Joliet, Ill. – Saint Xavier University senior Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week after finishing second overall and leading the Cougars to a second-place team finish at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Home Opener Saturday at Horsetail Slough course in Palos Heights, Ill. Dean was stellar in her senior year debut competing against a field of NCAA Division I competition. She ran the two-mile coursein 11:34 to finish secondout of 70 runners.
Dean had a 5:48 mile pace to help SXU finish ahead of DePaul University (Ill.), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UIC and Northern Illinois University. Saint Xavier is currently ranked No. 25 in the 2011 NAIA Women's Cross Country Preseason Top 25 Poll.
Saint Xavier heads to Bourbonnais, Ill., on Friday, September 9, to take part in the Midwest Classic at Aspen Ridge Golf Course. The women's race is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.