CHICAGO – Fifth-year senior Ashley Shares (Palos Park, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Stagg), seniors Leslie Rosario (Fort Myers, Fla./Neosho County CC/North Fort Myers) and Dana Martin (Chicago, Ill./Marist) and junior Amanda Magee (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) all represented the Saint Xavier University women's track team recently when the list of 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Track & Field Scholar-Athletes was released by the NAIA national office. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. The foursome was part of a group of 337 women's track & field student-athletes nationwide to claim the distinction.
"All of these young ladies are so special and contribute so much not only to our track program, but the University as a whole," said Saint Xavier University women's track coach Lisa Ebel. "They are involved in so many organizations and activities around campus in addition to their duties as students and athletes. Their time management skills are second to none and I'm so proud of everything that this group has accomplished at this University."
Shares was a history major at SXU and carried a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). She graduated summa cum laude and was also named the 2013-14 Sociology Student of the Year. Shares plans to attend Georgia State University for graduate school to work towards her master's degree in Historic Preservation. Rosario was a mass communication major, who recently graduated magna cum laude and had a cumulative GPA of 3.64. Martin graduated summa cum laude from Saint Xavier University with a degree in political science and will attend Northwestern University School of Law. She was also named the 2013-14 Political Science Student of the Year. Magee is pursuing a nursing degree at SXU and holds a cumulative GPA of 3.60. She was awarded a Schmitt Scholar scholarship as well during her academic career.