Men's XC Fifth, Women Sixth, at BIG EAST Meet
Nov. 2, 2013
SOMERS, Wis. - The No. 4 Providence women's cross country team claimed its sixth BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championship and the No. 26 Villanova men won their fifth title on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Somers, Wis. Marquette University hosted the meet for the second time at the course and the first time since 2009.
Providence (28 total places) won a loaded women's field which featured three of the top-seven squads in the country, including No. 3 Georgetown (47 places), whom they outmatched for the team title. League newcomer No. 7 Butler (66 places) placed third on the women's side, while Villanova followed in fourth place with 93 places.
PC was led by women's individual champion Emily Sisson, who set a new course record with a time of 19:49. Teammates Sarah Collins (third, 19:58), Laura Nagel (fourth, 20:21) and Catarina Rocha (seventh, 20:26) all tied or topped the previous 6,000-meter course record of 20:26. The Friars' fifth runner, Grace Thek, placed 13th overall.
The Hoyas placed second as senior Rachel Schneider (20:23) and sophomore Samantha Nadel (20:23) were fifth and sixth, respectively. All of Georgetown's top five placed in the top 15 overall and its top seven were all in the top 19.
The Butler women had their top five among the meet's top 18, led by junior Mara Olson's eighth-place finish in 20:29. Senior Katie Clark placed ninth overall for the Bulldogs in 20:35.
Last season's individual champion, Villanova's Emily Lipari, was unable to defend her crown, but placed second overall in 19:56, while leading the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish.
The Villanova men (36 places) placed their top seven runners in the top 16 of the meet, led by individual champion Patrick Tiernan, a freshman from Toowoomba, Australia. Tiernan won the individual title by almost 10 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in a time of 23:51. Junior Sam McEntee (fourth, 24:17) and sophomore Robert Denault (sixth, 24:18) rounded out the men's top three for the Wildcats, who won their first men's crown since 2011 and fifth overall. Villanova placed fifth at last year's meet.
Sophomore Tom Curr of Butler (61 places) was the men's runner up in 24:03, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish in their first-ever BIG EAST Championship race. Classmate Erik Peterson finished seventh overall in 24:21, while senior Tom Anderson also placed in the top 10 for BU with a ninth-place finish in 24:26.
Providence's Brian Doyle led the Friars (49 places) to a runner-up finish by finishing third in 24:15. PC had its top-five runners all place in the top-19 overall, including a pair in the top 10 (Benjamin Connor (fifth, 24:17) and Julian Sadd (10th, 24:30)) in addition to Doyle.
Georgetown, which was the runner up at last season's meet at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, finished fourth with 76 total places. Senior Andrew Springer led the Hoyas with an eighth-place finish in 24:22 after finishing sixth in 2012.
The host-Marquette men (151 places) notched their highest finish in program history by placing fifth as a squad, ahead of league newcomers Xavier (215 places) and Creighton (224 places).
Men's Team Results
Women's Team Results
Men's All-BIG EAST Runners
Women's All-BIG EAST Runners