CHICAGO – Helping her team achieve two "A" standard qualifying times at the Gina Relays at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., last week, Saint Xavier University senior Rachael Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill./Judson University/Lakes) has garnered Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors for the seven-day period ending April 28 when it was announced Thursday. She set a school record with her "A" standard qualifying time of 4:36.53 in the 1500-meter run last Friday. In addition, Dean anchored the 4x800 meter relay team that won the event at the Gina Relays with a stellar time of 9:18.40, an "A" standard qualifying time as well.
With her qualifying times from last week, Dean will represent SXU in both events at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships later this month. In 2011, she claimed All-American status as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team that finished sixth overall at the national meet with a school record time of 9:05.90.
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 Dean in the 1500-meter run and the relay team, the Cougars 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), senior Mercedes Mancha (Elgin, Ill./Streamwood) in the 5,000-meter race-walk and junior Jordan Wallace (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North).