Vancouver, Wash. - The Saint Xavier University men's cross country team completed its 2011 season at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, November 19, with two individual qualifiers, senior Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and sophomore Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) participating. Due to injuries sustained earlier in the season, only Rychel went to the starting line and had a nice finish at No. 143 overall in the field of 390 runners with a time of 26:06 for the 8000-meter (8K) course.
"I feel that Matt ran a solid race and it was the culmination of an outstanding four-year competitive career," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "The course ran a bit faster than in previous years and it finally stopped raining. Overall, times were a bit faster than expected. Matt stayed outside and avoided most of the mud, but this added a bit to his overall distance travelled.
"As for Corcoran, it was a last-minute decision not to risk any further complications to his back injury by holding him out of the race," continued McAllister. "While I am disappointed, the decision was the correct one and he will be back at Nationals again. I am very proud of these young men as I am of all of my athletes. We return six solid runners for next season and hopefully we will be able to add more additional talent. Overall, it was a good season."