MADISON, Conn. – No. 20 Providence won the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday at Hammonassett State Park, outrunning 37 other teams.
Four out of five of the Friars’ top finishers placed in the top 10 in the field of 253 runners. Freshman Sarah Mary Collins finished second overall in a time of 19:55.3, behind the race-winner from Dartmouth, Abbey D’Agostino.
Shortly after Collins, junior Laura Nagel, junior Emily Sisson and senior Shelby Greany crossed the finish line.
Nagel, who finished sixth at last year’s event, finished fourth this year with a time of 20:00.08. Sisson finished her first race of the season, contributing to the team’s low score with a sixth place finish (20:01.7). Greany finished eighth (20:13.3), which was an improvement of 13 places from the race last year. Rounding out the scoring for Providence was junior Grace Thek who finished 26th in a time of 20:43.5.
The team finished with 46 points, which was 21 points ahead of No. 16 Connecticut, who finished second, and 72 points ahead of No. 8 Cornell, who finished third. Cornell was the top team in the region, but finished one spot shy of an automatic bid to the national race.