CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University outdoor men's track team has had a great start to its 2010 campaign highlighted by the performance of senior Chris Spencer
(Frankfort, Ill./Eastern Illinois/Lincoln-Way East) at the Ted Haydon Invitational at the University of Chicago. Spencer placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.1 seconds at the Invitational. The 4x400 meter relay team consisting of freshman Matt Herrmann
(Oak Lawn, Ill./University of Iowa/Brother Rice), sophomores Daniel Hasty
(Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice) and Brandon Hummer
(Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) and senior Emmanuel Gonzalez
(Chicago, Ill./ St. Laurence) also ran quite well, recording a time of 3:38.09 for a fourth-place finish.
The Cougars returned a week later to the University of Chicago for the Chicagoland Championships, where they continued to run strong throughout. The best showings for SXU were by Hummer in the 800-meter run resulting in a 1:58.08 time and sophomore Matt Rychel
(Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) ran a 4:03.76 in the 1500-meter run to add to an already impressive start to the Cougar season. Saint Xavier men's track and field coach Ed McAllister
is pleased with the progress his team is showing. "We are starting to get better," remarked McAllister. "Some of our athletes are still missing or aren't healthy yet. However, I feel we are just starting to get into our routine. I would expect us to have some national qualifying times in the next three weeks." The Saint Xavier University men's track team will be competing at the first ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championships. They will be held in Bourbonnais, Ill., at Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Saturday, April 17. Running events are set to begin at 11 a.m.