Men's Cross Country - Mon, Oct. 9, 2006
Marion, Ind. - Led by junior Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington), the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team traveled to Marion, Ind., over the weekend and took part in the Indiana Wesleyan University (Ind.) Invitational. The meet pitted nine of the top-ranked NAIA squads in the Midwest over an 8,000-meter (4.971 mile) course. The Cougars finished sixth overall of the nine schools competing at the meet with the host Indiana Wesleyan squad taking the team title.

Bugarin crossed the finish line in 12th place overall with a time of 26:45 among the 90 runners in attendance. He was followed by sophomore Ronald Lavaire (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville) at 27th place overall in 27:24. Sophomore Maciej Demaj (Lockport, Ill./Reavis) was next at 37th in a time of 27:42, followed by freshmen Eli Hoffman (Mount Morris, Ill./Oregon) in 40th overall at 27:58, John Neisler (Armington, Ill./Olympia) in 45th at 28:16, Manny Gonzalez (Chicago, Ill./St. Laurence) in 53rd at 28:35, and Matt Miller (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn) in 79th place at 30:19, respectively. "This course is very similar to the national course (in Louisville, Ky.), so I'm mildly optimistic about the times that I am seeing," remarked SXU head men's coach Ed McAllister. "The lead times were a bit sub-par. However, our pack is starting to make up significant distance, so I am starting to see just where this team is going. Hopefully, with four big weeks remaining, we'll be ready for Regionals." The Cougars compete in the last of their regular season meets this Saturday when they venture to Kenosha, Wis., to run in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational. The men compete at 2:30 p.m.

"The course at Kenosha is somewhat similar to our Regional course, so this weekend is even more important than usual for us to do well," said McAllister.