Women's Cross Country Sets Sights On BIG EAST Title

Sisson will look to lead the Friars on Saturday.

Nov. 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 4 Providence College women's cross country team travels to Kenosha, Wis. to compete at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships. Nine Friars will represent Providence at the meet. The 6k race will kick off at 11:50 a.m. CT at the Dannehl National Cross Country Course.

The top nine runners to represent Providence are seniors Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.), Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand), Grace Thek (Melbourne, Australia) and Erin Murphy (Easton, Mass.), along with sophomores Sarah Mary Collins (Basel, Switzerland), Molly Keating (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Kathleen Powell (Wrentham, Mass.) as well as freshmen Catarina Rocha (Peabody, Mass.) and Bryanna Allison(Lowell, Mass.).

The women will take on No. 3 Georgetown and No. 7 Butler, along with Creighton, DePaul, St. John's, Marquette, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. Georgetown and Providence will race each other for the first time this season as the two have roped in three and four wins on the season, respectively.

Providence last claimed the BIG EAST Cross Country title in 2006, when that team had four top-10 finishers to capture the program's fifth BIG EAST title. The last individual Friar to win the title was in 2005, when Fiona Crombie`05 took the title for Providence.

This season, the Friars are led by Sisson, Collins and Nagel. The trio has helped capture three of the Friars' wins as well as turn in a third place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (Oct. 19). The trio has been the top-three scorers for the Friars in every race they have competed in this season.

Sisson has led the Friars with three, top finishes for Providence, including two first-place finishes. Last time out, Sisson ran to a second-place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational. Collins and Nagel have each claimed the second scoring position for the Friars twice this season.

Last Ten Years At The BIG EAST Championship 
2012 - 3rd [Collins (2), Nagel (11), Keating (38), Murphy (53)]
2011 - 2nd [Sisson (4), Nagel (6), Thek (32), Murphy (61)]
2010 - 4th
2009 - 5th
2008 - 4th
2007 - 2nd
2006 - 1st
2005 - 2nd
2004 - 1st
2003 - 2nd

"We are excited to start the championship season with one of the tougher meets of the year," Head Coach Ray Treacyshared. "We feel the women have a strong chance to win and we are going to give it our best shot."

Follow the Friars progress through their twitter page @FriarsXCTrack. Also check flotrack.org for more information along with post race interviews and conference results.




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