CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's track team headed over to University of Chicago last weekend to take part in the Chicagoland Championships held on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. The meet matched up a number of the top tier collegiate track teams from around the Chicago area. The Cougars fared well against the NCAA Division I programs in attendance, including University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), DePaul University and Chicago State University. Leading the way was freshman John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), who finished seventh overall in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash in times of 11.47 and 22.63, respectively.
Freshman Matt Krakowski (Alsip, Ill./Marist) turned in a season-best time of 51.99 in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) topped a list of SXU 800-meter runners with a 1:56.98 clocking. He was closely followed by senior Brandon Hummer (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) in1:58.18 and sophomore Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) in 1:58.63. Freshman Kyle Counter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) took sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:58.98, while Chris Sarna racked up a personal-best in the 10000-meter run in 33:14.7.
The SXU relay teams also had solid performances. The 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Brandon Gentry (Park Forest, Ill./Rich East), Stancato, sophomore Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) and freshman Tyler Hoeg (Channahon, Ill./Concordia University/Minooka) placed seventh in a time of 44.04. The 4x400-meter relay team of Stancato, Corcoran, Kenney and Hummer took ninth at 3:26.23.
"I was satisfied with our day," said Saint Xavier University men's track coach Ed McAllister. "April weather is so unpredictable that running on a warm day this early gives us a good opportunity to see where we are. This was a nice day and we will only get better. Stancato led the way for us, but I can see about 8-10 solid performances that brightens my optimism for the future."
The Cougars travel to Lisle, Ill., on Saturday, April 14, to take part in the Eagle Invitational hosted by Benedictine University. The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.