Men's Cross Country - Fri, Sep. 10, 2004
Peoria, Ill. - On Friday, September 10, the Cougar harriers ventured to Peoria to compete in the Bradley Open cross country meet. This was the first of the highly competive meets scheduled for this year's cross country squad. Sixteen of the top Division I, Division II and NAIA teams from the Midwest were in attendance in the strong 8K race. Saint Xavier was led by freshman phenom Steven Bugarin who finished 63rd in the time of 26:56. Next was senior Carlos Jaramillo in 32:31 followed by junior Chris Farley in 33:48.

Coach Ed McAllister was extremely pleased with the overall performance of his young athletes. "We all improved our times as we move forward from meet to meet. I am very satisfied with the fact that we are now running highly competitive races at our regularly competed distances and continuing to show improvement. Bugarin (Steven) has crossed the 27-minute barrier and his times are placing him among the leading racers in the conference. Jaramillo and Farley are becoming more competitive with each passing week and have shown 1 minute improvements each weekend."

Next on the agenda, is the National Catholic Cross Country Championships that are being hosted by Notre Dame this upcoming Friday, September 17. Stated McAllister, " The increasing levels of competition only bring out the best in our athletes. They are not overwhelmed by the level of talent they are encountering. I look forward to a great race from all of our men."