Mon, Oct. 15, 2007 - [Women's Cross Country]
Kenosha, Wis. - With seven season-best 5K (5,000 meters) times, the Saint Xavier University women's cross country team placed fourth out of 14 teams Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Lucian Rosa Cross Country Invitational in Kenosha, Wis. The Cougars ran on the same course this weekend that will be used for the 2007 NAIA National Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 17. SXU finished with 121 points and was behind No. 4 ranked Indiana Wesleyan University in second place with 56 points and right behind No. 15 Aquinas College (Mich.) in third place with 100 points.
Sophomore Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) finished seventh place overall (out of 164 runners) on the 5K course with a career-best time of 18:53. Freshman Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) and sophomore teammate Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) also clocked personal-best times of 19:21 (15th) and 19:26 (21st), respectively. Also scoring for the Cougars were freshman Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) and sophomore Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) in 48th and 49th place with times of 20:16 and 20:17, respectively. Rounding out the top seven for SXU, also with personal-best times, were freshman Katy Thomson (Matteson, Ill./Marian Catholic) with 20:41 (66th) and sophomore Nicolle Bartels (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) with a time of 20:47 (72nd).
"Considering this is the same course that we are hoping to run on in mid-November for Nationals, I am very pleased with our times," said Saint Xavier University women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "I think we will have a great showing in next weekend's conference meet. We have improved our team time nearly every week this season and I'm very optimistic about our chances of challenging for a conference title."
Saint Xavier begins its postseason this weekend with the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Cross Country Meet in Whiting, Ind., on Saturday, October 20. The women's race will be held at Lost Marsh Golf Course at 11 a.m.