Men's Cross Country - Wed, Apr. 12, 2006
Valparaiso, Ind. - Saint Xavier University freshman Ronald Lavaire (Shelbyville, Illinois/Shelbyville) became the first Cougar in history to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Men's National Championship by posting a time of 1:16.30 for the 13.1 Valpo Mini-Marathon on Sunday, April 9, in Valparaiso, Indiana. This time easily bests the National qualifying mark of 1:17.40. It qualifies Lavaire to compete in the marathon event at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships on May 26-28 in Fresno, California. Lavaire finished 20th overall in a field of over 400 runners, which included world caliber marathoners.

"Ronald ran his own race from the outset," said SXU head men's track coach Ed McAllister. "He knew very well the overall pace that he needed to qualify and never wavered from his game plan. By the workouts that he had been running, I felt pretty comfortable that Ronald would make it, however when the gun goes off, anything can happen. For a freshman, who has never competed in events anywhere approaching this distance, to be able to qualify in his first attempt is a true credit to his determination."

The Cougars get back on the track to compete in the Elmhurst Invitational on Saturday, April 15.