Lisle, Ill. – Saint Xavier University senior Jordan Wallace (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) qualified for the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to highlight a nice weekend for the SXU women's track team at the Benedictine University Twilight Invitational in Lisle, Ill. Wallace finished second overall in the event with a time of 11:31.55 and it marks the third time in her collegiate career she has qualified nationally in the steeplechase. The 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships is scheduled for May 22-24 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Cougars had a number of season and personal best times established at the Twilight Invitational. Junior Leslie Rosario (Fort Myers, Fla./Neosho County CC/North Fort Myers) and freshman Nicole Watkins (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) both posted season-best times in the 800-meter run. Rosario took seventh place at 2:21.34, while Watkins was ninth at 2:21.80. Sophomore Lexi McDermid (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) also ran the 800-meter run and finished 17th overall with a personal-best time of 2:28.13. Freshman Rachel Koronkiewicz (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park) recorded a new personal-best time in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:06.34, good for 13th place in the field. Junior Amanda Magee (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) garnered a new season-best time in the 1500-meter run as well at 5:56.64.
"This was such a great meet for us, because so many of our runners had either their best times of the season or their careers," said Saint Xavier University women's track coach Lisa Ebel. "I'm really excited that Jordan qualified for the national meet in her final season and I can't wait to see how she performs."
Saint Xavier competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championships on May 2-3. The conference meet will be hosted by Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in Bourbonnais, Ill.