Channahon, Ill. - The Saint Xavier University men's cross country team placed third out of the 12 teams competing in the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championships on Saturday, November 3, at Channahon Community Park in Channahon, Ill. SXU was led by junior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), who finished in ninth place overall in the 8,000 meter (8K) race with a time of 25:06.94. Freshman Eric Hancock (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) finished in 18th overall with a time of 25:40.40. Both Corcoran and Hancock qualified for the NAIA National Cross Country Championships based on their finishes in Saturday's race, while Corcoran was also named to the all-conference team for his ninth-place finish.
Junior Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) and junior Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) finished third and fourth overall for the Cougars coming in 19th and 23rd place individually with times of 25:42.78 and 25:52.86, respectively. Rounding out the top five for Saint Xavier was junior Chris Sarna (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg), who finished in 26th overall with a time of 25:59.39.
"This was by far and away the team's best race of the season," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister. "It is a great accomplishment for Eric Hancock to make Nationals; he definitely has a bright future. Corcoran ran his usual great race and he is three-for-three in qualifying for Nationals. In general, the team did great and it was the smallest gap between our five runners finishing within 52 seconds of each other and that is a solid accomplishment. I am very proud of this team, they had a good season and I could not ask for more."
Both Corcoran and Hancock will compete in the 2012 NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, November 17, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic site. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. (PST).