Sat, Oct. 16, 2004 - [Men's Cross Country]
Kenosha, Wisc. - Last Saturday, the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team traveled to Kenosha, Wisc., to compete in the Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational cross country meet. The leading SXU runner was once again Steven Bugarin, who finished 97th overall in a field of 247 runners in the time of 27:55. Next for the Cougars was Jorge Ortega in the time of 31:01, good for 216th overall. Following him was Chris Farley in 230th with a time of 32:54 and finally Carlos Jaramillo, who finished in 233rd with a time of 33:11. This was the last of the regular season Invitational meets for the Cougars and they get two weekends off to prepare for the combined CCAC Championship and NAIA Region VII Championships on November 6th hosted by Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. "Overall this was definitely the most difficult course that we have seen," stated head coach Ed McAllister. "Many challenging hills combined with the bitter cold of Saturday made for some tough times. However, I am confident that the type of training and competitional schedule that we have faced has 'steeled' our men for the Championship series. I look forward eagerly to conference(Regional) and I feel that we match-up pretty favorably with many of the teams that we will face. Everyone knows the job facing them in three weeks and they're shying away from nothing." At Regionals, the top team and the top five individuals not part of that team qualify for the NAIA National Championships to be held on November 20 in Louisville, Ky. Asked to assess his team's (individual's) chances, coach McAllister replied, "I still hold out hope for a top three finish in the CCAC and a top half (sixth or higher) finish in the Regional for our team. Olivet, William Penn and Saint Ambrose are the teams that will battle for the title. On an individual basis, Steven (Bugarin) has an excellent chance to advance to Louisville. There are three runners from our conference who I see standing in the way and also another three from Iowa, but I still like Steven's chances. How he trains during these next three weeks will make the difference."