Men's Track & Field - Wed, Mar. 12, 2008
Johnson City, Tenn. - The Saint Xavier University men's track team placed two of its runners in the NAIA National Track Indoor Championships Finals held over March 6-8 in Johnson City, Tenn. Sophomore Chris Spencer (Frankfort, Ill./Eastern Illinois University) placed 17th overall in the 400 meter dash in a time of 50.41 seconds. Sophomore John Neisler (Armington, Ill./Olympia) became the first Cougar in history to reach the finals when he turned in a time of 1:55.53 to win his semi-final heat of the 800 meter run Thursday. Neisler then recorded a 1:57 in the finals Saturday to register a seventh place finish overall, the highest national placing ever recorded by a Cougar runner. "Having an athlete attain the finals is always the goal of any program," said an elated SXU head men's track coach Ed McAllister. "John's successes as a sophomore are nothing short of amazing. His future success is unlimited. Chris ran very nicely in the 400. This is not his event outdoors. He is a 400 meter hurdler. I'm satisfied in that this bodes well for his future performances. Overall, this indoor season has been a resounding success. But with all relative successes, this just raises the bar for what will be considered successful in the future." The Cougars have three weeks off from competition and will begin their outdoor season at the Viking Relays at Augustana College in Davenport, Iowa, on March 29.

Click here for the results of the 2008 NAIA Indoor Track Championships