Romeoville, Ill. – Senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) hit a "B" standard qualifying time and set a school record in the 10K (10,000 meters) to highlight the Saint Xavier University women's track team's weekend at the Chicagoland Outdoor Championships hosted by Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. Shares finished second overall in the event with a time of 37.41.77, nearly 32 seconds under the national qualifying mark of 38:13.00. Another key highlight for the squad from the meet was the near qualification of the 4x800 meter relay team consisting of seniors Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) and Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) as well as junior Leslie Rosario (Fort Myers, Fla./Neosho County CC/Fort Myers North) and freshman Christa Pitts (Franklin Park, Ill./Leyden, Ill.). The relay team just missed the qualifying mark by .21 seconds with a time of 9:32.21.
"What a great meet for Ashley and our 4x800 team," said Saint Xavier University women's track coach Lisa Ebel. "I am very excited to see how the relay team progresses through the rest of the outdoor season. This was a very competitive meet and to have Ashley and the relay team both finish second overall in their events was a big accomplishment."
The 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships is held from Thursday, May 23, to Saturday, May 25, at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.