Oct. 31, 1997
Women Capture Third Consecutive BIG EAST Title
|Sarah Dupre finished fifth at the BIG EAST Championships to lead PC's women to their third consecutive conference title.|
The PC women captured their third consecutive BIG EAST championship, edging out Georgetown by six points, 52-58. Boston College was third with 75 points, Notre Dame was fourth with 126 and West Virginia closed out the top five with 137 points.
For the first time in five years, a PC women did not win the race as Villanova's Carrie Tollefson covered the 5,000 meter course in 16:54. Wildcat teammate, Carmen Duoma was second in 17:12. Leading the sixth-ranked Friars was junior Sarah Dupree (Kingston, Ontario) who finished fifth in a time of 17:26. Rachel Hixson (Fr., Media, Pa.) was PC's second runner home in eighth place with a time of 17:50. Dana Ostrander (So., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) was ninth in 17:52, Maria McCambridge (Sr., Dublin, Ireland) was 13th in 18:08 and junior Gladys Ganiel (Harrington, Maine) locked up the win with a 17th place finish in 18:15. PC's runners finished 5-8-9-13-17 while Georgetown's came in 3-7-12-14-22.
On the men's side, Notre Dame captured its first-ever BIG EAST cross country title with 50 points. Providence, 12-time winners of the conference title, finished second for the fourth time since 1979 with 74 points. Georgetown was third with 82, West Virginia fourth with 102 and Boston College fifth with 117 points to round out the top five.
Travis Landreth of Connecticut was the individual winner as he covered the five-mile course in 24:49. PC's Ben Noad (Jr., Bristol, Conn.) continued his strong season finishing second, 11 seconds off Landreth's pace in 25:00. Zack Ventress (Jr., Spokane, Wash.) was PC's second finisher in ninth with a time of 25:18. Keith Kelly (So., Drogheda, Ireland) was 14th in 25:32; Rick Bush (Jr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) was 18th in 25:40 and Larry Morrissey (So., Waterford, Ireland) closed out the Friar scorers with a 31st place finish in 26:00.
For the race, Notre Dame's top five runners finished 4-5-10-11-20 while PC's top five came in 2-9-14-18-31.
Next up for the Friars are the NCAA District Meets on November 15th at Franklin Park in Boston. The NCAA Championships will be held on November 24th at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
BIG EAST Women's Cross Country StandingsVan Cortlandt Park, New York (5,000 meters)
1. Providence 52 2. Georgetown 58 3. Boston College 75 4. Notre Dame 126 5. West Virginia 137 6. Villanova 167 7. Rutgers 197 8. Syracuse 247 9. Miami 248 10. Connecticut 271 11. St. John's 276 12. Pittsburgh 298 13. Seton Hall 318 TOP 10 Finishers: 1. Carrie Tollefson, Villanova 16:54 2. Carmen Duoma, Villanova 17:12 3. Kate Landau, Georgetown 17:15 4. Angela Graham, Boston Coll. 17:22 5. Sarah Dupre, Providence 17:26 6. Charity Wachera, West Virginia 17:43 7. Kristen Gordon, Georgetown 17:49 8. Rachel Hixson, Providence 17:50 9. Dana Ostrander, Providence 17:52 10. Ann Baldelli, Boston College 17:59 PC Finishers: 13. Maria McCambridge, PC 18:08 17. Gladys Ganiel, PC 18:15 41. Stephanie O'Reilly, PC 19:12 54. Yvonne O'Donnell, PC 19:35 89. Kelly McCabe, PC 20:18 93. Samantha Samberg, PC 20:25
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