Normal, Ill. – Finishing 12thoverall in a 32-team field, the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team ran well at the prestigious Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships Friday hosted by Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. The meet featured the best collegiate runners and teams within the state of Illinois and was won by North Central College. Once again, the Cougars were led by sophomore Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), who finished 17thoverall among 332 runners in a time of 25:00 for the 8K (8,000 meter) course.
Corcoran was followed by senior Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) in 62ndplace with a time of 25:41. Next up for the Cougars was a pack of three runners in senior Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South), sophomore Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) and freshman Kyle Counter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central). The Cougar trio ran the course in 26:31 (122nd), 26:36 (132nd) and 26:42 (136th), respectively. Senior Andy Peters (Yellow Springs, Ohio/Yellow Springs) was next across the finish line for SXU in 178thplace at 27:19 followed by sophomore Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) in 181stplace in 27:21. Rounding out the Cougars contingent was senior Daniel Hasty (Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice) in 224thplace at 28:25 and freshman Mark Catania (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) in 232ndplace with a time of 28:39.
"I was quite satisfied with our performance on Friday," said SXU head men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "This was our first time at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships and I believe that this makes a difference. Corcoran and Rychel ran quite well. Our pack is starting to move together and as we get into our competitive time of the season, I feel that we will be ready to compete at an ever-increasing level of readiness."
Saint Xavier is off this weekend and then heads to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic meet hosted by University of Louisville (Ky.) on Saturday, October 1. The men's race is scheduled for a 10 a.m. (central) start.