Channahon, Ill. - The Saint Xavier University women's cross country squad finished in third place out of the 12 teams that competed at the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 3, at Channahon Community Park in Channahon, Ill. Senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) led the way for the Cougars finishing in sixth overall in the 5,000-meter (5K) race with a personal-best time of 17:44.44. Junior Jordan Wallace (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) took 17th place overall finishing in a time of 18:29.23. Both Shares and Wallace qualified for the 2012 NAIA National Cross Country Championships after their finishes in the race Saturday. Shares was also named to the all-conference team due to her sixth-place finish.
Freshman Dana Martin (Chicago, Ill./Marist) finished in 31st place overall with a time of 18:58.98. Junior Anna Galvez (Glenview, Ill./Oakton CC/Maine East) and freshman Christa Pitts (Franklin Park, Ill./Leyden) rounded out the top five for Saint Xavier following their 41st and 42nd place finishes with times of 19:24.22 and 19:26.09, respectively.
"I am very happy for both Jordan and Ashley for qualifying for Nationals," said SXU women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "We raced very well at the conference meet and we finished right behind two nationally ranked teams in Olivet Nazarene and St. Francis (Ill.). This was a great season for this team and I am very proud of them."
Both Shares and Wallace will participate in the 2012 NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, November 17, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic site. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (PST).