Shares qualifies for NAIA track meet
The NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships are still almost a half-year away, but Ashley Shares has already reserved her spot in them.
The St. Xavier University senior will compete in the marathon at next May’s national meet after posting a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes, 32 seconds at the Schaumburg Half Marathon on Nov. 30. With a clocking that represented both personal and school records, Shares placed third among female runners and 28th overall. She eclipsed her previous-best time by 33 seconds.
Shares, the first Cougar to qualify for the 2014 NAIA meet, will be making her second appearance at the national event.
“Ashley is so focused right now, and it really showed in her performance at the Schaumburg Half Marathon,” SXU coach Lisa Ebel said. “I am so excited to see how she performs in the marathon next May after she finished 10th overall last season at the national meet.