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Providence Athletics | September 28, 2013

No. 1 Providence blasts by reigning champs

BOSTON, Mass. -- Providence claimed three of the top-five spots to earn its third win of the 2013-14 cross country season. The Friars knocked off reigning national champions and No. 3 Oregon at the Boston College Invitational at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., Friday.

The Friars saw senior Emily Sisson earn a first place finish with a season-best time of 16:51.0 in the 5k race. It was Sisson's second first-place finish of the season and her third top-two finish. Classmate Laura Nagel finished on the heels of Sisson in second place with a season-best time of 16:58.0.

Sophomore Sarah Mary Collins was the third Friar to finish. Collins earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 17:07.0. Following Collins was freshman Catarina Rocha with a seventh place finish (17:28.0), her second top-10 finish of the season.

The final scoring Friar to cross the finish line was senior Erin Murphy, with a 36th place finish with a time of 18:09.0.

Freshman Bryanna Allison was the next Friar to cross the finish line with a time of 18:40.0 at 56th. Sophomore Molly Keating finished behind Allison with a time of 18:51.0 for a 62nd place finish. Classmate Lauren Mullins earned a 65th place finish with a time of 18:54.0.

The final Friars to cross the finish line were sophomore Kathleen Powell, senior Jackie McCarthy, senior Elizabeth DeVivo, sophomore Katie Sischo and senior Molly McCann.

Powell finished 73rd with a time of 19:07.0, while McCarthy earned a 76th place finish in a time of 19:19.0. DeVivo was the next Friar to finish the race with a 89th place finish in a time of 19:50.0. Sischo and McCann were the final Friars to finish. Sischo finshed 91st with a time of 19:51.0 and McCann was 96th with a time of 21:09.0.

Providence finished the race with 50 points, 35 less than the second-place team, Oregon (85 points). No. 9 Cornell was third with 101 points and 24th-ranked Boston College earned a fourth place finish with 110 points. Overall Providence was one of 14 teams that competed in the race that marked the start of the qualifying period for teams to start collecting points for the Division I Cross Country National Championships to be held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23.

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