CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's track team had a busy weekend splitting the team over two meets with one group participating at the Grand Valley State University Tune-Up in Allendale, Mich., last Friday and the rest of the squad heading to University of Chicago's Margaret Bradley Classic Saturday. The Cougar runners had resounding success qualifying two individual runners for the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships and achieving season-best times for three of the runners. Friday's highlights included junior Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) qualifying in the 800-meter run with an outstanding time 1:56.51 besting the NAIA qualifying mark of 1:56.65, while junior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) added to his qualifying list by running a national qualifying time of 4:21.8 in the mile run. Sophomore John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) notched a solid 22.57 in the 200-meter dash as well.
In Saturday's Classic, Stancato pulled "double duty" finished third overall in the 55-meter dash in 6.63 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 22.92 seconds. Sophomore Matt Krakowski (Alsip, Ill./Marist) finished second overall in the 400-meter dash in 52.92. Sophomore Dan Spencer (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) finished third in the 55-meter high hurdles in 8.23 seconds, while freshman Eric Hancock (Mishawaka, Ind./Misawaka) took third place in the 3000-meter run in 8:55. The duo of juniors Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) and Chris Sarna (Palos Park, Ill./Stagg) capped a 2-4 finish in the 5000-meter run in 15:48 and 15:55, respectively.
This meet ends the regular indoor season for the Cougars and the team now awaits the indoor national meet with national qualifiers in the 800-meter run in Kenney and Corcoran. Corcoran also qualified in the mile run and SXU's distance medley relay (DMR) team also qualified for the national meet. The 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships take place in Geneva, Ohio, from February 28 through March 2.