Mon, Oct. 22, 2007 - [Women's Cross Country]
Hammond, Ind. - With four of its runners named all-conference, the No. 22 ranked Saint Xavier University women's cross country team finished just three points out of first place behind No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in Saturday's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Cross Country Championships at the Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind. Sophomore Lauren Dentzman (Lemont, Ill./Lemont), freshman Jade Braden (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River), sophomore Amy Poull (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest), and sophomore Amanda Janosz (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) were named to the 2007 All-CCAC Team Saturday, while Braden also took home the CCAC Freshman of the Year honor and SXU coach Lisa Ebel was named the 2007 CCAC Coach of the Year.
Dentzman finished the 5K course (5,000 meters) in second place overall with a time of 19:10. Next for the Cougars was Braden in fifth place at 19:27, Poull in seventh place at 19:42, and Janosz was ninth in 20:06, her best time of the season. Also scoring for SXU with a personal-best time of 20:37 (18th place) was sophomore Nicolle Bartels (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic). Rounding out the top seven were freshmen Dana Eppley (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) and Kelly Malone in 19th and 22nd place, respectively.
"We only missed a first place team finish by three points to a very talented Olivet Nazarene team," said Saint Xavier University women's cross country coach Lisa Ebel. "We are really looking forward to lining up with them again in two weeks for the region meet."
Saint Xavier takes the week off to prepare for the 2007 NAIA Region VII Championship Meet, which will take place in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, November 3. This meet serves as a qualifier for the 2007 NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Kenosha, Wis., on Saturday, November 17.