Nov. 23, 2013
Providence NCAA Championship Highlights
After a runner-up finish last year, the Providence College women's cross country team won the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championship with a team score of 141 points. Three other BIG EAST squads finished among the top 19. Butler landed in third place and Georgetown placed fifth. Villanova was 19th.
On the men's side, Providence was the highest finishing BIG EAST team at 16th. Villanova was 18th. Both races were held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terry Haute, Ind.
Senior Emily Sisson was the highest Providence individual finisher, placing seventh with a time of 20:17.5 in the 6,000-meter race. Among BIG EAST runners, Villanova's Emily Lipari was the highest finisher, taking fifth in a time of 20:10.8.
The Friars were also led by senior Laura Nagel who was 27th with a time of 20:38.8. Sophomore Sarah Mary Collins placed 39th with a time of 20:44.9.
Butler's third-place finish was helped by junior Mara Olson leading the way. She was 26th with a time of 20:37.7. Georgetown's top finisher was sophomore Samantha Nadel, who took 47th in 20:51.2.
The national championship was the second for Providence. The Friars also won in 1995. Head coach Ray Treacy is in his 30th year leading the PC program.
The Providence men were paced by junior Shane Quinn who finished 42nd with a time of 30:47.8. The highest individual finisher from a BIG EAST school was Villanova freshman Patrick Tiernan, who covered the 10,000 meters in 30:15.7 and placed ninth overall. Junior Sam McEntee was 27th at 30:36.7.