Women's Cross Country - Tue, Feb. 24, 2009
Romeoville, Ill. - Saint Xavier University junior Mandy Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) recorded a NAIA-qualifying and school record time of 10:39.79 in the 3000-meter run Saturday afternoon at the Dick Pond Invitational hosted by Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. Janosz will now compete in the 3000-meter run as well as the mile leg of the distance medley relay (DMR) at the 2009 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, March 6, in Johnson City, Tenn. In addition, SXU indoor women's track coach Lisa Ebel was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year when the honor was released by the conference office Monday.

"Mandy had a sensational race at Lewis and has improved with each competition," said Ebel. "Last fall, she ended her cross country season with a 40-second personal best time at the national meet. Since then, she has set personal bests in the indoor 800, mile and 3,000. As excited as I am about Mandy's upcoming performances at the indoor national meet, I am even more excited to see what she is capable of when our outdoor season begins in April."

The SXU women's track team wraps up its indoor season at next week's 2009 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which begins on Thursday, March 5. In addition to Janosz, the Cougars will also have sophomore Annie Godette (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) competing in the 3000-meter race walk as well as freshman Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Catholic Central), sophomore Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River), sophomore Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) and Janosz participating in the DMR.