Nov. 22, 2004
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The second-ranked Providence women's cross country team finished third (164 points) at the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 22 at the Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. behind Colorado (63 points) and Duke (144 points). Friar senior Kim Smith (Auckland, New Zealand) finished in first-place to win the NCAA women's individual title in a time of 20:09. Junior Fiona Crombie (Christchurch, New Zealand) joined Smith among the top-10 individual finishers (seventh) and claimed All-America honors.
Smith becomes the first female in Providence College history to win the NCAA cross country title, and just the second runner all-time a PC to accomplish the feat. Keith Kelly '02 won PC's only other NCAA individual title in cross country on November 20, 2000 in Ames, Iowa. Prior to Smith's victory at the cross country championship, she won three NCAA individual titles in indoor track (5,000 meters and 3,000 meters) and outdoor track (5,000 meters) during the 2003-04 season. Her four NCAA individual championships are the most by any runner at Providence, men or women, in cross country and track and field history. Amy Rudolph '95 won two NCAA titles during the 1993-94 season in indoor track (mile run) and outdoor track (1,500 meters). Smith finished second at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2003.
"I wanted to go out hard from the gun, and after the first mile relax a bit," Smith said. "That's what I did and I'm very happy with the results."
Providence has finished 10th or better as a team in 15 of 16 trips to the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 1989, including each of its last six appearances. The Friars won the NCAA crown in 1995. The team has finished out the top-10 just once in program history (1998, 14th). PC has finished fifth place or better at the NCAA Championship six times since 1989.
Crombie was the second PC runner to cross the finish line in seventh place with a time of 20:45. For her performance, she earned All-America honors for the first time in her career. Senior Deirdre Byrne (Wicklow, Ireland) finished 30th in a time of 21:16. Senior Mary Cullen (Sligo, Ireland) placed 47th in a time of 21:41 and senior Katie Twarog (Albany, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring list with a 79th-place finish in a time of 22:03. Junior Jane Nalder (Wellington, New Zealand) placed 88th (22:11) and senior Roisin Quinn (Waterford, Ireland) finished 208th (24:25).
"They really rose to the occasion again," Head Coach Ray Treacy said. "Even with Mary running under-par with the injury she suffered, they ran fantastic. I could not have asked for anything more.
NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP Top-10 Finishers
1. Kimberly Smith PC 20:09 2. Renee Metevier Colorado 20:26 3. Caroline Bierbaum Columbia 20:30 4. Laura Turner BYU 20:37 5. Carol Henry UNC 20:41 6. Marina Muncan Villanova 20:42 7. Fiona Crombie PC 20:45 8. Danette Doetzel MSU 20:47 9. Liza Pasciuto Colorado 20:48 10. Christine Bolf Colorado 20:48
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS (Top 10 of 31) 1. Colorado 63 2. Duke 144 3. Providence 164 4. Notre Dame 170 5. Stanford 175 6. Michigan 246 7. Villanova 277 8. BYU 293 9. Arizona State 333 10. North Carolina 336
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