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Xavier runners No. 1 in GCAC preseason ratings
August 19, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is No. 1 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's and women's cross country preseason ratings released Monday by the NAIA.
     Conference ratings have replaced regional ratings in the NAIA as part of a qualifying change for the national meet. For the first time since 2000, conference champions will qualify automatically for the NAIA National Championships.
     Both the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets are two-time defending GCAC champions.
     Conference ratings will resume Sept. 8, the first of nine consecutive Mondays.
     Xavier returns seven All-GCAC runners: Joe Drexler-Dreis, Bryan Khan, David Salmon and Darren Wallace on the men's team and Ashley Broden, Ebony Harding and Stacey Windon on the women's.
     Xavier's men and women will open their seasons Aug. 29 in the Tulane Green Wave Invitational at City Park in New Orleans. The women's two-mile race will start at 6 p.m., followed by the men's 5,000-meter race at 6:30.

    
GCAC Preseason Ratings
Men's Cross Country
1. Xavier
2. Spring Hill
3. Mobile
4. Loyola
5. Belhaven
6. Tougaloo
7. SUNO

Women's Cross Country
1. Xavier
2. Spring Hill
3. Belhaven
4. Mobile
5. Loyola
6. Tougaloo
7. SUNO

 

 
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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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