CHICAGO – The 2014 version of the Saint Xavier University men's indoor track team opened up its new season in Romeoville, Ill., at the Lewis University Open back on January 17. Highlights from this un-scored opening competition were junior John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) in both the 55-meter and the 200-meter runs. Stancato took fourth overall in the 55-meter run with a time of 6.59 seconds and fourth again in the 200-meter dash in 23.39 seconds. Also highlighted in this meet was the second place finish of sophomore Rexford Wiafe (Chicago, Ill./Calumet College/Bloom) in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:26.14.
In its next meet on January 25, the Cougars next took part in the NCAA-NAIA Challenge at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. Leading the way for the Cougars was junior Matt Krakowski (Alsip, Ill./Marist) with a solid third place finish in the 400-meter run at 51.35. In addition, senior Brian Corcoran (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) finished fifth in the mile run with a time of 4:28.74.
After a weather postponement on February 1, the Cougars ran next at the Windy City Rumble hosted by the University of Chicago on February 8. Highlights for this day included Krakowski running fourth in the 200-meter dash in 23.35, Stancato's second place finish in the 400 meter run at 52.14 and Wiafe in the 800-meter run with a third place finish at 2:00.55.
"The indoor season is divided up into preparatory meets and the final two meets, from which we hope to qualify athletes for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships," said SXU head men's track coach Ed McAllister. "We have started to see some serious development of our runners, most notably in Stancato, Krakowski and Wiafe. Next week at the Chicagoland Championships, we will 'turn them loose' and see how far along we are. I feel confident that we will have some serious national caliber runners."