Naperville, Ill. - The Saint Xavier University men's track team achieved another milestone Saturday at the Chicagoland Indoor Track Championships hosted at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., over the weekend. The distance medley relay (DMR) team consisting of freshman Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), freshman John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), sophomore Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) and senior Matt Rychel (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) qualified for the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships with a time of 10:23.17. The group becomes the first SXU men's squad ever to reach the "A" standard in the event. Stancato, also highlighted the weekend finishing ninth in the 200-meter dash with a personal record time of 23.17 seconds.
"This group has been beset by numerous injuries and we were running out of opportunities to qualify," said Saint Xavier University men's track coach Ed McAllister. "I felt strongly about this group, but you always have reservations. They handled the pressure well and I feel that they will perform well at Nationals."
The Cougars will compete this Friday at the Last Chance Qualifier hosted by University of Chicago. The 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship will be held March 1-3 at the SPIRE Institute Track & Field Complex in Geneva, Ohio.