Mon, Nov. 6, 2006 - [Women's Cross Country]
Bourbonnais, Ill. - Led by an eighth-place overall finish by freshman Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest), the Saint Xavier University women's cross country team finished second overall at the 2006 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Cross Country Championships Saturday in Bourbonnais, Ill. The Cougars finished fourth overall (121 points) in the NAIA Region VII standings Saturday. With her stellar finish and time of 19:44.19 on the 5,000-meter (5K) course, Poull qualified to participate in the 2006 NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, November 18, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Also finishing Saturday for SXU were: freshman Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) in 15th place with a time of 20:09.82, freshman Laura Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) was next at No. 27 with a 20:40.34 clocking, freshman Megan Syring (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) in 35th place overall at 21:03.95, sophomore Alison Schultz (Tinley Park, Ill./Bradley University) was No. 48 with a time of 21:34.33, sophomore Marianne Lopez (Chicago, Ill./Washington) napped the No. 52 spot at 21:43.93, and junior Jessica Mossuto (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) rounded out the Cougar runners Saturday in 66th place with a time of 22:40.94. Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) won both the conference and region meet with 20 total points, while Mount Mercy College (Iowa) and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) finished second and third, respectively, in the region results.
"Amy ran the best race of her season and it was her best time ever," said SXU women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "I knew she really wanted to qualify for the national meet when she came through the mile in 5:59, which is 9 to 15 seconds faster than usual. Amy never let up and ran an incredible race. Her accomplishment is even more impressive considering this is the first season she has ever competed in cross country." This was the final team meet of the season for Saint Xavier. Poull will compete individually at the NAIA National Championships on Saturday, November 18, with the women's 5K race scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (eastern) in Louisville.