Men's Cross Country - Tue, Aug. 5, 2008
CHICAGO - Daniel Gruzwalski, a incoming freshman distance runner from Romeo, Mich., and Buck Hill, a incoming freshman distance runner from Streator, Ill., both recently signed letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Saint Xavier University as members of the Cougar men's cross country and track programs. Gruzwalski attended Romeo High School in Romeo, Mich., while Hill hails from Marquette High School in Ottawa, Ill..

Both runners had extremely successful prep cross country and track careers. Gruzwalski was a two-year (2006 & 2007) Michigan state finalist in cross country as well as an all-conference track athlete in the 3200 meters. Hill had his share of prep accolades as a two-time Illinois state finalist in cross country and helped lead Marquette High School to a fifth-place finish at the 2007 IHSA Class 1A Boy's Cross Country State Meet in Peoria, Ill. He was also a two-event (3200 meter and 3200 meter relay) state finalist at the IHSA Boy's Track State Meet this past May. Hill plans to pursue a secondary education major at Saint Xavier University with an emphasis on history.

"Dan brings a solid background to the Cougar program," said Saint Xavier University men's cross country/track coach Ed McAllister. "I believe that his greatest potential will lie in cross country where he brings solid strength and has the capabilities to immediately compete well at the collegiate distances.

"Buck has been well coached in high school by Dan Cheatham (Marquette High School coach), so I know that he has a solid knowledge of running to complement his abilities," continued McAllister. "Buck has been a captain and relishes the leadership role, but most importantly, he loves to compete. I sincerely expect both of these athletes to have solid impacts on this young squad."