CHICAGO – With its team split up between the Gina Relays at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., and the Twilight Invite at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., the Saint Xavier University women's outdoor track team had a big weekend adding three more national qualifiers to its season total. Senior Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) set a school record with an "A" standard qualifying time of 4:36.53 in the 1500 meter run at the Gina Relays Friday. In addition, the 4x800 meter relay team consisting of senior Jackie Ott (Island Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic), juniors Leslie Rosario (Fort Myers, Fla./Neosho County CC/Fort Myers North) and Anna Galvez (Glenview, Ill./Oakton CC/Maine East) as well as Dean won the event at the Gina Relays with a stellar time of 9:18.40, an "A" standard qualifying time as well. At the Twilight Invite, junior Jordan Wallace (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) earned a "B" standard qualifying time of 11:34.70 with a second-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
"I don't think we could have asked for a better weekend, because now we are in great shape looking ahead to the NAIA National Championships," said Saint Xavier University women's track coach Lisa Ebel. "We have a month to train and get ready for the national meet. Our team is looking forward to the competition there and they are quite optimistic about what they can achieve."
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. With the three additional qualifiers from this weekend, the Cougars now have five individuals and a relay team qualified for the national meet joining senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) in the marathon and 10,000 meter run (10K) and senior Mercedes Mancha (Elgin, Ill./Streamwood) in the 5,000-meter race-walk.