CHICAGO - Entering his seventh season at the helm of the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team, head coach Ed McAllister
has had some talented student-athletes and successful teams, including a national-qualifying team in 2005. However, the recruiting class that he brings in for the 2010 season may be his most talented group yet and he is anxious to get to work with his new squad. Making up the 2010 recruiting class are incoming freshmen Brian Corcoran
(Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), Shane Kenney
(Porter, Ind./Chesterton), Chris Sarna
(Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg), Chris Shellenberger
(Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) and Izak Velasquez
(Cinncinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills).
"To say that I'm excited about this cross country freshmen class would be an understatement," said McAllister. "This is far-and-away the finest recruiting class that I have ever had here at Saint Xavier. I strongly believe that all five runners will have an immediate impact on this team's success."
Corcoran was coached by Tom Wazio at Brother Rice and plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice starting this fall. Kenney ran under Tim Ray at Chesterton High School and plans to major in communications. Sarna was coached by Dan Zielinski during his prep career at Stagg High School and is pursuing a degree in secondary education with a focus on history. Shellenberger ran under Keith Iddings at Crown Point High School and plans to major in nursing. At Oak Hills High School, Velasquez was coached by Joe Zeinner and is undecided on his future plan of study.
"Brian is outstanding in every sense of the word and is one of the best distance runners in Brother Rice's storied history," said McAllister. "Shane had a stellar prep career at traditional powerhouse Chesterton, and the fact that he medaled at the state track meet in his first season of track competition, shows that his talents are wide and varied.
"I believe that Chris Sarna
is just starting to develop as a runner, but he was a state finalist at the IHSA meet last season, which demonstrates his competitiveness," continued McAllister. "I think Chris Shellenberger
is a real ' a diamond in the rough,' because while he had a solid high school career, I truly believe he perform even better in the collegiate ranks. Izak is a fine runner, whose talents have just started to be unleashed. His success as a prep last year provided just a glimpse of his potential."