2006 Women's Cross Country Preview

    Aine Hoban will be one of the top runners on the team this season.

    Aine Hoban will be one of the top runners on the team this season.

    Sept. 1, 2006

    Following an impressive 2005 season in which the Providence College women's cross country team finished 16th at the NCAA Championships, the Friars will look to return to the top-10 for the 16th time in 18 years.

    Legendary Head Coach Ray Treacy, who is entering his 23rd season, feels that he has the team that can win the BIG EAST title and battle to be in the top-10 nationally.

    "We're a better team than what we were last year," Treacy said. "We were consistently in the top-10 last year and this year we're a year older and the addition of Danette Doetzel will makeup for the loss of Fiona Crombie."

    Danette Doetzel (Macklin, Saskatchewan), who is entering her sophomore season, will be PC's top runner in 2006. Doetzel, a transfer from Michigan State, competed in the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. and finished 12th to earn All-America honors in her first NCAA Championship race. Doetzel also represented Canada at the 2005 World Junior Cross Country Championships and finished 14th overall.

    Graduate student Aine Hoban (Wakefield, England) and senior Meghan Owen (Danielson, Conn.), who are coming off solid seasons in 2005-06, round out the top three runners.

    Hoban capped off last season by competing in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 8 in Sacramento, Calif. During the cross country season, Hoban earned All-BIG EAST honors as she placed 12th overall. She also finished third among PC runners at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

    Owen also enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2005-06. She ran one of the top three times (4:39.60) nationally in the mile during the indoor track season and competed at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. At the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships, she finished ninth and earned All-BIG EAST accolades. Owen also was the second highest finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

    Treacy also will rely on sophomore Katie DiCamillo (Garden City, N.Y.) who had a solid freshman year.

    "Katie had the best and most consistent freshman year of anyone I've ever had," Treacy said. DiCamillo finished in the top four among PC runners at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and the NCAA Cross Country Championships. She was named to the All-BIG EAST Team for her 15th-place finish.

    According to Treacy, the No. 5 position on the team will be vital. Juniors Michelle Childs (Cameron, Ontario) and Nelle Trefz (Iowa City, Iowa) as well as sophomore Sarah Morgan (Waikato, New Zealand) will battle for the No. 5 spot.

    Childs competed in five cross country meets last year, including the NCAA Championships, the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships and the BIG EAST Championships.

    Trefz battled through injuries during the cross country season, but recovered and competed in both indoor and outdoor track season.

    Morgan also dealt with injuries as she competed in one cross country meet. However, she is expected to be healthy and compete for one of the top five spots on team.

    Freshman Aime Schumacher (Wolcott, Conn.) also will battle for one of the top six spots on the team. She is a three-time New England High School Cross Country Champion.

    The 2006 cross country schedule will be different from years past. PC will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational (Sep. 29) for the first time ever. However, the biggest change on the schedule is October 15, when the Friars compete at the Pre Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.) for the first time ever. Providence opens the season on Sep. 2 at the University of New Hampshire dual meet.

    High expectations are prevalent for the cross country program and such is the case for the 2006 team. Treacy feels he has a solid group of runners who will battle for the BIG EAST title and finish in the top-10 at the NCAA.