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2013 Xavier University of Louisiana Men's Cross Country Preview
Rush ready to streak toward 8th consecutive GCAC title

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     The numbers — all active streaks — are impressive:
     •  Seven consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team championships.
     •  Four consecutive GCAC individual champions.
     •  Four consecutive 1-2-3 individual finishes at the GCAC meet.
     Because 6-of-7 lettermen return from last season, you can expect the 2013 Xavier University of Louisiana men's cross country team to be a strong favorite to continue its conference dominance.
About the Gold Rush

Head Coach:  Joseph Moses (LSU 1994), ninth season; 212-319 at Xavier
2012 Overall Record:  28-44
2012 GCAC Finish:  1st place out of 6 schools
2012 NAIA Finish:  31st place out of 31 schools
Lettermen:  6 returning, 1 lost
     "It takes a lot of work to reach those kinds of numbers," said ninth-year coach Joseph Moses. "Proper preparation, a lot of good miles in workouts, knowing how to run your race and avoid injuries. We have been blessed at Xavier to have those things fall our way over an extended period of time. Our program has steadily improved and continues to strive for excellence."
     Kwame Jackson, a junior and the 2011 GCAC individual champion, heads the list of returning lettermen. Also back are seniors Javon Mead and Charles Shaw, junior Emmanuel Detiege and sophomores David Holobowicz and Aaron Yarmush. All six have been All-GCAC — based on top-10 finishes at the conference meet — at least once. Jackson, Mead and Detiege have earned that distinction in multiple years.
     Jackson was third in the GCAC in 2012, about eight seconds slower for 8,000 meters than his winning time the previous year. But he still managed to record a career-best 8K time of 26:52.13 during the regular season — Xavier's third fastest time of the last 10 seasons — and produce four top-10 finishes. Jackson will attempt to become the GCAC's fourth man to win the individual championship twice.
     Mead, fifth in the GCAC in 2012 and 2011 and third as a freshman, will attempt to become the fourth XU runner to be All-GCAC four times. Mead also stars in the classroom; he was a third-team Capital One Academic All-America college division selection the last two years.
     Shaw is the one of the oldest intercollegiate athletes ever — the ex-Marine will celebrate his 39th birthday in mid-September — and has earned Moses' respect for his commitment and desire to train and compete. Detiege, eighth in the GCAC the last two years, shaved 10 seconds from his career-best 8K time at the 2012 national meet.
     Holobowicz was the GCAC runner-up a year ago — his 8K time of 27:38.62 was the second fastest at this meet in the last four seasons — and he was Xavier's fastest finisher at nationals. Yarmush placed fourth in the GCAC and was Xavier's No. 3 finisher at nationals.
     The team has two newcomers, sophomore Brent Kitto and freshman Christopher August. Kitto is a four-time Louisiana state champion in track and field and a transfer from Louisiana Tech, where he was faster in 2011 than every Xavier runner — including Jackson and Matt Pieri, a four-time All-GCAC runner and the GCAC individual champ in 2012 and 2010 — at the LSU Invitational. August's best times include 4:27 for 1,600 meters and 16:20 for three miles.
     The GCAC team champion will qualify automatically for the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 23 at Lawrence, Kan. Xavier reached nationals four of the past five seasons, missing only in 2010. The GCAC meet will be Oct. 26 in Clinton, Miss., and Xavier will be the host school. Last year the Gold Rush recorded a perfect score in conference, 15 points, for the first time since Mobile in 1996.
     Xavier will compete five times before the conference meet and begin the season Aug. 30 in the Mississippi College Opener in Clinton on the same course where the XU men will defend their GCAC title.
     "Certainly our ultimate goal is to see how high we can climb at nationals," Moses said. "But to get there, we have to win conference. That's an important first step. So we will prepare accordingly."


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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