South Bend, Ind. - Sophomores Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and Megan Syring (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) both ran personal best 5K (5,000 meters) times Friday at the National Catholic Women's Cross Country Championships hosted by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Dentzman finished the race in 30th place (out of 306 runners) with a time of 19:04, while Syring posted a 126th finish at 20:24. SXU finished 13th out of 37 teams at the Notre Dame meet, but finished fifth out of 26 teams in the small school division, including the highest placing NAIA team at the event.
Also finishing in the top five for Saint Xavier and contributing to the team score were freshman Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) in 61st place at 19:36, sophomore Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) at 96th with a time of 20:00', and freshman Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) in 110th place at 20:11. Other finishers for the Cougars included: freshman Kelly Malone (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley) at 155th place at 20:49, sophomore Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) at 162nd with a time of 20:54, sophomore Nicolle Bartels (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) in 198th place at 21:16, and freshman Katy Thomson (Matteson, Ill./Marian Catholic) at 208th with a time of 21:30.
"Lauren and Megan ran very well and it was nice to see them set new PRs (personal records) in the 5K," said Saint Xavier University women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "As a whole, our team ran really well taking 10 seconds off our team time from last week's meet at Aquinas College. I am really proud of how this team is improving week to week."
Saint Xavier takes a weekend off before returning to action on Saturday, September 29, for the Loyola Lakefront Invitational at Montrose Beach in Chicago. The 5,000-meter women's race will begin at 11:45 a.m.Click here to see the Notre Dame meet results