Sat, Nov. 6, 2004 - [Men's Cross Country]
Bourbonnais, Ill. - On Saturday, November 6 the men's cross country team completed their first season by competing in the NAIA Region VII cross country championships hosted by Olivet Nazarene. This meet also was considered the CCAC Championship, in that the meet was scored on two levels, as the NAIA qualifier and the Conference Championship. The Cougars finished eighth of eleven teams in the Regional and fourth of six within the conference ranks. Once again, leading the way for Saint Xavier was freshman Steven Bugarin, who finished 7th overall with a time of 28:01. Next was Jorge Ortega, who finished 30th with a time of 30:01. He was followed by Carlos Jaramillo in 53rd with a time of 31:58 and then Chris Farley in 60th with a time of 32:34 and finally Ramon Alcarez in 70th overall with a time of 36:43. The Cougars totalled 200 points overall for the region meet and 97 points for the conference meet. On the conference level, IIT led the way with 44 points, followed by Olivet with 50, Robert Morris with 63 then Saint Xavier with 97, Trinity Christian had 110 and finally Cardinal Stritch did not compete as a full team and therefore had no score. On the regional side, IIT was the winner with 71 points, followed by William Penn with 78, Olivet with, 98, Saint Ambrose with 99, Robert Morris,with 161, Grandview with 123, Mount Mercy with 161, Saint Xavier with 200, Trinity Christian with 221, Franciscan University with 273 and finally no score for Cardinal Stritch. Asked to comment on his team's performance Saturday and overall for this initial season, Coach Ed McAllister responded, "There is no doubt that the season ended on a 'sour note' with (Steven) Bugarin failing to qualify for the NAIA Nationals. He came extremely close (failing to qualify by a mere 3 seconds) but it was just not meant to be. On a happier note, (Jorge) Ortega had a personal best, (Carlos) Jaramillo and (Chris) Farley had solid races and the presence of (Ramon) Alcarez allowed the team to put up a score. I had hoped for a slightly better finish on the regional side but the conference result was as expected. "For the season, there was an enormous amount of inexperience on this team. Overall I felt that we accomplished many of the goals that we had previously set. We are extremely young and I feel that having a year under our belts can only help us. I believe that we will come back a much hungrier team next season and I have been aggressively recruiting the core of next year's team and I feel confident that we will be able to compete on an even footing with anyone. Overall, while I will never be satisfied, I believe that our first steps have been successful ones."