CHICAGO – Finishing fourth overall in the indoor mile with a school record time of 5:01.97 and claiming All-American honors at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships last week in Geneva, Ohio, Saint Xavier University senior Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) of the Saint Xavier University women's track team has been selected as the World Hyundai-Saint Xavier February Athlete of the Month when the honor was announced Monday. Dean, a nursing major at SXU, will be publicly honored with a certificate from World Hyundai-Matteson prior to this Tuesday's 7 p.m. men's volleyball match against Clarke College (Wis.) at the Shannon Center in Chicago. In addition to her impressive feat in the indoor mile, Dean also ran a leg of SXU's Distance Medley Relay (DMR) at the national meet helping the team to a 10th place finish and a school record time of 12:20.76.
Dean got the month started with a bang qualifying for the NAIA National Championships in the indoor mile at the Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University (Ill.) in Bloomington, Ill., on Saturday, February 2. She ran the mile at the Keck Invitational in an "A" standard qualifying time of 5:06.07. With her All-American recognition from this year's NAIA National Championships, it marks the sixth time in her Saint Xavier University athletic career, both cross country and track, that Dean has been named an All-American.
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