Cross Country Teams Set For BIG EAST Championships

Oct. 28, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's cross country teams will run in the BIG EAST Championships Saturday (October 30). The event, hosted by Syracuse University, will take place at Jamesville Beach Park in Jamesville, N.Y. The six-kilometer women's race is set for 10:30 a.m. The gun goes off for the men's 8K at 11:15 a.m.

The Providence women enter as the 13th-ranked team in the nation, and fresh off a strong, fourth-place showing in the Pre-Nationals two weeks ago. The Friars know, however, the run in upstate New York will be a challenging one. The field will contain three other ranked programs, including number-one Villanova.

"We're obviously going into the most competitive conference meet in the country," said Providence Director of Track and Cross Country Operations, Ray Treacy. "But I think we're as fit as we have been at any stage of the season and that's coming off a really good performance at the Pre-National meet. So I would hope to battle to make top three."

The Friars will be led by two of the nation's top female harriers in sophomore Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.) and junior Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). Greany earned sixth overall at the Pre-Nationals, completing that six-kilometer endeavor in 20:29.3. Davidson crossed in 16th two weeks ago, clocking in at 20:40.4.

"I think both Shelby and Hannah are going to have great races," he said. "Both will be in contention up at the top of the field. How high up? It's a very, very competitive field. Some of the best athletes in the country are in the meet, but I would hope to have two people in the top six or seven."

Like the women's team, the PC men head to Jamesville peaking at the right time. Though the Friars will be contending with a crowded field that includes four nationally-ranked foes, they are ready.

 

 

"The men have been getting better. We knew coming into to the season that we were young, and that we were going to be depending on a lot of freshman and red-shirt freshman, and that they would have to get experience really fast. They're getting the experience and they are as fit right now as they have been all year."

The black-and-white will be led by junior Lee Carey (Bedworth, England). Carey was ninth overall at last year's BIG EAST Championships, and Treacy expects an even faster run Saturday.

"He'll be one of the favorites to win the individual title," the coach explained. "And the other guys are ready to step up."

- Go Friars -

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