Cougar Spotlight
Ellie Willging
Ellie Willging
Women's Track & Field
June 2, 2017
Congrats to our May winner of the Saint Xavier University Athlete of the Month award from the SXU women's track & field team, junior Ellie Willging!  Below is a listing of Willging's accomplishments from last month as well as the other Cougar athletes who were up for consideration for May.  This is our final Athlete of the Month award for the 2016-17 season.  Go Cougars!
 
 
 
 
 
Junior distance runner Ellie Willging (Women’s Track & Field)
 
  • Won the 10K (10,000 meters) run with a time of 36:28.78 at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 25 to claim the program's second national championship
  • Took second place overall in the 5K (5,000 meters) run at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 27 with a time of 17:30.46
  • Broke the school and conference records by winning the 10K run with an automatic national qualifying time of 36:16.98 at the 2017 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Track & Field Outdoor Championships on May 6
  • Was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-District First Team on May 25
  • Earned NAIA All-American honors in both the 10K and 5K runs at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships
  • Named a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Track & Field Scholar-Athlete on May 26
 
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Senior distance runner Abel Hernandez (Men’s Track & Field)

  • Finished eighth in the 10K (10,000 meters) run at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 25 with a time of 32:10.38
  • Became the first All-American for the outdoor season in SXU men's track & field program history
 
 
Freshman third baseman Matt Monahan (Baseball)
  • Batted .452 (14-for-31) over eight games in May with four doubles and two home runs, along with eight runs scored and seven RBIs
  • Named the 2017 CCAC Freshman of the Year and to the All-CCAC Second Team on May 6
  • Went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, a homer, two runs scored and five RBIs in SXU's 13-7 victory over Indiana-South Bend in the second round of the 2017 CCAC Baseball Tournament on May 6