BOSTON, MASS. – The Providence College cross country teams competed at the Boston College Battle-in-Beantown Invitational on Friday, Sept. 22. The women claimed the team title in the featured women’s 5,000 meters while the men finished seventh in the featured men’s 8,000 meters.
The Providence women showed their dominance early in the race. Graduate student Catarina Rocha (Peabody, Mass.), senior Brianna Ilarda (Perth, Australia), sophomore Abbey Wheeler (Pine City, N.Y.) and senior Millie Paladino (Morgantown, W. Va.) were all part of the lead pack a mile into the 5,000-meter affair. As the field began to break apart, Rocha, Ilarda, and Wheeler all remained as part of the lead group. Coming out of the Wilderness, the trio made up the majority of the top seven. Rocha would kick home to finish in fourth overall with a time of 17:05, followed by Ilarda in fifth (17:14) and Wheeler in sixth (17:21). Paladino and senior Mackenzie Barry (Mendham, N.J.) rounded out the top five for Providence. Paladino finished 18th (17:39) and Barry took 38th (18:04). The women won the team title with 71 points over Indiana (78 points) and Georgetown (78 points). This is the third season in a row that the women have claimed the team title and the fourth time in five years.
Senior Aaron Hanlon (Drogheda, Ireland) highlighted the men’s 8,000-meter race for Providence with a 24th place finish. Both junior Marcus Karamanolis (Wellington, New Zealand) and junior Michael O’Leary (St. James, N.Y.) had strong races as both moved up in the second half of the race to finish in 32nd and 35th place, respectively.
In the open race, freshman Angus White (New Plymouth, New Zealand) finished third overall in a time of 15:52.
Providence will next race a “B” team at the New England Championships at Franklin Park on Saturday, Oct. 7. Providence’s top team will race at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, Oct. 13.
TOP 10 FINISHERS (WOMEN)
1-Elinor Purrier (UNH) – 16:49
2-Katherine Receveur (Indiana) – 17:03
3-Paige Stoner (Syracuse) – 17:04
4-Catarina Rocha (Providence) – 17:05
5-Brianna Ilarda (Providence) -17:14
6-Abbey Wheeler (Providence) 17:21
7-Heather MacLean (UMASS Amherst) – 17:23
8-Margaret Allen (Indiana) – 17:23
9- Josette Norris (Georgetown) – 17:29
10- Olivia Lantz (Dartmouth) – 17:30
PROVIDENCE FINISHES (WOMEN)
4-Rocha, 5-Ilarda, 6-Wheeler, 18-Paladino, 38-Barry, 45- Katie Lembo, 46- Maria Coffin, 132-Alex DeCicco
WOMEN’S TEAM FINISHES
2- Indiana- 78
3- Georgetown- 78
4- Dartmouth- 132
5- Cornell – 143
TOP 10 FINISHES (MEN)
1- Jesse Reiser (Illinois) – 24:13
2- Jonathan Davis (Illinois)- 24:13
3-Colin Bennie (Syracuse) – 24:14
4-Philo Germano (Syracuse)- 24:14
5-Aidan Tooker (Syracuse)- 24:15
6-Ben Veatch (Indiana)- 24:23
7- Paul Luevana (Boston University) – 24:25
8- Matt Mahoney (Brown)- 24:28
9-Alexander Seal (Boston University) – 24:30
10- Kyle Mau (Indiana) – 24:32
FULL PROVIDNECE FINISHES (MEN)
24-Aaron Hanlon, 32- Marcus Karamanolis, 35- Michael O’Leary, 46-Tom O’Neill, 48-Liam Harris, 53- Austin Scola, 72-David Rosas, 73-Peter Rindfuss
MEN’S TEAM FINISHES
1- Syracuse - 35
2-Illinois - 56
3-Indiana - 106
4-Brown - 117
5- Boston University - 131
6- UMASS Lowell - 166
7-Providence - 180
8-Lehigh - 241
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