Romeoville, Ill. – Braving the windy and cold conditions, the Saint Xavier University men's track team opened its 2013 outdoor season at the Chicagoland Championships hosted by Lewis University this past weekend. On Friday night, the longer distance runs and junior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) started the evening with a 10th place finish in the 5K (5000 meters) with a time of 15:20. He was followed by a Cougar trio in the 10K (10000 meters) as junior Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) took fifth overall (32:41) with junior Chris Sarna (Palos Park, Ill./Stagg) and freshman Eric Hancock (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) posting seventh (32:57) and eighth place finishes (32:58), respectively.
Saturday brought heavy winds and the shorter running events on the track. Highlights from Saturday included sophomore John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), taking ninth place in the 100-meter dash in a school record time of 10.84. Stancato was busy on the day turning in a time of 23.48 in the 200-meter dash, good enough for eighth place, and a ninth-place finish in the javelin throw with another school record on a 148'1" toss. Stancato also anchored the Cougar 4x100 relay team to a seventh-place finish. He was joined in the relay by junior Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community), freshman Ben Tracy (Colfax, Ill./Ridgewood) and sophomore Tyler Hoeg (Channahon, Ill./Concordia (Minn.)/Minooka). Additional highlights for the Cougars were sophomore Dan Spencer's (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) sixth-place finish in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 58.74 and junior Shane Kenney (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) taking 12th place in the 800-meter run in 1:58.74.
"I have to be very proud of this opening performance," said Saint Xavier University men's track coach Ed McAllister. "The cold on Friday and the wind on Saturday hampered performances. However, all four of our performers (Corcoran, Shellenberger, Sarna and Hancock) on Friday ran very well. Also Stancato, Spencer and Kenney were quite impressive on Saturday. Overall, it was a very good start for us."
The Cougars head to Benedictine University (Ill.) in Lisle, Ill., to run in the Eagle Invitational on Saturday, April 13. The meet begins at noon.