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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