Providence College Women's Cross Country Ranked Third in the USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

Providence College Director of Track & Cross Country Operations Ray Treacy

Aug. 30, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's cross country team enters the 2011 campaign ranked third in the nation, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason poll released Tuesday, August 30.

On the men's side, the Friars will enter the season 18th in the country.

The Friar women received one first place vote and 333 points, just 25 shy of top-ranked Georgetown, and one point behind second-slated New Mexico. Providence was last ranked in the preseason top three in 2004, when it cemented itself in second.

Providence returns all of its top runners from a 2010 team that placed ninth at the NCAA National Championships. Returners including junior Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.), who placed 12th individually and earned All-American status, senior Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), a second team All-American in indoor track, and freshman Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand) who placed second in the 1,500-meters at the at 2010 ECAC Outdoor Championships.

The Friars also have added sophomore Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.), a transfer from the University of Wisconsin. Sisson was the top harrier for the Badgers last fall, placing 14th at NCAA's to join Greany as an All-American.

The Friar men, who garnered 148 points in the poll, also return all of their top performers from a squad that placed 22nd at the 2010 Nationals. The group includes the defending BIG EAST Cross Country Champion, senior Lee Carey (Bedworth, England). Carey placed 24th at the 2010 NCAA's to earn his first All-America accolade.

Other returners include senior David McCarthy (Waterford, Ireland), a first team All-American in last winter's indoor 3,000-meters, senior Julian Matthews (Nelson, New Zealand), who captured two, Second-Team All-America nods on the track as a junior, and senior Dominic Channon (Nelson, New Zealand), 55th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall.



The Friars will try to continue a remarkable trend, qualifying both teams for the NCAA Championships. Providence has accomplished the feat in 15 of the last 16 autumns. Meanwhile, the Friar women will look to extend their record of 22 consecutive appearances at nationals.

The men and women will begin the 2011 season this Saturday, September 3, at the UNH Invitational in Durham, N.H.

NCAA Division I
2011 Women's Cross Country Preseason National Coaches' Poll

Rank Institution Points 1 Georgetown (11) 358 2 New Mexico(1) 334 3 Providence(1) 333 4 Colorado 324 5 Villanova 308 6 Florida State 278 7 Stanford 276 8 Arizona 242 9 Duke 241 10 Iowa State 236 11 Washington 219 12 North Carolina 203 13 Michigan 198 14 Texas 190 15 Syracuse 172 16 Oregon 156 17 Virginia 144 18 Penn State 134 Boston College 134 20 Texas Tech 129

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I 2011 Men's Cross Country Preseason National Coaches' Poll

Rank Institution Points 1 Oklahoma St.(10) 357 2 Stanford(1) 342 3 Wisconsin(1) 335 4 Oregon 299 5 Iona 292 6 Oklahoma 288 7 Colorado 284 8 Florida State 261 8 Indiana 261 10 Portland 252 11 Princeton 225 12 Northern Arizona 223 13 NC State 222 14 Syracuse 218 15 Arkansas 201 16 BYU 192 17 Villanova 153 18 Providence 148 19 Virginia 134 20 Louisville 131

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