Senior Lauren Dentzman qualified in the 1500 meter run and as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team
Senior Lauren Dentzman qualified in the 1500 meter run and as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Mon, May. 2, 2011

Hillsdale, Mich. - A school record and "A" standard qualifying time of 9:21.46 by the Saint Xavier University women's 4x800 meter relay team as well as "B" standard qualifying times by senior Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and junior Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) in the 1500-meter run highlighted an impressive meet for the SXU women's outdoor track and field team at the 45th Annual Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich., this weekend. Dean finished the 1500-meter run in 4:41.12 and Dentzman was right behind her at 4:41.34. The relay team was made up of junior Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic), Dentzman, Dean and senior Kayla Gilbert (Country Club Hills, Ill./Shepard). The relay time beat the previous school record time by 12 seconds and each member of the group ran a personal-best time for their 800-meter splits.

"I could not be more thrilled with the team's performance this weekend," said Saint Xavier University women's track and field coach Lisa Ebel. "I am particularly eager to see how this relay team competes at the national meet in late May, because this is the strongest relay team in our program's history. The most amazing part of this qualification is that each runner ran a personal-best time in each 800."

SXU wraps up its outdoor season on Friday, May 13, at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The 2011 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships begin on Thursday, May 26, at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.