Men's Cross Country - Sat, Aug. 28, 2004
Rensselaer, Ind. -- First-year Saint Xavier University men's cross country coach Ed McAllister had plenty of good things to say about his team's effort Saturday at the St. Joseph's College (Ind.) Puma Invitational in Rensselaer, Ind. Although the 5K meet was unscored, it marked the first competitive race that the new varsity Cougar program has participated in since its installation last spring.

Currently, the SXU squad is made up of three student-athletes with two more additions expected to join by the end of the week. The current roster includes: freshman Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington), junior Chris Farley (Chicago, Ill./Marist), and senior Carlos Jaramilo (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central).

The meet featured four teams on the men's side with SXU facing off against Robert Morris College (Ill.), Benedictine University (Ill.) and St. Joseph's College (Ind.). Bugarin had an outstanding performance in his first collegiate cross country meet finishing the race No. 2 overall (out of 18 runners) with a time of 16:42, just two seconds behind the winner. Jaromilo and Farley finished the meet with times of 20:33 (No. 17) and 22:59 (No. 18) respectively.

"Steven is about where I would want him at this time in the season," said McAllister. "The course was extremely wet, which seriously affected the times. Chris and Carlos are constantly making adjustments that will eventually prove successful for them. Next week, we will add two individuals who will greatly help this squad.

"We are competing against teams that we will have to perform better than later in the season to achieve success in the conference and regionals," continued McAllister. "The ‘unknown' component of beginning a new team is starting to evaporate. We will continue to improve on a weekly basis as our level of competition improves."

SXU continues its inaugural season with a meet on Saturday, September 4, at the University of Illinois-Chicago's Horsetail Lakes course. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.