posted on: Thursday December 2, 2010
Bridget Stack ’13/ Sports Staff
The season came to a close for the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams as both teams competed in the NCAA Championships. The race took place on Monday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind. The women’s team bested their 11th place finish from last year with a ninth place finish in the race. This finish marked the 17th time in the program’s history that the Lady Friars finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. It was the best team finish for the Lady Friars since 2006. The men’s cross country team finished 22nd out of the 31 teams that competed.
Shelby Greany ’13 led the Lady Friars with a 12th place finish in a sea of 253 runners. Greany crossed the finish line of the six-kilometer race with a time of 29:22.2, earning All-American honors for the first time in cross country. Following Greany across the finish line was Mary Kate Champagne ’12 who, with a time of 21:01, finished 39th. Hannah Davidson ’12 was the next Lady Friar to place, with a 75th place finish in a time of 21:22. Charlotte Ffrench O’Carroll ’12 posted an 85th place finish with a time of 21:29, followed by Emma Perron ’11 who, with a time of 23:28, finished 134th. Samantha Roecker ’13 (143rd, 22:06) and Amie Schumacher ’11 (207th, 23:28) also competed for the Lady Friars. The women’s team posted 343 points in total.
Lee Carey ’12 paced the men’s cross country team with a 24th place finish out of the 246 runners that competed. Carey finished the 10-kilometer race in a time of 30:19.9, earning All-American honors for the first time in his career at Providence. Dominic Channon ’12 crossed the finish line with a 44th place finish in a time of 30:40. Following Channon across the finish line was Julian Matthews ’12 who, with a time of 31:28, finished 107th. Eric Malnati ’13 finished 142nd with a time of 31:54. Matt Terry ’12 rounded out the scoring of the Friars with a 196th place finish with a time of 32:58. Ahmed Ali ’13 (199th, 33:00) and Francis Hernandez ’14 (207th, 35:02) also raced for Providence. The Friars finished with 510 points.
Next year, many of the top runners will be returning for both teams. This was a solid year, and with so many returning, next year looks just as promising. Up next for the Friars is the Indoor Track season, which kicks off on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Fordham Invitational.