Men's Cross Country - Tue, Nov. 21, 2006
Louisville, Ky. - The Saint Xavier University men's cross-country season officially came to an end Saturday with junior Steven Bugarin (Chicago, Ill./Washington) finishing 91st overall in a field of 255 runners at the 2006 NAIA National Championships at E.P Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Bugarin, who finished as runner-up at the 2006 NAIA Region VII Championships two weeks earlier, was the lone Cougar in the field and turned in a time of 26:25 on the 8,000-meter course (8K). Steven also represented Saint Xavier in the 2005 national meet finishing 107th overall with a time of 26:20. "I feel that Steven's race was a solid performance," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "The course was extremely sloppy and, while that made it very difficult to get good footing, Steven was able to pass over 20 runners in the second half of the race. Overall, I have to be pleased." Bugarin capped a successful season in which he was named to both the All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and All-Region VII squads for the third consecutive year and qualified for the NAIA National Championships for the second straight season. The Cougars finished third in the CCAC and third overall in regional competition.
"While I'm seldom satisfied, our relative youth and the newness of the program make me very optimistic for the future," commented McAllister. "We will continue to improve with each season."