Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Saint Xavier University men's cross country team placed sixth out of 34 teams competing at the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, October 20. Junior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) led the way for SXU finishing in 19th place overall with a time of 25:48.18 over the 8K race (8,000 meters). Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival St. Francis (Ill.) won the race with Shawnee State (Ohio), Aquinas (Mich.), Cornerstone (Mich.) and Indiana Wesleyan (Ind.) coming in second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
Freshman Eric Hancock (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) took 35th place overall with a time of 26:10.33. Juniors Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) and Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) finished in third and fourth for the Cougars coming in 41st and 49th overall with times of 26:17.74 and 26:25.48, respectively. Rounding out the top five for Saint Xavier was junior Chris Sarna (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) finishing in 101st place with a time of 27:13.43.
"This was the best meet of the season," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "As we are getting closer to conference, this team is definitely peaking. Hancock, Shellenberger and Kenney all had very good races. We will be ready for conference, but we still have a couple of holes to fill and there is still a lot of work left to do."
Saint Xavier takes some time off before returning to race in the CCAC Conference Meet on Saturday, November 3 in Channahon, Ill. The men's race gets underway at 11:15 a.m. at Channahon Community Park.