. Oregon              123
12. Dartmouth           118
13. Michigan            112
14. William & Mary       98
15. Northern Arizona     91
16. Florida              82
17. Boston College       72
17. Penn State           72
19. Washington           62
20. Colorado State       58
21. Nebraska             55
22. Coastal Carolina     32
23. UCLA                 31
24. Georgia              27
25. Weber State          25
( ) = first-place votes

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