BIG EAST Cross Country Notebook- Sept. 30

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Only four BIG EAST cross country teams competed last week, but numerous teams will race this weekend. BIG EAST teams will be represented at the Notre Dame Invitational, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, the Paul Short Invitational, the All-Ohio meet, the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational and the Greater Louisville Classic. The BIG EAST Cross Country Championship will be held Oct. 30 at Jamesville County Beach Park in Jamesville, N.Y., hosted by Syracuse.
 
Cincinnati: The Bearcats had last week off to rest. Both teams will compete in the All-Ohio meet in Cedarville, Ohio on Oct. 1.
 
Connecticut: The Connecticut women ran in a pair of races last week on Sept. 25, placing 15th at the Roy Griak Invitational and third at the CCSU Ted Owen Invitational. Freshman Allison Lasnicki continued the hot start to her collegiate career as she led the Huskies with a 65th-place showing at the Roy Griak Invitational. Lasnicki has been in Connecticut's top two finishers in the three races in which she has competed.
 
Sophomore Kristen Malloy led the other half of the Connecticut women's team at the Ted Owen Invitational with a second-place finish, crossing the line with a time of 18:20.
 
The women are off this weekend but will compete at the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. on Oct. 9.
 
The men's side did not compete last weekend and will also rest this week as they get ready for the New England Championships on Oct. 9.
 
DePaul: DePaul did not compete last week. Both the men's and women's teams will next compete on Oct. 2 at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, Ill.
 
Georgetown: Georgetown men's and women's squads did not compete last weekend. Both teams will next race at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., hosted by Lehigh University on Oct. 1. Currently, the women rank No. 6 and the men rank No. 24 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll.
 
Louisville: The University of Louisville men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Greater Louisville Classic. The men's 8,000-meter race begins at 9:30 a.m., with the women's 5,000-meter race following at 10:15 a.m. The event, which is held in Louisville, is hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission.
 
Last year, the men's squad took first out of a 38-team field. The top finishers for the men were then-junior Matt Bruce (fifth) and then-senior Cory Thorne (sixth). On the women's side, Louisville placed third out of a 35-team field. Then-senior Tarah McKay was the team's top-finisher in second, while then-junior Kim Grieshaber took seventh.
 
Both squads did not compete last weekend. The men are currently ranked No. 7 in the USTFCCCA Southeast Region.
 
Marquette: The Golden Eagles rested last week as both the men's and women's teams get ready for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 2 in Madison, Wis., while a few athletes will go to the Carthage College Invite.
 
Notre Dame: Notre Dame took last week to rest in preparation for the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 2. There are a total of 48 schools bringing either their men's or women's teams to the event. Fourteen of the teams are ranked among the USTFCCCA national top 30. The Irish women enter the week ranked No. 30.
 
Among the men's elite field are No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 Alabama, No. 14 Villanova, No. 16 New Mexico, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 21 Florida State, No. 27 Butler and No. 30 UCLA. Highlighting the women's side will be No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Washington, No. 5 Oregon, No. 8 Princeton, and No. 12 New Mexico.
 
Last year, the men finished 16th while the women took 10th. Washington claimed the team title on both the men's and women's side in 2009.
 
Pittsburgh: Both the Panthers' men's and women's teams will compete at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 1 hosted by Lehigh. Senior Teddy Miller will lead the way for the men, looking to build on his third-place finish at the Bucknell, Duquesne and Pittsburgh tri-meet on Sept. 18. Freshman Elesia Wilson will lead the women. She was the top finisher for the Panthers at the tri-meet on Sept. 18.
 
Providence: The Friar women placed fifth of 29 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 25. The team totaled 139 points, with first-place Arizona finishingwith 76. Sophomore Shelby Greany was the team's top finisher, placing fifth in a time of 21:09.2, just 31 seconds behind the winner. Freshman Lauren Nagle also landed in the top ten, placing 10th with a 21:23.0. Junior Mary Kate Champagne was 30th with a time of 21:49.9, while 2009 all-American junior Hannah Davidson finished 35th.
 
The Friar women next compete in the New England championships on Oct. 9 in Boston, Mass.
 
The Friar men did not compete last week. They will compete on Oct. 2 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis.
 
Rutgers:Both the Rutgers men and women had last week off. The women next will be in action on Oct. 1 at the Paul Short Invitational. The men have another week off until racing on Oct. 8 at the Metropolitan Championships.
 
St. John's: The Red Storm had last week off to rest as they get set to compete in the 6k Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 1.
 
Seton Hall:Both the men's and women's Seton Hall cross country teams finished third at the Asics/Embry Riddle Classic on Sept. 25. Sophomore Hughnique Rolle continue to lead the women, placing seventh individually with a time of 20:33. Senior Alexandra Hehn took eighth, crossing the line in 20:39.
 
Sophomore Jared Hanko completed the 8k race in 28:31 to finish 14th and lead the men's side. Classmate Dwight Parker was not too far behind, placing 18th in 29:18.  
 
The Pirates will have this weekend off in preparation for the Metropolitan Championships on Oct. 8 in the Bronx, N.Y.
 
USF: The Bulls had last week off, but will be in action at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 1.
 
Syracuse: The Orange did not compete last week, but both the men's and women's teams are set to take part in the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 2. Both the men and women enter the week ranked No. 11 in the national poll. Last year at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, sophomore Tito Medrano led the men's side with a third-place finish in a time of 23:56. Junior Katie Hursey clocked the best time for the women, finishing seventh with a time of 17:26.
 
Villanova: The Villanova men's and women's teams both took first in their season-opening meet at the Main Line Invitational on Sept. 23. The women took the top-six spots to record a perfect score. Senior Amanda Marino won the three-mile race with a time of 16:48.1. Marino and junior Bogdana Mimic crossed the finish line together with nearly identical times. Mimic registered a time of 16:48.58.
 
The women, who are ranked No. 1 in the country, will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1, as they get set for some stiff competition, including the two teams the Wildcats beat out at last year's NCAA Championship - Florida State and Washington.
 
Senior Carl Mackenzie took first for the men's side at the Main Line Invitational, completing the four-mile race with a time of 19:53.13. Junior Matt Kane followed in second with a time of 19:53.37 and junior Matthew Mildenhall finished third.
 
The 14th-ranked men will also head to the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1. The team will be up against seven other teams in the USTFCCCA top 30 including No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 Alabama, No. 16 New Mexico, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 21 Florida State, No. 27 Butler and No. 30 UCLA.
 
West Virginia: No. 18 West Virginia has had the last two weeks off to rest. Mountaineer coach Sean Cleary announced last week that seniors Kaylyn Christopher, Jessica O'Connell and Kate Harrison will redshirt the 2010 senior. Senior Maria Dalzot, juniors Ahna Lewis and Sarah-Anne Brault and sophomore Katie Gillespie and Hallie Portner are expected to hold significant leadership roles for the remainder of the season. The Mountaineers will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1. It is the third race of the year for West Virginia. The squad finished first at the WVU Invitational on Sept. 4 and third at the BIG EAST Previous on Sept. 11.