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Harding, Walston repeat as GCAC Runners of the Week
October 14, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana cross country standouts Ebony Harding and Ray Walston are repeat winners of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Runner of the Week awards.
     Harding, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., earned the women's award for the second time after running 6,000 meters in a school-record 24 minutes, 41.13 seconds Saturday in the University of Dallas Invitational at Irving, Texas. She finished second in the race and led the Gold Nuggets to the team championship.
     Harding broke the 2003 mark of 24:59.9 held by Katrina Davis. Harding ran 5,000 meters in 20:16 on Sept. 16 to set another Xavier record.
     Harding has been Xavier's fastest finisher in all 17 of her collegiate races. She has yet to win but has four runner-up finishes among her six top-five performances.
     Walston, a freshman from Atlanta, received his second GCAC award after running 8,000 meters in 28:41.17 to win the men's division of the University of Dallas Invitational. He led the Gold Rush to the team championship.
     Xavier, an NAIA member, will compete Saturday in the Choctaw Open at Clinton, Miss. The women will run 5,000 meters at 9 a.m., and the men will run four miles at 9:30 a.m. It will be Xavier's fifth competition of the season.
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
2008 Runners of the Week

Sept. 1-7 — Sherri McIntosh, senior, Mobile
Sept. 8-14 — Sherri McIntosh, senior, Mobile
Sept. 15-21 — Sherri McIntosh, senior, Mobile
Sept. 22-28 — Ebony Harding, junior, Xavier
Sept. 29-Oct. 5 — no nominees
Oct. 6-12 — Ebony Harding, junior, Xavier

Sept. 1-7 — Michael Sinkey, freshman, Mobile
Sept. 8-14 — no nominees
Sept. 15-21 — Ray Walston, freshman, Xavier
Sept. 22-28 — no nominees
Sept. 29-Oct. 5 — no nominees
Oct. 6-12 — Ray Walston, freshman, Xavier


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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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