CHICAGO - A personal-best time and a record-setting performance at the Bethel College (Ind.) Cross Country Invitational has earned Saint Xavier University senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) her second Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Female Cross Country Runner of the Week award when it was announced by the league office Tuesday morning. Shares turned in a huge race on Friday beating her previous best 5K time by 10 seconds in setting a new course record of 18:21 at the meet.
Shares' first-place individual finish enabled the Cougars to place third overall in the meet behind only NAIA No. 14 ranked Aquinas College (Mich.) and Indiana Wesleyan University, which is receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll. SXU is among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll. Shares also claimed the weekly honor last month during the period of September 3-9.
Saint Xavier wraps up its regular season meet schedule on Saturday, October 20, at the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. The women's race is scheduled for a noon (eastern) start.