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Xavier Big Easy Opener  (August 29)

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Xavier was one of nine current members — one of two from the South — to qualify its men's and women's teams four or more times apiece for NAIA Cross Country National Championships from 2008-12. To the right is the list of nine.
British Columbia
Cal State San Marcos
College of Idaho
Concordia (Ore.)
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Lewis-Clark State
Shawnee State

Men's Cross Country
updated July 1, 2014

Head Coach:   Joseph Moses (10th season), (504) 520-5007 or jmoses@xula.edu
Publicity Contact:   Ed Cassiere, (504) 520-5707 or ecassier@xula.edu

Next:   The Gold Rush will begin the 2014 season on Friday, August 29 in the Xavier Big Easy Opener at City Park in New Orleans. The men's 5,000-meter race will begin at 6 p.m. The XU men will attempt to win a ninth consecutive conference team championship. Most, if not all, of the distance runners also will compete in track and field during the 2015 spring semester.

Most Recently:   David Holobowicz finished 310th at the 2013 NAIA National Championships at Lawrence, Kan.
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Winner, Winner:   The Gold Rush won 18 team championships during Joseph Moses' first nine seasons as head coach. That includes two victories in 2013.

Recruiting:   New to the 2013 team were:
  •  Christopher August of Spring, Texas
  •  Brent Kitto of Chalmette, La.

2013 Highlights:   click here

Sustained Success:   Xavier's men won the last eight Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team championships — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 — and produced GCAC individual champions Ray Walston in 2009, Matt Pieri in 2010 and 2012 and Kwame Jackson in 2011 and 2013.

Degrees Matter Too:   Of the 29 senior female and male student-athletes to run for Coach Joseph Moses, 25 received degrees from Xavier.

Best and the Brightest:   XU's Matt Pieri and Javon Mead were chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America® college division men's track and field/cross country team in 2011-12. Pieri was a second-team selection, and Mead made the third team. Pieri and Mead are the second and third from Xavier to be chosen to an Academic All-America squad. Distance runner Joe Drexler-Dreis made the second team in men's track and field/cross country in 2009.
     2013 Xavier University of Louisiana men's cross country team

Xavier University of Louisiana's 2013 men's cross country team

Xavier appearances at the
NAIA National Championships

Team in 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Individuals in 1994, 1997, 1998,
1999, 2000, 2003 and 2013

GCAC    Xavier's Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference Champions

Team — 2006, 2007, 2008,
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
Individual — Farris Gransberry in 2000,
Ray Walston in 2009,
Matt Pieri in 2010 and 2012,
Kwame Jackson in 2011 and 2013

Xavier's 2012 men's cross country team      Xavier won its seventh consecutive GCAC team championship in 2012. The Gold Rush scored 15 points at that meet — the first perfect score since by a GCAC men's champion since 1996.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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