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Salmon sets men's school record for four miles
For immediate release . . . September 7, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Freshman David Salmon set a Xavier University of Louisiana men's record of 22 minutes, 39.36 seconds for four miles Friday in the Southern Miss Invitational cross country meet at Tatum Park.

David Salmon

In his second collegiate meet, David Salmon broke Xavier's 4-mile record by more than 20 seconds.
   Salmon, in his second collegiate meet, shattered Farris Gransberry's 1999 record of 23:02. Salmon finished fifth out 79 runners and led the Gold Rush to a second-place finish out of 12 teams with 68 points. West Alabama was first with 53 points. Xavier finished ahead of four Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opponents.

Three other Gold Rush runners placed in the top 20. Freshman Milo Barry was 12th in 23:38.17, junior Darren Wallace was 16th in 24:05.91, and junior Joe Drexler-Dreis was 17th in 24:10.10.

The men's individual champion was Vincent Tanui, who ran unattached, in 21:04.70.

Xavier's men are 11-1 after two meets this season.

In the women's race, Xavier junior Ebony Harding ran 5,000 meters in 22:03.27 to finish 10th out of 90 runners. It was the season debut for Harding, who missed the season-opening Tulane Green Wave Invitational on Aug. 31 because of a scheduling conflict.

Four of the five Gold Nuggets finished in the top half of the field. Junior Ashley Broden was 24th in 23:38.33.

Xavier's women scored 160 points to place seventh out of 12 schools. Tulane won the women's team title with 16 points and had the first four finishers, including champion Aubrey Phillips in 19:08.98.

Xavier will compete on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Xavier/Loyola Big Easy Invitational at Audubon Park in New Orleans. The women will run 5,000 meters at 9 a.m., and the men will run 8,000 meters at 9:30 a.m.


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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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