Cougars the top NAIA finisher at track meet
St. Xavier University didn’t win the Chicagoland Championships, but no other NAIA men’s track program could surpass the Cougars’ performance.
At a meet featuring schools from all three divisions of the NCAA as well as the NAIA, SXU placed sixth overall in a 17-squad field at North Central College. That represented the Cougars’ highest team finish ever.
Highlighting SXU’s exhibition on Feb. 15 were Brian Corcoran, Shane Kenney and Janis Pastars, who occupied the top three positions in the 1,000-meter run. Both Corcoran (2 minutes, 33.22 seconds) and Kenney (2:33.58) ran national-qualifying times, while Pastars clocked a 2:36.48 in taking third. Pastars did post a qualifying time in the mile run, where his 4:17.34 effort was good for fifth place overall.
Also turning in solid showings on the Cougars’ behalf were John Stancato (fourth in the 200-dash in 22.73; fifth in the 60 in 7.11), Matt Krakowski (51.18 in the 400) and Rexford Wiafe (ninth in the 800 in 1:57.93). Wiafe’s clocking was just off the national-qualifying mark.