CHICAGO - Rich Eber, a transfer from Illinois State University who comes in with two years of eligibility remaining, has decided to finish out his academic and collegiate cross country/track career as a member of the Saint Xavier University Cougars. The former Brother Rice High School standout was 10th overall in cross country at the 2007 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state championships and finished ninth in both the 1600 and 3200 meters at the 2008 IHSA Boy's Track and Field State Championships. At ISU, Eber finished in 13th place overall as a freshman at the 2008 State Farm-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Cross Country Championships. During the 2008-09 indoor track campaign, he turned in a 13th place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
"I am thrilled by this addition," said Saint Xavier University men's cross country/track coach Ed McAllister. "Rich had been injured a good part of this past season. However, it appears that he is 90 percent recovered and I expect him to be at full strength in the next month. Rich brings experience and maturity to our squad and he knows how to win, which is a characteristic you can't teach. He will help our team enormously just by his very presence."
Eber will continue his academic pursuit of a degree in business administration this fall at Saint Xavier University. He is the son of Rich and Margaret Eber of Oak Lawn. Eber will hope to open the season with his new teammates when the 2010 campaign kicks off on Saturday, September 4, at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Opener at Horsetail Slough Course in Palos Heights, Ill. The men's race is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.