Providence captures Paul Short Invite
Big East teams sweep top four spots in team standings
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- No. 3 Providence outraced 44 other programs to take home the title at the 38th-annual Paul Short Invitational.
The last time the Friars won the prestigious event, hosted by Lehigh at the Goodman Campus Course, was 1995, the same year they went on to win the NCAA championship.
Providence took four of the top 12 spots despite a huge field of 396 runners. The Friars' team score of 101 points was three better than the second-place team, Big East rival and defending national champions, Villanova's 104-point output.
Providence was paced by sophomore Emily Sisson. The 2010 All-American completed the 6-kilometer race in third place overall. Her time of 20:20 was 10 seconds off the overall winner, Mimi Bogdana of Villanova.
Sisson's classmate Laura Nagel was close behind, clocking in at 20:36 to place sixth overall, just ahead of the ninth-place effort of senior Hannah Davidson and her result of 20:51. Another 2010 All-American, junior Shelby Greany, finished 12th overall in 20:57 to complete the Friars grip at the top of the field.
Sophomore Grace Thek rounded out the scoring for PC, checking in at 21:49 at 71st overall.