Bourbonnais, Ill. - Led by a second-place individual finish by senior Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest), the No. 16 ranked Saint Xavier University women's cross country team won its opening meet of the 2009 season with a first-place showing at the Midwest Classic Cross Country Invitational Friday evening in Bourbonnais, Ill. The Cougars had their top five runners finish among the top 10 finishers in the seven-team meet hosted by Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). ONU finished second as a team behind SXU.
"This was a great way to start our season," said Saint Xavier women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "We have high expectations and a ton of potential. This meet was a great performance for this point of the year, but I am excited to see how each runner progresses and how we grow as a team over the next two months. I am very optimistic given the amount of talent and experience on this squad."
Poull finished the 5K (5,000 meters) race in a time of 19:23.99, senior Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) claimed fifth place overall with a time of 19:37.78. Senior Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) was next across the finish line for SXU in 19:51.47, good enough for a sixth-place showing. Junior Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) earned eighth place for the Cougars with a 20:21.80 clocking, while junior Kelly Malone (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley) also finished among the top 10 in 10th place with a time of 20:23.94. Junior Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) and sophomore Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) rounded out the top seven for SXU finishing 14th (20:38.49) and 22nd place (21:21.98), respectively.
Saint Xavier heads to Normal, Ill., to run at the Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships hosted by Illinois State University at the Weibring Golf Course on Friday, September 18. The women's 5K race is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.Click here for the team results from the Midwest Classic