Men's Cross Country - Sat, Sep. 16, 2006
South Bend, Ind. - Led by junior Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington), the Saint Xavier men's cross country team picked up a ninth place finish out of 19 teams competing in the College Division of Saturday's National Catholic Cross Country Championships in South Bend, Ind. The meet pits all Catholic universities and had 31 schools scored over two categories, Overall and College Division (NCAA-II, NCAA-III and NAIA). The Cougars finished 19th overall in the 31 school field with the host Fighting Irish winning the overall team title and Loras College (Iowa) capturing the College Division crown. Bugarin finished in 22nd place overall with a time of 26:09 over the grueling five-mile course. He was followed by sophomore Ronald Lavaire (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville) at No. 104 with a time of 28:18. Next for the Cougars were sophomore Maciej Demaj (Lockport, Ill./Reavis) in 137th place at 28:50, followed by freshman Eli Hoffman (Mt. Morris, Ill./Oregon) in 144th with 28:54. Freshman John Neisler (Armington, Ill./Olympia) timed 29:37 to finish at No. 172 and he was followed by freshman Matt Miller (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn) in 191st place with a time of 30:19. Freshman Emmanuel Gonzalez (Chicago, Ill./St. Laurenc) also finished for SXU at No. 192 with a time of 30:24. "Steven ran a fine race today," said Saint Xavier men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "However, the team overall still has their work cut out for them. It was hot Saturday, however, it was hot for everybody. This was the first very large field that we competed with, so we get stronger and smarter as we go." The Cougars travel to Davenport, Iowa, next weekend to run in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 22, at 5 p.m. This meet is sponsored by Augustana College (Iowa) and approximately 40 of the best small college teams in the Midwest will participate.

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