CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's track team opened up its outdoor season in Chicago over the weekend under some cold conditions (39 degrees) at the Ted Haydon Invitational hosted by University of Chicago. Overall highlights for the day included: sophomore Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) and freshman Tyler Hoeg (Channahon, Ill./Concordia University/Minooka) in the 100-meter dash with times of 11.84 and 11.95, respectively as well as freshman John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 22.82 and senior Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) finishing sixth overall in the 800-meter run at 2:00.50. Other notable performances were freshman Kyle Counter's (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) fourth-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:08.50 and a third-place finish in the 400-meter relay consisting of freshman Brandon Gentry (Park Forest, Ill./Rich East), Hoeg, Stancato and Pesek at 44.88.
"I was satisfied overall with our performances," stated SXU men's track coach Ed McAllister. "We have been off for a month and it was cold on Saturday, so I really didn't have any idea of how we were going to do. I liked what I saw."
The Cougars will take a few of their athletes to the Troll Relays at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, April 4. The entire squad will compete next at the Chicagoland Championships at University of Chicago on Saturday, April 8.