Mon, Sep. 8, 2008 - [Women's Cross Country]
CHICAGO - Behind a first-place individual finish by junior Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont), the No. 16 ranked Saint Xavier University women's cross country team captured a first-place tie with NCAA Division III powerhouse University of Chicago (Ill.) Saturday at the Ted Hedstrand Invitational hosted by North Park University (Ill.) at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. The Cougars had 29 points as a team along with the Maroons. However, SXU technically finished second in the team standings due to a tie-breaking policy, which awards the team with the fastest sixth runner (top five runners for each team are used to determine the team score) with the higher place. Due to an error in course markings, the Cougars ran roughly a 5.3-kilometer race instead of the projected 5-kilometer distance. For this reason, times will not be recorded in this release.
The top seven runners for Saint Xavier University were: Dentzman in first place, freshman Alyssa Driscoll (Marion, Iowa/Xavier) in third place, junior Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) in fifth place, sophomore Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) in seventh place, junior Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) in 13th place, freshman Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Catholic Central) in 14th place, and sophomore Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) in 18th place. The race had 66 total participants from eight collegiate teams.
"Despite the problems with the course markings and times, this was a great meet for both Lauren and our team," said SXU women's cross country/track coach Lisa Ebel. "We looked much stronger than we did a week ago and I think this was good preparation for our next meet in two weeks at Illinois State University, where the competition will be fierce."
Saint Xavier heads to Normal, Ill., on Friday, September 19, to take part in the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Illinois State University. The women's race is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start.