Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Ranked In National Polls

Sept. 30, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its first poll of 2009 and both the Providence College men's and women's cross country teams are ranked in the top 20. The women find themselves at No. 12 in the national rankings with 218 points while the Friar men stand at No. 15 in the nation with 183 points. The women's team remains in the same positon from the pre-season poll while the men moved up one spot.

The Friars men and women's cross country teams will both travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, October 2. The women's 5k race is set to start at 4:15 p.m. while the men's 8k race will begin at 5:00 p.m. Many of the nation's top-ranked teams will compete at the Notre Dame Invatational. In the men's competition, the No. 15 Friars will be the top-ranked team. Other ranked teams include No. 20 Butler, No. 22 Washington, No. 24 New Mexico, No. 26 Florida State and host school No. 28 Notre Dame. In the women's competition, the Friars will meet three top-10 teams including No. 1 Washington, No. 3 Florida State and No. 6 Princeton. The Friars also hold the No. 1 ranking in the Northeast.

Both teams kicked off the 2009 season with impressive performances at the New Hampshire Opener on Sunday, September 6 in Durham, N.H. The women earned the top three spots in the race and five of the top six. The Friars were led by freshman Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.) who finished the three-mile course in 16:46. The dominant performance in her first-ever collegiate race earned her BIG EAST Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors. Freshman Samantha Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.) placed second overall in a time of 16:58 and junior Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) finished third in a time of 16:59.



The men had similiar results as they claimed the top four places in the five-mile race led by senior Hayden McLaren's (Christchurch, New Zealand) time of 25:07. Sophomore Dominic Channon (Nelson, New Zealand) finished second overall in 25:09 with junior David McCarthy (Waterford, Ireland) finishing third-overall in 25:10. Sophomore Julian Matthews (Nelson, New Zealand) rounded out the top four with a time of 25:15.
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