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