Sept. 6, 1997

    Women's Cross Country Wins Central Connecticut Invitational

    New Britian, Conn -- The Providence College women's cross country team opened the 1997-98 campaign by winning the Central Connecticut Invitational in New Britian, Connecticut. Providence lived up to its number four ranking in the national polls by taking the first five spots in sweeping the eight team race.

    Providence was led by junior Sarah Dupre (Kingston, Ontario) who covered the course in a winning time of 18:04 to win the first race of her collegiate career. She was followed by teammates Dana Ostrander (So., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) who finished second with a time of 18:13. Rachel Hixson (Fr., Media, Pa.) was third in her first collegiate race in with a time of 18:29. Gladys Ganiel (Jr., Harrington, Maine) was fourth in 18:52 and Cory Roos (Fr., Manlius, N.Y.) rounded out the top five with a time of 18:59.

    As a team, the Friars recorded 15 points. They were followed by Rhode Island with 58; Holy Cross with 103; Maine with 106; Southern Connecticut with 127; Central Connecticut with144; Quinnipiac was seventh with 165 and Hartford was eighth with 250 points.

    Rounding out the top ten runners were: 6th - Sara Titus of Southern Connecticut (19:10); 7th - Karen Labbadia of Rhode Island (19:34); 8th - Heather Whitmore of Rhode Island (19:34); 9th - Heather Gardiner of Central Connecticut (19:44) and Gretchen Werning of Holy Cross was tenth in 19:53).

    PC's other runners in the race were led by Kelly McCabe (So., Yardley, Pa.) who finished 23rd in 20:48; Samantha Samberg (Fr., West Springfield, Mass.) was 45th in 21:56; Samantha Siagel (So., Southboro, Mass.) was 56th in a time of 22:37; Julie Cooper (Jr., Cumberland, R.I.) was 57th in 22:42; Erin Newman (Fr., Smithfield, R.I.) was 71st in 24:20 and Shannon Wood (Jr., Rockville Center, N.Y.) closed out PC's runners with a time of 24:37.

    Ray Treacy's runners return to action next Saturday, September 13th at the University of Rhode Island Invitational in South Kingston, R.I. The women's race is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.

    TEAM RESULTS                INDIVIDUAL RESULTS - Central Connecticut Invitational
    Providence           15     (Top 10 Finishers)
    Rhode Island         58 
    Holy Cross          103     1.  Sarah Dupre - PC            18:04
    Maine               106     2.  Dana Ostrander - PC         18:13
    Southern Conn.      127     3.  Rachel Hixson - PC          18:29
    Central Conn.       144     4.  Gladys Ganiel - PC          18:52
    Quinnipiac          165     5.  Cory Roos - PC              18:59
    Hartford            250     6.  Sarah Titus - SCSU          19:10
                                7.  Karen Labbadia - URI        19:34
                                8.  Heather Whitmore - URI      19:34
                                9.   Heather Gardiner - CCSU    19:44
                                10. Gretchen Werning - HC       19:53
                                (other PC runners)
                                23.  Kelly McCabe - PC          20:48
                                45.  Samantha Samberg - PC      21:56
                                56.  Samantha Siagel - PC       22:37       
                                57.  Julie Cooper - PC          22:42
                                71.  Erin Newman - PC           24:20
                                74.  Shannon Wood - PC          24:37

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