Naperville, Ill. - The Saint Xavier University men's track team ran at the Chicagoland Indoor Track Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., this past weekend. The Cougars had an impressive start to the meet with the team's Distance Medley Relay (DMR) squad of freshman Eric Hancock (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka), sophomore John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), junior Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) and junior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) finishing fourth overall in a school record time of 10:19.70 and met the NAIA's "A" standard qualifying time for the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships held on Thursday, February 28, to Saturday, March 2, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. In addition, Corcoran took fifth overall in the 800-meter run with a "B" standard qualifying time of 1.58.80.
Other outstanding performances included Stancato doubling in the 60 and 200 meter dashes finishing ninth overall in the 60-meter dash (7.14 seconds) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (23.17 seconds). Sophomore Matt Krakowski (Alsip, Ill./Marist) notched a time of 51.93 seconds in the 400-meter dash, while Hancock took sixth place in the 1000-meter run in 2:35.30 and sophomore Dan Spencer (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.88 seconds. Overall, SXU men's track coach Ed McAllister was pleased with his team's performance.
"The relay ran an outstanding race and should perform well at Nationals," said McAllister. "Brian ran a very gutsy race in the 800. We are still a bit nicked up and we have just one more chance to get a few more national qualifiers. I believe that we will perform well this upcoming weekend."
Saint Xavier will split its squad this weekend with some of the team competing at the Grand Valley State University (Mich.) Tune-Up on Friday, February 15, in Allendale, Mich. The rest of the team will compete on Saturday, February 16, at the University of Chicago's Margaret Bradley Classic.