Schaumburg, Ill. – Saint Xavier University senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg) qualified for the marathon at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships next May by finishing the Schaumburg Half Marathon in Schaumburg, Ill., last Saturday with an "A" standard qualifying time of 1:23.32. Shares was the third female finisher in the field and 28th overall. She also set a new school record with her qualifying time surpassing her own record from last year in the same event with a time of 1:24:15.
"Ashley is so focused right now and it really showed in her performance this past weekend at the Schaumburg Half Marathon," said SXU women's track and field coach Lisa Ebel. "I am so excited to see how she performs in the marathon next May after she finished 10th overall last season at the national meet. Ashley always finds ways to improve like she did in the half marathon this year, so I can't wait to see how well she finishes this time around."
The 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will be held from May 22-24 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. Shares is the first national track qualifier for SXU this season.