Lawrence, Kan. - The Saint Xavier University men's cross country team completed its 2013 season with a 19th place finish overall in the highly competitive 32-team field at the NAIA Cross Country National Championship at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday. It was the highest team postseason finish for the Cougars in the 10-year history of the program. SXU was led by senior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), who ended his brilliant collegiate cross country career with a 58th place individual finish among the 313 runners who competed with a time of 25:32.
Next for the Cougars was senior Shane Kenney
(Porter, Ind./Chesterton) in 140th place at 26:15. The third finisher for Saint Xavier was sophomore Eric Hancock
(Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) in 162th place with 26:24, closely followed by freshman Abel Hernandez
(Alsip, Ill./Shepard) in 164th place with a time of 26:25. The final scorer for the Cougars was senior Chris Shellenberger
(Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) in 180th place running in 26:32. The final two runners for the Cougars were senior Chris Sarna
(Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) in 189th place at 26:37 and junior Kyle Counter
(Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) in 220th place at 26:55. The race was not without mishap as Hancock was spiked inadvertently by another runner early in the race, subsequently lost his shoe and ran over four miles with only one shoe in the freezing weather.
"I am quite satisfied with our overall performance," said SXU men's cross country coach Ed McAllister
. "The injury to Hancock probably cost us about three or four places, but nothing can take away the overall success of the day and the season. This team stepped up over and over when their backs were against the wall and I couldn't be more proud of their performances. Kenney ran the greatest race of his career and Abel Hernandez
also ran a personal best. This was overall a fantastic day and season for the Cougars."