Nov. 4, 1997

    Providence College Women's Cross Country Ranked No. 5

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College women's cross country squad is ranked No. 5 in the country, according to the NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll released on Monday, November 3. The PC men's team moved into the national poll and is ranked 19th, according to the latest NCAA Poll released Tuesday, November 4.

    The women's team returned to action on Friday, October 31 and captured its third consecutive BIG EAST title at Van Cortlandt Park in New York, N.Y. The Friars were led by junior Sarah Dupre (Kingston, Ontario) who finished fifth in a time of 17:26. Also scoring for PC were freshman Rachel Hixson of Media, Pa. (eighth - 17:50), sophomore Dana Ostrander of Ballston, Lake, N.Y. (ninth - 17:52), senior Maria McCambridge of Dublin, Ireland (13th - 18:08) and junior Gladys Ganiel of Harrington, Maine (17th - 18:15).

    In its most recent race, the Providence College men's cross country team finished second at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship on Oct. 31 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York, N.Y. Junior Ben Noad (Bristol, England) led the men's team, finishing second in a time of 25:00. Junior Zack Ventress of Spokane, Wash. (ninth - 25:18), sophomore Keith Kelly of Drogheda, Ireland (14th - 25:32), junior Rick Bush of Clifton Park, N.Y. (18th - 25:40) and sophomore Larry Morrissey of Waterford, Ireland (31st - 26:00) also scored for Providence.

    The PC men's and women's teams will return to action on Nov. 15 at the NCAA District I Championship at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.

    NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll
        SCHOOL                  POINTS
    1.  Stanford                225
    2.  BYU                     216
    3.  Wisconsin               206
    4.  Colorado                197
    5.  PROVIDENCE              185
    6.  Oregon                  171
    7.  Georgetown              164
    8.  North Carolina State    162
    9.  Washington              154
    10. Boston College          125
    11. Michigan                123
    12. Colorado State          122
    13. Florida                 115
    14. Arkansas                106
    15. Dartmouth               105
    16. William & Mary           88
    17. Weber State              71
    18. UCLA                     69
    19. Nebraska                 63
    20. James Madison            55
    21. Marquette                50
    22. Minnesota                37
    23. Northern Arizona         30
    24. Coastal Carolina         23
    25. Missouri                 21
    NCAA Men's Cross Country Poll
        SCHOOL                  POINTS
    1.  Arkansas                392
    2.  Stanford                389
    3.  Michigan                369
    4.  Colorado                354
    5.  Wisconsin               330
    6.  Oregon                  314
    7.  North Carolina State    302
    8.  Michigan State          278
    9.  Notre Dame              264
    10. Washington State        261
    11. Miami-Ohio              205
        Weber State             205
    13. Eastern Michigan        196
    14. Iowa State              161
    15. BYU                     145
    16. UCLA                    138
    17. William & Mary          132
    18. Oklahoma State          130
    19. PROVIDENCE              115
    20. Georgetown               94
    21. Arizona                  86
    22. Princeton                74
    23. Nebraska                 45
    24. Alabama                  32
    25. Washington               31

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