Bloomington, Ill. – Seniors Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) and Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) both improved their "A" standard qualifying times to highlight the Saint Xavier University women's indoor track performances at the Bob Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University this weekend at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill. Dean won the indoor mile and set a new school record with an impressive time of 5:06.07. Her previous best clocking was 5:10.41. Shares finished second overall in the 5,000 meter run with her "A" standard qualifying time of 17:57.43. Her previous best time in the event this season was 18:14.04. The 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships is held Thursday, February 28, to Saturday, March 2, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
"The team is really running well and looking strong right now," said Saint Xavier University women's track & field coach Lisa Ebel. "It was great to see Rachael and Ashley improve on their already impressive times. We just have to continue to work hard and stay focused and I strongly believe that our team performance at Nationals will be the best this program has ever seen."
Senior Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) ran well in the 800 meter run at the Keck Invite taking ninth place with a time of 2:25.16, while junior Leslie Rosario (Fort Myers, Fla./Neosho CC/North Fort Myers) finished 15th in the event at 2:26.62.
Saint Xavier heads to Naperville, Ill., on Friday, February 8, to take part in the Chicagoland Championships hosted by North Central College. The meet is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.