Cross Country Teams Ready for Crucial NCAA Regionals

Nov. 12, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's cross country teams will run in the NCAA Northeast Regionals Saturday, November 13, at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn. The Friar women's 6-kilometer race is starts at noon. The gun goes off for the men's 10K at 1:15 p.m.

At stake will be the right to run in the NCAA Championships, held this year on Monday, November 22, in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams to place in the Northeast Regionals, and the other eight regionals around the country, will receive automatic berths in the national championship. Additionally, 13 at-large bids will be handed out around the country.

The 14th-ranked Providence women, who enter Saturday's run in Connecticut as one of the favorites, will send their top seven runners to the starting line for the first time this season. That includes sophomore Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.), who led the Friars to a second-place team finish in last year's Northeast Regionals by grabbing second individually. Also back will be junior Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), who grabbed fifth a year ago, and freshman Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand), who earned tenth in the crowded Roy Griak Invitational field in her first collegiate run on September 25.

"They've done enough during the season to get an at-large," Providence Director of Track and Cross Country Operations Ray Treacy said of the Friar women. "That takes a lot of pressure off them. But at the same time we want to go in there and run hard and get some momentum going into NCAA's. I feel it's important we run well at regionals every year. The goal will be to go in and try to win the meet."

The trip to Madison will be even more vital to the 28th-ranked PC men. The team has peaked at the right time, led by junior Lee Carey (Bedworth, England), the BIG EAST individual champion two weeks ago. But though the Friars are coming off a tremendous, 3rd-place team effort at the BIG EAST's, when they outran three other nationally ranked foes, there is no guarantee of an at-large berth. Further complicating matters, the regional run will feature two top-ten opponents in Iona and Syracuse. The Gaels and Orange are favored to snatch up the Northeast's automatic bids, which would leave the black-and-white squarely on the bubble.



"We just want to keep the momentum going from BIG EAST, have another good performance, and if that's good enough to get into nationals, great," said Treacy. "If not, we'll walk away happy that a lot of people have gotten a lot of good experience from the year. We'll be adding (red-shirting senior ) David McCarthy to this team next year without losing anybody, and the experience that the younger kids have gotten will really help us.

"It would be nice to get the experience of an NCAA meet as well, so we're going to go out and give it the best shot."

- Go Friars -

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