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

Oct. 14, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the national rankings today and both the Providence College men's and women's cross country teams are ranked in the top-30. The men stand at No. 16 in the national rankings with 184 points while the Friar women stand at No. 25 in the nation with 95 points. Both teams held their position in the polls for week three. Washington holds the top spot in the women's rankings while the Stanford men sit atop the polls.

The men's cross country team competed at the New England Championships in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, October 10 and placed third in the team standings with a total of 171 points. Leading the way for Providence was sophomore Matt Terry (Danbury, Conn.) who placed 13th in a time of 25:02 and earned All-New England honors. The next runners in for the Friars were senior Mike Anderson (Ajax, Ontario) and sophomore Julian Matthews (Nelson, New Zealand) placing 26th (25:21) and 28th (25:23), respectively. Freshman Ahmed Ali (Boston, Mass.) placed 47th (25:41) and freshman Patrick Desabato (Narberth, Pa.) rounded out the top-five scorers in 57th place (25:48). Next up for the men is the Central Connecticut State Mini Meet held at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Conn. The race is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m.

The women's cross country squad also took part in the New England Championships in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, October 10. Senior Amie Schumacher (Wolcott, Conn.) placed 31st in a time of 19:40 for the 5k course. Junior Christina Conley (Andover, Mass.) placed 43rd (19:57) in a race of 319 competitors. Next up for the women's squad is the Penn State Invitational on October 16 at University Park, Pa. The race is set for 11:00 a.m.



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