CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's cross country team traveled to South Bend, Ind., over the weekend to run at the Bethel College (Ind.) Invitational. The meet brought together eight teams from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan and 87 runners competed overall. SXU freshman Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) was the leading Cougar and finished second overall in the time of 26:14 over the 8K (8,000 meters) course. Corcoran led the Cougars to a second-place team finish behind only Indiana Wesleyan University (Ind.).
Following Corcoran were freshmen Izak Velasquez (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) in fifth place overall in a time of 26:41 and Chris Sarna (Palos Park, Ill./Stagg) in 10th place overall at 27:04. After the freshmen trio was junior Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) in 11th place with a time of 27:05 and junior Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) in 14th place at 27:09. Rounding out the Cougar scorers were freshman Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) in 18th place with 27:29 and junior Dan Hasty (Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice) in 19th place also with 27:29.
"I am very optimistic after seeing our performances today," said excited SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "Brian has become an expected entity. However, he battled a more experienced collegiate runner (Ethan Naylor of Indiana Wesleyan) all of the way to the finish line. The excitement today was the stellar performances of Izak, Chris and Brandon. Our freshmen are starting to adapt to the 8K distance and our older runners are running well, creating an atmosphere filled with depth. We should continue to perform well from here."
Saint Xavier is off this weekend. However, the squad faces its toughest competition to date on Saturday, October 23, with the Great Lakes Invitational hosted by Aquinas College (Mich.) in Grand Rapids, Mich.