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XU's Drexler-Dreis makes Academic All-District first team
June 4, 2009

Joe Drexler-Dreis

Joe Drexler-Dreis
          NEW ORLEANS — Joe Drexler-Dreis, a summa cum laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in May and a three-year member of the men's cross country team, has been chosen to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 first team in the college division.
     Drexler-Dreis, from Shorewood, Wis., and Shorewood High School, qualified academically with a 4.0 grade-point average. He is the third Xavier male athlete this year to make an Academic All-District team. Kelechi Okoroha was a second-team selection in basketball, and tennis standout Terry Richardson made the at-large first team.
     Drexler-Dreis was All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference twice and helped the Gold Rush win three consecutive conference team championships and qualify for the 2008 NAIA National Championship. His best time for 8,000 meters was 28 minutes, 41.23 seconds, and he had six career top-10 finishes.
     Drexler-Dreis was a theology and history major at Xavier and has been accepted into Yale University Divinity School.
     District 6 comprises schools from six states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. There are eight districts nationwide, and teams represent the university division (NCAA Division I members) or the college division (everyone else, including Xavier). Nominees must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale). They also must have completed at least one full calendar year at their current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. First-team all-district members advance to the Academic All-America ballot.
     Checks of multiple sources produced no Xavier representatives before this year on Academic All-District or Academic All-America teams, which are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
Men's Track and Field/Cross Country College Division District 6 Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
R.J. Cowan Texas-Tyler Gr. Tyler, Texas 3.81, 4.0 (grad) Health and Kinesiology
Joe Drexler-Dreis Xavier Sr. Shorewood, Wis. 4.0 Theology and History
Brian Jones Harding Sr. Birmingham, Ala. 3.95 Math, Vocational Ministry
Todd Wildman Trinity (Texas) Sr. Dallas, Texas 3.66 Business Administration/Accounting
Kirby Dunn Wayland Baptist Jr. Bowie, Texas 4.0 Business Administration
Josh Wayland Oklahoma Christian Sr. Olathe, Kan. 3.77 Marketing
Greg Pivarunas Dallas Jr. Elma, N.Y. 3.74 double major in English and Classics
Shayn Weidner Incarnate Word Jr. Marion, Texas 3.86 Mathematics
Artur Kern Harding Gr. Hrubieszow, Poland 3.32, 3.56 (grad) Political Science, History
Zach Brush Trinity (Texas) So. Edmond, Okla. 3.62 Engineering Science


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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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