Bourbonnais, Ill. - With sophomore Jacina Sims
(Park Forest, Ill./Rich East) voted the "Outstanding Runner of the Meet," the Saint Xavier University women's track team rode six first-place finishes to a second-place team finish at the inaugural Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Outdoor Track Championships on Saturday, April 17, in Bourbonnais, Ill. Sims won the 100-meter dash (12.67) and 200-meter dash (26.39) as well as running the third leg of the winning 4x100 meter relay (51.11).
Other conference champion performances for the Cougars at the meet included: senior Amy Poull
(Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) winning the 5,000-meter (5K) run with a time of 18:07.06, senior Lauren Dentzman
(Lemont, Ill./Lemont) taking first in the 1500-meter run with a 4:45.65 clocking and the 4x800 meter relay taking the top spot with a time of 9:50.18. Making up the 4x800 relay were senior Mandy Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), junior Kayla Gilbert
(Country Club Hills, Ill./Shepard), junior Kelly Malone
(Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley) and junior Dana Eppley
(Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard). Joining Sims on the championship 4x100 meter relay were sophomore Ijeoma Ibe
(Park Forest, Ill./Rich East), sophomore Krista Olenek
(Algonquin, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) and sophomore Brittany Jackson
(Aurora, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest). All first-place finishers at the conference meet were awarded all-conference recognition, including all members of the relays.
"Having six different first-place finishers is an impressive feat, especially considering it gave us 10 all-conference honorees," said SXU women's track and field coach Lisa Ebel
. "It was a great experience to compete just against our conference opponents and I think it gives our team a lot of motivation in preparation for the national meet in May."
Saint Xavier competed at the Gina Relays hosted by Hillsdale College (Mich.) this past weekend. The Cougars head to Champaign, Ill., on Friday, April 30, to run at the University of Illinois Invitational.Click here for the CCAC meet results