Sophomore Ellie Willging won the 2015 CCAC Women's Cross Country Championships with a new course record time of 18:03.84
Sophomore Ellie Willging won the 2015 CCAC Women's Cross Country Championships with a new course record time of 18:03.84
Women's Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 7, 2015

Bourbonnais, Ill. – Setting a new course record with a time of 18:03.84, sophomore Ellie Willging (Freeport, Ill./UIC/Freeport) beat the next fastest competitor by 34 seconds en route to leading the Saint Xavier University women's cross country team to a third place team finish at the 2015 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Cross Country Championships hosted by Olivet Nazarene University Saturday morning at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais, Ill.  In addition to Willging, the Cougars also had junior Nicole Maier (Burbank, Ill./Olivet Nazarene/Reavis) and sophomore Sierra Downey (Stickney, Ill./Morton College/Morton West) also finished among the top 15 individually, which earned the trio all-conference recognition.  Maier came across in 11th place at 19:22.20, while Downey was 15th with a time of 19:26.87.

Junior Nicole Watkins (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) was the fourth finisher for SXU Saturday coming in at No. 22 overall with a time of 19:43.31.  Freshman Jess Wittmayer (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) rounded out the Cougar scorers at the conference meet in 35th place at 20:29.99.  The meet was won by No. 17 ranked Olivet Nazarene University with 48 points.  No. 14 University of St. Francis (Ill.) took second place with 50 points.  SXU posted 81 points for its third place finish.  Trinity Christian received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll and claimed fourth place with 100 team points.

Saint Xavier now awaits the final regular season NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which will be released on Sunday, November 8.  Based on those rankings, the Cougars will see if they can receive one of the at-large bids to compete at the 2015 NAIA Cross Country National Championship, which takes place on Saturday, November 21, in Charlotte, N.C.