Cross Country Teams Continue Streak of Excellence

Nov. 17, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With the Providence College cross country teams' selection into the NCAA Championships on November 22, the Friars continue a remarkable trend - qualifying both the men and women in 14 of the last 15 seasons. With one exception, the Providence program has represented on both sides of the sport's largest stage consistently since 1995.

""I'm very proud of this group," said PC Director of Track and Cross Country Operations, Ray Treacy. "(Qualifying both teams) is a little bit taken for granted I suppose, but at the same time we strive to be very good at cross country. This is our niche. This is what is expected of the teams when they start training in the beginning of September. We're expected to be at the meet the Monday before Thanksgiving."

This year, the pre-holiday tradition will feature two, nationally-ranked PC squads peaking at the right time, though they have taken two very different paths.

The women, ranked 15th in the latest US Track and Field Coaches Association poll, are preparing for their 22nd straight running at nationals. Providence has been steady from the beginning, placing fifth or better in each of its six meets this Fall. That includes a third place group-effort at the NCAA Northeast Regional last Saturday that was only nine points shy of the victors from Syracuse.

"We haven't had the big performance yet that I hope is there," said Treacy. "We've been solid, but we have one more meet to get that big performance. Hopefully that will come on Monday with this group."

The men on the other hand, currently ranked 24th in the nation, took a different course. The Friars were disappointed in their early season results, but ignited in time for the BIG EAST Championships on October 30. Providence earned a 3rd place conference finish. Led by junior Lee Carey's (Bedworth, England) individual victory, the Friars out-ran three nationally ranked programs to greatly improve their stock for nationals. That resume was further emboldened by a third-place team finish in the Northeast Regionals on Saturday.

 

 

"The training is showing now at this stage," the coach explained. "We've had no breaks in training and, usually, when you have no breaks in training for injuries or illness the team is really good. It just took a us a long time to translate that good training into good races."

The NCAA Championship races on November 22 will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women's championship is scheduled to start at 12:08 p.m. The gun goes off for the men at 12:48 p.m. - Go Friars -

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