Finishing first in three separate events at the 2013 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on April 20, sophomore John Stancato (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) of the men's track and field team was selected as the World Hyundai-Saint Xavier April Athlete of the Month when the honor was announced Wednesday. Stancato, a biology (pre-medicine) major at SXU, also set a new conference record with a time of 10.99 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the conference meet in addition to winning the 200-meter dash (22.58 seconds) and anchoring the conference champion 4x400 meter relay team. He was the highest individual point scorer at the CCAC Championships accounting for 38 of SXU's points at the meet.
Stancato had a very busy day at the conference meet placing second overall in the javelin throw as well as third place in the pole vault and anchoring the 4x100 meter relay team that finished in third place. Outside of the CCAC Championships, Stancato finished second overall in the 100-meter dash at the Eagle Invitational at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., on April 13. Against primarily NCAA Division I competitors at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich, on April 27, he took fourth place in the championship division of the 100-meter dash (10.98 seconds) and sixth in the championship division of the 200-meter dash (22.35). Stancato also established a personal-best time of 10.84 seconds in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash at the highly competitive Chicagoland Championships hosted by Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., back on April 6.
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