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
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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