Elmhurst, Ill. - Paced by an outstanding collegiate debut by freshman Alyssa Driscoll (Marion, Iowa/Xavier), the No. 16 ranked Saint Xavier University women's cross country team finished second out of 12 teams this past weekend at the Elmhurst Earlybird Invitational in Elmhurst, Ill. Driscoll finished third overall in the 4K (4,000 meters) event with a time of 15:14 to lead the Cougars to the second-place finish behind only NCAA Division I foe University of Chicago. Junior Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) also recorded a top 10 individual finish for SXU by placing sixth overall with a time of 15:22.
The top seven runners for Saint Xavier University all finished the race within 58 seconds of one another, which demonstrates the strength of this young team. Junior Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) was the third Cougar to cross the finish line at the Elmhurst Invite taking 12th place with a time of 15:44, while junior Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and sophomore Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) took 14th and 19th place with times of 15:50 and 16:08, respectively. In her first ever cross country race, freshman Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Catholic Central) ran well finishing sixth for SXU and 21st overall with a time of 16:10. Rounding out the top seven for Saint Xavier was sophomore Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) in 22nd place at 16:12.
"To me, the thrill of running cross country is to be able to compete as a team and our squad showed how strong they can be together," said SXU third-year women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "Considering this is our first meet of the season, I cannot wait to see how this team develops as the season progresses. We have the potential to have a great season."
Saint Xavier continues its schedule on Saturday, September 6, at Montrose Harbor in Chicago by competing in the Ted Hedstrand Invitational hosted by North Park University (Ill.). The 5K (5,000 meters) event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.Click here for meet results