Joliet, Ill. -Continuing her dominating presence in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), Saint Xavier University junior Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) gained her fourth CCAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award Tuesday when the honor was released by the conference office. The talented SXU runner was one of the top finishers at Loyola University's prestigious Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational at Chicago's Montrose Harbor Saturday afternoon. Dean ran an impressive time of 18:21 in the 5K (5,000 meters) race to finish 15th overall in a field of 511 runners.
Dean was the third NAIA runner to cross the finish line and was ahead of several NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA competitors. As a team, Saint Xavier finished 24th of 41 teams at the meet. Her time of 18:21 was a personal-best in the event.
Saint Xavier continues its season on Friday, October 8, with the Bethel College (Ind.) Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The women's race starts at 5 p.m. (central) at Saint Patrick's Golf Course in South Bend.