Men's Cross Country - Sat, Sep. 4, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The Saint Xavier men's cross country team was again in action this weekend, this time at Palos' Horseshoe Bend against University of Chicago, Univ. of Illinois-Chicago, Univ. of Wisc-Milwaukee and Chicago State. The meet was scored as a round robin dual meet, scoring each team against each of their opponents.

Chicago beat Saint Xavier 15-50 (low score wins in cross country), while the Cougars lost to UIC 15-49, and were bested by UW-M 15-50. Saint Xavier edged Chicago State 26-29,. The Cougars were led by Steven Bugarin, who covered the 4.1-course in 22:40 to finish in 21st place. Following Bugarin, was Carlos Jaramillo, who was 35th with a time of 26:52, Jorge Ortega, 36th in 27:39 and Chris Farley in 37th place at 29:04. The race winner was Jerome Tharaud of the University of Chicago in a time of 21:08.

Coach Ed McAllister said of the Cougars' performance, " I believe that we are still on track on our overall team development. The times were in keeping with my pre-race expectations. While we lost to three of the four squads faced, it is important to keep in mind that the majority of our opponents were NCAA Division-I teams. Even in defeat, competing well against this caliber of competition will pay long-term dividends for us. Individually, Carlos Jaramillo showed the most improvement over last week's race.. This team comes together more each week. We will move up to 5 miles this week on a faster course which will present new challenges for us."

The Cougars return to competition in this shortened week on Friday afternoon, when they venture to Peoria to compete in the Bradley Open cross country meet scheduled for 5:00 PM