Bourbonnais, Ill. -
Saint Xavier University men's cross country team headed to Bourbonnais, Ill.,
on Friday, September 10, to take part in the Midwest Classic hosted by Olivet
Nazarene University. The Cougars
finished the 12-team meet in second place overall (69 points) behind only host
Olivet Nazarene (32 points). Individually,
the meet was led by Andy Ashenden from Concordia University (Wis.) with a time
of 25:26 for the 8K (8,000 meters) course. Leading the way for SXU for the second
consecutive week was freshman Brian Corcoran
(Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) in third
place overall out of 137 total runners with a 26:07 clocking.
Corcoran was closely followed by junior Matt Rychel (Tinley
Park, Ill./Andrew) in ninth place with a time of 26:34. A trio of three freshmen runners trailed
Rychel led by Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) in 16th
place at 26:57, Chris Sarna (Palos Park, Ill./Stagg) in 20th place
at 27:03 and Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) in 21st place
with a time of 27:11. The closing
scorers for the Cougars were junior Dan Hasty (Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice) in
26th place with a time of 27:32 and senior Roy Witty (Mount
Greenwood, Ill./Marist) at No. 27 with a 27:32 clocking. Saint Xavier University men's cross country coach
Ed McAllister was all smiles after the race.
"I was very happy with the way that we performed Friday,"
said McAllister. "We retained a solid
pack of runners for the first three miles. Since this was the first time that our
freshmen had run the complete 8K distance, there was a bit of uncertainty. However, I felt that our runners came through
well and made up some serious ground in the fifth mile. Corcoran ran another stellar race as did three
of our other freshmen (Shellenberger, Sarna and Kenney). As our young guys gain experience, they will
continue to improve."
SXU will split their squad this weekend with some
runners going to the National Catholic Championships at University of Notre
Dame (Ind.) on Friday. The remainder of
the squad will run at the Falcon Invite at Concordia University (Wis.) on