Women's Cross Country Captures NCAA Northeast Regional Title

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BRONX, N.Y. – The Providence College women’s cross country team captured the 2016 NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. today (Nov. 11).  For the women, it was the team’s fourth NCAA Northeast Regional title in the last five years (2015 1st, 2014 2nd, 2013 1st, and 2012 1st).  The Friars scored 50 points, and placed first of 37 teams, as they had three runners in the top seven and easily defeated second-place Harvard (71 points) over the 6K course.  With the victory the Friars earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Nov. 19.  It will mark the team’s 27th appearance at the NCAAs in the last 28 years.

The women’s team was led by graduate student Sarah Collins (Basel, Switzerland) as she placed fourth in a time of 20:21.12.  Junior Brianna Ilarda (Perth, Australia) and junior Millie Paladino (Morgantown, W.Va.) also finished in the top seven for the Friars.  Ilarda was fifth (20:29.94) and Paladino placed seventh (20:38.92).  Rounding out the scoring for Providence was freshman Abbey Wheeler (Pine City, N.Y.) and junior Katie Lembo (Penfield, N.Y.).  Wheeler was 16th (20:54.45) and Lembo was 18th (20:58.27). Collins, Ilarda, Paladino, Wheeler and Lembo all earned All-Region Honors for finishing in the top 25.

“Business as usual for the women’s team,” said Coach Ray Treacy. “Now on to the NCAA’s and the race they have been aiming for all year. To have all five scorers make the All-Region team is a good indicator of the team’s strength”.  

The Friar men’s squad finished fourth of 35 teams as graduate student Julian Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand) was the team’s top finisher, placing sixth in a time of 30:40.32. Senior Hugh Armstrong (Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland) and graduate student Stephen Robertson (Wakefield, Mass.)  also had strong races, finishing in 13th (30:49.78) and 24th (31:17.94), respectively. Oakley, Armstrong and Robertson all earned All-Region Honors for their top 25 finishes. The top two teams at each NCAA Regional Championship earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.  The Friar men’s squad will hope to earn an at-large bid, which will be announced on Saturday, November 12.

Other scorers for the men’s team on the 10K course were senior Trevor Crawley (Cumberland, R.I.) and junior Aaron Hanlon (Drogheda, Ireland). Crawley was 29th (31:29.54) and Hanlon was 38th (31:36.85).

“The upfront running of our three seniors was the difference maker today,” said Coach Treacy. “I’m delighted for them that their All-Region performances should get the team an At-Large berth to NCAA’s next Saturday (Nov. 19)”.

The Friar’s final race of the season will be on Nov. 19 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terra Haute, Ind.


Friar Women’s Placements: 4- Sarah Mary Collins- 20:22.00, 5- Brianna Ilarda- 20:30.80, 7- Millie Paladino- 20:39.90, 16- Abbey Wheeler- 20:55.50, 18- Katie Lembo- 20:59.20, 47- Mackenzie Barry- 21:34.10, 53- Keelin Hollowood- 21:44.30

Women’s Team Finishes: 1-Providence- 50 points, 2- Harvard- 71 points, 3- Yale – 126 points, 4 Dartmouth- 167 points, 5- Cornell- 177 points, 6- Columbia – 200 points, 7- Brown- 208 points, 8- Syracuse- 256 points, 9- Iona – 289 points, 10- Stony Brook- 314 points

Friar Men’s Placements: 6- Julian Oakley- 30:40.32, 13- Hugh Armstrong- 30:49.78, 24- Stephen Robertson – 31:17.94, 30- Trevor Crawley- 31:29.54, 39- Aaron Hanlon- 31:36.85, 54- Nick Carleo- 31:55.82, 85- Tom O’Neill- 32:21.40

Men’s Team Finishes: 1- Syracuse- 29 points, 2- Iona- 65 points, 3-Dartmouth -108 points, 4- Providence- 109 points, 5- Columbia- 112 points, 6- Cornell- 252,7- Brown- 257 points, 8- Buffalo- 300 points, 9- Yale- 313 points, 10- Boston University- 338 points



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