Schaumburg, Ill. – Saint Xavier University senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) qualified early for the marathon for the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in May by completing the Schaumburg Half Marathon in Schaumburg, Ill., this past Saturday in an "A" standard qualifying time of 1:24:15. Shares was the fourth female finisher in the field and 28th overall. She also set a new school record with her qualifying time. Shares recently wrapped up her collegiate cross country career earlier this month by finishing 66th overall out of 320 runners at the 2012 NAIA Cross Country National Championships with a time of 19:07 in the 5K (5,000 meters) event.
"Ashley is running at another level right now," said SXU women's track and field coach Lisa Ebel. "I am really looking forward to seeing her compete at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. To average a 6:25 mile pace over a 13.1 mile race is an incredible feat and she is definitely having a senior season to remember."
The 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will be held from May 23-25 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. Shares is the first national track qualifier for SXU this season.