Kenosha, Wisc. -
Sophomore Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington) led the way as the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team finished 12th out of 15 teams competing in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational Saturday in Kenosha, Wisc. Bugurin finished No. 45 out of the 199 runners participating in the men's 8K race with a time of 27:08.
Bugarin was followed by freshman Maciej Demaj (Burbank, Ill./Reavis), who finished No. 56 with a 27:24 clocking. Freshman Ronald Lavaire (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville) was the third Cougar runner to cross the finish line Saturday turning in a 64th place finish with a time of 27:33. Freshmen Arturs Bareikis (Oak Forest, Ill./Tinley Park) and Alex Walker (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill./Huntley) rounded out the race for Saint Xavier with a 110th place finish (28:34) and a 126th place finish (29:08), respectively. "This was an extremely challenging course against some great competition," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "We have filled a very difficult schedule against only the best NCAA schools that we could find. I feel that we have made enormous strides throughout this season and that we will be well-prepared to face NAIA teams at our regional and conference championships." Saint Xavier takes two weeks off while preparing for the NAIA Region VII Meet on Saturday, November 5. The meet will take place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is hosted by Mount Mercy College. The men's race starts at 11:45 a.m.View meet results.