Mon, Oct. 8, 2007 - [Women's Cross Country]
Huntington, Ind. - With three runners finishing in the top five individually, the Saint Xavier University women's cross country team easily finished first with 25 team points at Saturday's E. DeWitt Baker Invitational in Huntington, Ind. The four-team meet featured three schools from Indiana in Marian College (2nd - 50 points), Butler University (3rd - 53 points), and University of Saint Francis (4th - 105 points). It was the first time this season that SXU has won a meet as a team.
Sophomore Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) led Saint Xavier across the finish line with a second place finish in the 5,000-meter (5K) event. She posted a time of 19:21 on the course, while sophomore teammate Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) finished third overall out of a field of 38 runners with a time of 19:57. Freshman Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) was next in fifth place with a time of 20:36, while sophomore Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) finished 10th at 20:54. Rounding out the top five for SXU was freshman Katy Thomson (Matteson, Ill./Marian Catholic), who came in at 13th overall with a time of 21:03. Also finishing Saturday for SXU were sophomore Nicolle Bartels (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) with a time of 21:11 (14th), freshman Ann Godette (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) with a time of 23:08 (29th), and junior Alison Schultz (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) with a time of 23:16 (30th).
"Considering the heat, this was a pretty good meet for our team," said Saint Xavier University women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "We were missing one of our top runners in freshman Dana Eppley, but we were still able to run tough and finish first. I think we are preparing ourselves for a good showing at our conference meet in two weeks."
Saint Xavier heads to Kenosha, Wis., this weekend to run in the Lucia Rosa Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The women's 5K race begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.