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Tulane
Invitational
at City Park

Friday, Aug. 31
Men's Teams (4):   Xavier, Belhaven, Loyola, Southeastern Louisiana.

Women's Teams (7):   Xavier, Belhaven, Jackson State, Loyola, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Tulane.

Distance:   2 miles for both races.

Time:   Women 5 p.m., men 5:30 p.m.

Xavier teams ready for another run at the titles
For immediate release . . . August 30, 2007

NEW ORLEANS — One of the most successful years in the history of Xavier University of Louisiana athletics began last fall, when the men's and women's cross country teams won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships. The 2007 teams appear capable of continuting that momentum.

"We're looking forward to the challenge of defending our titles," said third-year Coach Joseph Moses, whose teams will begin their seasons Friday (Aug. 31) in the Tulane Green Wave Invitational at New Orleans' City Park. "We have a lot of good runners returning, and our newcomers are talented and capable of being competitive in the GCAC."

Of Xavier's six returning letterwinners, five were All-GCAC last year — Ebony Harding, Lonique Moore and Ashley Broden on the women's team, Darren Wallace and Bryan Khan on the men's. Harding and Wallace were second-team NAIA All-Region XIII, and Harding was All-Louisiana and the women's Louisiana Newcomer of the Year. Moses was the men's and women's GCAC and Louisiana Coach of the Year in 2006.

"Our experience and success make a great foundation for this year," Moses said.

Harding, a junior, was the Gold Nuggets' fastest finisher in all seven races last year and finished second in the GCAC meet. Moore (the team's lone senior and third in the GCAC) and Broden (eighth in the GCAC) were all-conference for the second time to help Xavier cruise to a 31-point victory in the team standings. It was the largest winning margin by a GCAC men's or women's champion in the last four seasons.

First-year female runners will be sophomore Jennifer Garcia of San Antonio and freshmen Brittany Everett of Baltimore and Stacey Windon of Baton Rouge, La. Everett led Western High School to second place in Baltimore's city championship and a berth in the Class 3A state meet in 2006. Windon, a former New Orleans resident, was first-team All-Metro at Redemptorist High School in 2006 and finished in the top eight at the Class 3A state meet the past two seasons.

There are no seniors on the men's team. Wallace, a junior, was the Gold Rush's fastest runner in every 2006 race and was fourth in the GCAC meet. Khan was seventh in the GCAC, and Joe Drexler-Dreis was 12th. But unlike the Nuggets, the Rush was pushed to the limit en route to its first GCAC men's title. Despite a higher collective time than runner-up Spring Hill, the Rush won the championship 37-38.

New to the Rush are freshmen Milo Barry of Baltimore, David Salmon of Shorewood, Wis., and Jordan Wilson of Baton Rouge and sophomore Mario Myles of Stone Mountain, Ga. Barry won city and regional championships as a junior. Salmon, a prep teammate of Drexler-Dreis, helped Shorewood High School win three state championships. Wilson was second-team All-Metro as a sophomore at Baton Rouge High and a prep teammate of Wallace and Khan. Myles was All-GCAC in tennis as a freshman.

The Tulane meet will be the Nuggets' first New Orleans race since 2004 and the first for the Rush since 2003. Xavier and its city and GCAC rival, Loyola, will co-host the Big East Invitational on Sept. 15 at Audubon Park, and Xavier will be the host of the GCAC Championships on Oct. 20 at Baton Rouge. Xavier will compete Nov. 3 in the NAIA Region XIII Championships at Rome, Ga., and attempt to qualify for the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 17 at Kenosha, Wis.

 

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

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