Davenport, Iowa -
Sophomore Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington) led the way for the Cougars as the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team took part in Augustana College's Brissman-Lundeen Invitational Friday in Davenport, Iowa. The meet assembles 35 of the top NCAA Division III and NAIA squads from around the Midwest. The Cougars finished No. 14 of the 35 teams taking part. With 59 points, the host Augustana squad won the meet.
Bugarin finished with a fine time of 25:44 over the 8K course, which placed him No. 44 among the 393 runners competing. Next for the Cougars was freshman Arturs Bareikis (Oak Forest, Ill./Tinley Park) in 75th place with a time of 26:15. Following Bareikis was freshman Maciej Demaj (Burbank, Ill./Reavis) at No. 123 overall with 26:54. The next Cougar finishers were Ronald Lavaire (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville) in 135th place with 27:04 and Alex Walker (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill./Huntley) at No. 196 with a time of 28:04.
"There is no question that I was very satisfied with our times," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "I felt we ran very strong and we are definitely reaching a new level of competence. With each week, we climb just a little bit higher. The level of the teams that we are competing against is improving and that just serves the purpose of forcing our competitive levels to new highs."
Saint Xavier stays in the Chicago area on Saturday, October 1, participating in the Loyola University Sean Earl Invitational. This meet includes some very talented NCAA- Division I teams and should challenge the Cougars to reach new heights. The men's 8,000-meter race kicks off at 12:00 p.m. at Montrose Harbor.View meet results.