Men's Cross Country - Mon, Sep. 22, 2008
South Bend, Ind. - The Saint Xavier University men's cross country team travelled to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the prestigious National Catholic Cross Country Championships hosted by the University of Notre Dame (Ind.) on Friday September 19. This meet pitted 33 of the best Catholic universities in the nation. The overall team title was taken by Duquesne University, who edged the host Fighting Irish by one point, 43-44. Saint Xavier finished 18th overall among the 33 squads, and ninth among 26 college level (non-NCAA Division I) teams. Leading the Cougars was sophomore Roy Witty (Mount Greenwood, Ill./Marist), who finished 85th overall in 27:36. He was followed by freshman Dan Gruzwalski (Romeo, Mich./Romeo)in 90th place with 27:39. Next for the Cougars was freshman Andy Peters (Yellow Springs, Ohio/Yellow Springs) in 132nd place with a time of 28:26. He was followed by freshman Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) in 142nd place at 28:32, then freshman Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) in 147th at 28:37 and freshman Buck Hill (Streator, Ill./Ottawa-Marquette) in 151st with a time of 28:44 and junior Manny Gonzalez (Chicago, Ill./St. Laurence) in 226th place at 31:01. "We are running as a pack," stated SXU head men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "I am satisfied with that. I'm lukewarm on our performances, however, I think that these next two meets will show this team really turning the corner. We 're ready for a huge breakout." That "breakout" should take place this weekend at the Sean Earl Invitational hosted by Loyola University (Ill.) at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. The Cougars face a pre-dominantly NCAA Division I field at one of the top meets in the Midwest. The men's race kicks off at 11 a.m.

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