Nov. 17, 1997

    Women's Cross Country Ranked No. 8

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College women's cross country squad is ranked No. 8 in the country, according to the NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll released on Monday, November 17.

    On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Friars finished second of 27 teams at the NCAA District 1 Championship at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. Junior Sarah Dupre of Kingston, Ontario led the women's team as she finished fourth in a time of 18:17. Also scoring for the women's team were freshman Rachel Hixson of Media, Pa. (seventh - 18:26), senior Maria McCambridge of Dublin, Ireland (ninth - 18:37), sophomore Dana Ostrander of Ballston Lake, N.Y. (20th - 19:08) and Gladys Ganiel of Harrington, Maine (21st - 19:09).

    By finishing second at the District 1 Championship, the Friars earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship on Nov. 24 at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. PC, which captured the 1995 NCAA title, will be seeking its ninth consecutive top 10 finish at this year's NCAA Championship.

    The PC women's teams will return to action on Nov. 24 at the NCAA Championship at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

    NCAA Women's Cross Country Poll
            SCHOOL                  POINTS
        1.  Stanford                223
        2.  BYU                     218
        3.  Wisconsin               206
        4.  Colorado                197
        5.  Oregon                  179
        6.  North Carolina State    170
        7.  Michigan                160
        8.  PROVIDENCE              158
        9.  Dartmouth               151
        10. Washington              137
        11. Georgetown              125
        12. Arkansas                112
        13. Boston College          111
        14. Colorado State          108
        15. Florida                 101
        16. West Virginia           88
        17. Missouri                82
        18. Wake Forest             66
        19. Nebraska                61
        20. Weber State             54
            James Madison           54
        22. Baylor                  42
        23. Georgia                 30
        24. William & Mary          27
        25. Minnesota               24