Despite the loss of five of the top seven runners from the 2004 Providence College women's cross country team, 22nd-year Head Coach Ray Treacy's
2005 squad will have another strong group, who will look to finish in the top-10 at the NCAA's for the 16th time in school history.
In 2004, the Friars finished third at the NCAA's for the second consecutive season. Kim Smith (Auckland, New Zealand), who graduated in May, capped off her brilliant career at Providence by winning the NCAA Cross Country individual title. In addition to Smith, the Friars will not have four-time All-American Mary Cullen (Sligo, Ireland), but Treacy's 2005 team will feature a solid group of veterans and talented newcomers, who will look to carry on the tradition of success at Providence.
Senior All-American Fiona Crombie (Christchurch, New Zealand) will be PC's top runner after strong performances last season. Crombie, who finished 53rd at the 2003 NCAA Cross Country Championships, placed 10th at the NCAA's in 2004 to earn All-America honors. Crombie finished in the top 10 of every meet that she competed in, including the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships (second), the BIG EAST Championships (fourth), the Penn State Invitational (seventh) and the Roy Griak Invitational (seventh).
Graduate student Aine Hoban (Wakefield, England), who will begin her first season with the Friars, is expected to make an impact on the team. Hoban has experience at the international level as she competed in the 2003 junior races of the World Cross Country Championships and the European Cross Country Championships.
Junior Meghan Owen (Danielson, Conn.), a transfer from North Carolina, also will bring experience to the team. Owen has competed in two NCAA Cross Country Championships, including a 114th-place finish in 2004. She also finished 24th at the ACC Championships and 30th at the Pre-Nationals.
After overcoming injuries during her first two years at Providence, Katie Twarog (Albany, N.Y.), also a graduate student, has made exceptional progress and will be one of PC's top four runners. She helped the Friars to a third-place finish at the NCAA's in 2004, marking her second appearance at the NCAA's. In addition, she had two top-10 finishes.
Head Coach Ray Treacy will look to his younger athletes to step up and establish themselves among the top seven on the team. Michelle Childs (Cameron, Ontario) and Mary Nelle Trefz (Iowa City, Iowa) will be expected to continue to improve following their freshman seasons. Childs competed in four events during the cross country season. At the BIG EAST Championships, Childs finished 52nd. Trefz competed in three meets , including the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational and the Penn State Invitational.
Freshmen Kate Campbell (Auckland, New Zealand), Katie DiCamillo (Garden City South, N.Y.) and Sarah Morgan (Waikato, New Zealand) also will vie for one of the top seven spots on the team.
Treacy believes that if his team stays healthy and makes progress throughout the season, it will extend its streak of consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA's.