Steve Binns, a 21-year-old freshman from Yorkshire, England, set a meet record of 23 minutes 52.5 seconds, leading Providence College to its first title ever in the 73rd IC4A cross country championships today at Van Cortlandt Park.

Binns, a business major, took command after two miles and ran away from the field of 141, crossing the finish line 75 yards ahead of Sosthenes Bitock of Richmond and Providence teammate Geoff Smith of Liverpool, England. Both runners were clocked in 24:03, but Kenyan Bitock was awarded second place. Alan Scharsu of Penn State was fourth at 24:10, followed by Pat Peterson of Manhattan, 24.19.

Providence, which placed five runners in the top 13, had 35 points, followed by Penn State, 96; defending champion Bucknell, 100, and Georgetown, 169. George Mason was ninth at 210.

Georgetown was led by freshman Fran McConville's 17th-place finish.

McConville finished in 24:56, three seconds faster than Georgetown's second-best runner, John Gregorek, who finished 20th. Gregorek, considered among the favorites, was suffering from a sore foot injured three days after he won the Big East Conference individual championship on Oct. 24.

Kevin King, another Hoya freshman, finished 32nd in 25:23. Senior Phil Reilly finished 41st in 25:35 and junior John Sullivan was 63rd in 26:3.