Louisville, Ky. – Competing in the Blue Division, the Saint Xavier University men's cross country team took part at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, October 1, in Louisville, Ky. The Classic hosted over 100 teams in three divisions and is the site of one of the most challenging and competitive meets in the nation. The Blue division is the middle category and included teams from all three NCAA Divisions as well as top NAIA teams. The Cougars, who received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll released late last week, finished 16thin the 32-team division, which was won by Lipscomb University (Tenn.).
Leading the Cougars was sophomore Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) in seventh place in the 285-runner field in a time of 25:08 for the 8K (8,000 meters) course. Behind Corcoran was senior Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) in 103rdplace at 26:27, followed by sophomore Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) in 108thplace in a time of 26:31. They were followed by junior Ricky Olmedo (Blue Island, Ill./Calumet College/Eisenhower) and senior Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hindale South) in 145thand 146thplaces, respectively, both timed at 26:47.
Wrapping up the scoring for the Cougars were sophomore Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) in 176thplace in 27:06 and freshman Kyle Counter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) in 203rdplace at 27:28. Also competing for SXU were sophomore Chris Sarna (Palos Park, Ill./Stagg) in 27:59, senior Andy Peters (Yellow Springs, Ohio/Yellow Springs) in 28:16, senior Daniel Hasty (Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice) in 28:48 and freshman Mark Catania (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) in 29:06.
"I don't feel this was one of our better meets," said Saint Xavier University men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "While Corcoran ran his usual outstanding race and Shellenberger moved up, the gaps between or top runners are too large and we have to move forward as a team if we are looking forward to postseason recognition. Hopefully, our next meet will answer a few of these questions."
SXU faces a short week and will run again on Friday, October 7, at the Bethel College (Ind.) Invitational in Mishawaka, Ind. The men's race begins at 4:30 p.m. (central).