CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's track and field team opened up its 2014 outdoor season at the Ted Haydon Invitational hosted by the University of Chicago on Saturday, April 5. Highlights for the Cougars from this unscored meet included junior John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) winning the 100-meter dash and finishing third overall in the 200-meter dash in times of 11.33 and 22.53, respectively. In addition, junior Janis Pastars (Ogre, Latvia/Cameron University) won the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:01.24 and freshman Abel Hernandez (Alsip, Ill./Shepard) finished second in the 5000-meter run in 15:26.
"This was a good opportunity to get the rust off," stated SXU men's track and field coach Ed McAllister. "Many of our guys haven't competed in five weeks, so it was good to see where we were after a long, cold winter. Stancato looked strong, as did Pastars. Hernandez proved that he is able to handle the longer distances. Overall, we are where we should be right now."
Saint Xavier heads to Romeoville, Ill., this weekend to take part in the Chicagoland Championships hosted by Lewis University. The Cougars plan to compete on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.