Men's Cross Country - Tue, Feb. 14, 2006
CHICAGO - Sophomore Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington) became the first runner in Saint Xavier University history to qualify for the 2006 NAIA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday when he completed the 3,000-meter run in 8:55.9 at the Lewis Invitational in Romeoville, Ill. Bugarin's time outpaced the qualification standard of 9:02.5 for the event. The 41st Annual NAIA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held on March 9-11 at the Memorial Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

"I was very satisfied with Steven's performance and excited about his opportunity to compete at the national level," said SXU track and field coach Ed McAllister. "I feel that he still has the capability to qualify nationally in the 5000-meter run as well, which I believe to be his best event."

In addition to Bugarin, freshman Ronald Lavaire (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville) competed in the 800-meter run at the Lewis Invitational and clocked a time of 2:03.2, which earned him a third-place finish overall. On Saturday, February 4, Bugarin and Lavaire competed at the Illinois Wesleyan University Titan Open in Bloomington, Ill. Bugarin took third place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:56.3, while Lavaire ran the 800-meter run in 2:05.4 and the indoor mile in 4:32.9.

Saint Xavier continues its season on Saturday, February 18, with the Chicagoland Championships hosted by the University of Chicago.