CHICAGO – Two personal-best times and a pair of school records highlighted the month of November for Saint Xavier University senior women's cross country & track runner Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) and earned her the distinction of the World Hyundai-Saint Xavier November Athlete of the Month. Shares, a senior history major at SXU, will be publicly honored with a certificate from World Hyundai-Matteson prior to next Wednesday's 7 p.m. men's basketball game against the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
Shares led SXU to a third-place finish out of 12 teams competing at the CCAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 3. At the conference championship meet, Shares achieved a personal-best time of 17:44.44, which was good for a new school record in the 5K (5,000 meters). The record was held by former standout runner Rachael Dean, who ran it in 17:58. Shares and junior Jordan Wallace (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) both competed at the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, November 17, and Shares finished in 66th place out of 320 of the NAIA's top runners at the meet. Last weekend, Shares also qualified for the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in May after posting an "A" qualifying standard time of 1:24.15 (6:25 mile pace) at the Schaumburg Half Marathon in Schaumburg, Ill. She surpassed her own school record time of 1:28.44, which she set last year in the same race. In addition to her running accomplishments this month, Shares was named a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete as well prior to the National Championships in recognition of her 3.875 cumulative grade-point average (GPA).
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