Joliet, Ill. – Highlighted by a pair of first-place finishes by sophomore John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), the Saint Xavier University men's track team finished fourth overall at the third annual Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championships held at Memorial Stadium this past Saturday in Joliet, Ill. The Cougars claimed the No. 4 spot in the eight-team meet with 78 points. Stancato blazed his way to the top spot in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, winning the shorter sprint in a conference record time of 10.99 seconds and coming back in the 200 with a winning time of 22.58 seconds. Amazingly, Stancato's day was far from complete. He also finished second in the javelin throw (40.71m), third overall in the pole vault (3.20m), anchored the third-place 4x100 meter relay team (44.74) and then finished the day by anchoring the conference champion 4x400 relay team (3:28.03).
Joining Stancato on the 4x100 meter relay team were freshman Marco Scalzetti (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South), sophomore Tyler Hoeg (Channahon, Ill./Concordia University/Minooka) and junior Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community). The 4x400 relay team included sophomore Matt Krakowski (Alsip, Ill./Marist), freshman Eric Hancock (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) and junior Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton). Other highlights for the Cougars were Pesek's sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (11.63), Krakowski finishing sixth in the 400-meter dash (51.50) and seventh in the 200-meter dash (23.76), Kenney's third-place finish in the 800-meter run (1.59.47), Hancock's fifth-place run in the steeplechase (10:12.36) and junior Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) claiming fifth in the javelin throw (39.41m) and being part of the fourth-place 4x800 relay team (8:41.97) with sophomore Mark Catania (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North), Hancock and Kenney.
"We are still hurting from injuries and were forced to rest a few of our better athletes," said Saint Xavier University men's track coach Ed McAllister. "However, everyone who participated really dug deep. John Stancato's overall day was one of the greatest performances that I have ever witnessed and I believe that our 4x400 really reached back and rose to the occasion at the end of a long day. I am very proud of all of our men."
Saint Xavier takes a portion of its squad to the prestigious 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. The three-day meet kicks off on Thursday, April 25.