Elgin, Ill. - Behind a national qualifying performance by freshman Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team wrapped up its 2010 season with a fourth-place team finish at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Cross Country Championship Meet Saturday in Elgin, Ill. University of St. Francis (Ill.) took the overall title out of the 11-team field with 36 points overall, followed by Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) with 51 and Robert Morris University (Ill.) with 103. The Cougars just missed third place with 105 total points. Corcoran finished seventh individually out of 109 runners with a time of 25:45 on the 8K (8,000 meters) course.
Corcoran's seventh-place finish qualified him to participate in the 2010 NAIA National Championships, which takes place in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, November 20. Corcoran was followed by junior Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) in 18th place at 26:22. Next was junior Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) in 22nd place with a time of 26:29 followed by junior Rich Eber (Oak Lawn, Ill./Illinois State University/Brother Rice) in 26th at 26:44 and freshman Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) in 32nd with a time of 26:59. Senior Roy Witty (Mount Greenwood, Ill./Marist) took 33rd place with a 27:04 clocking and freshman Chris Sarna (Palos Park, Ill./Stagg) rounded the team scoring out in 36th at 27:19.
"This was our best overall team performance of the year," remarked SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "We would have liked to top Robert Morris, but I am very satisfied with our overall day. Corcoran was just coming off an illness and definitely qualified on guts and determination. Hummer ran his best race ever as did Witty in his final cross country performance."We return all of our top five next year, so I continue to be very optimistic," continued McAllister. "I can't say enough about how this team matured and came together throughout the season. We had many freshmen and the adjustment to the college distance took a bit of time. We are tough and will continue to be tougher through time."