Wed, Mar. 11, 2009 - [Women's Track & Field]
Johnson City, Tenn. - The Saint Xavier University women's track team put an exclamation point on a very successful indoor track season at the 2009 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Johnson City, Tenn. The Cougars had three qualifiers compete at the national event, a relay team and two individuals. It was the most national qualifiers ever in a track season for SXU with the program currently in its third year. Junior Mandy Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), sophomore Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River), sophomore Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) and freshman Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Catholic Central) made up Saint Xavier's distance medley relay (DMR) team that finished 21st overall with a time of 12:53.01. Janosz also competed in the 3,000-meter run for the Cougars finishing 25th overall with a time of 10:51.71, while sophomore Annie Godette (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) claimed 13th place in the 3,000-meter race walk with a time of 17:53.85.
"This was a great way to end our indoor season and gives us a lot of momentum heading into our outdoor season," said SXU women's track coach Lisa Ebel. "Competing at nationals is always a tough experience, because you are going up against all the best competition at your level. Our qualifiers stepped up to the challenge and competed admirably."
The SXU women's track team opens their 2009 outdoor campaign at the Troll Relays hosted by Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, April 1. The meet is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m.