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XU freshman is GCAC's first Runner of the Week in '09
September 8, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — Mark Dotson of Xavier University of Louisiana is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Runner of the Week in men's cross country for Aug. 31-Sept. 6.
     Dotson, a freshman from Alexandria, La., and a 2009 graduate of Holy Savior Menard Central High School, ran four miles in 21 minutes, 58.43 seconds Friday and finished third out of 33 runners in the season-opening Southern Miss Invitational at Hattiesburg, Miss. Dotson's time is the second fastest in school history.
     Dotson, Matt Pieri and Darren Wallace all placed in the top 10 to help the Gold Rush finish second out of five schools in team scoring. Xavier, an NAIA member, outscored a pair of NCAA Division I opponents, Jackson State and Nicholls State.
     Xavier's next meet will be Saturday in the Wolfpack Invitational at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. The women's race will start at 8 a.m., followed by the men at 8:35. Both races will cover 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).

Xavier's best 4-mile times in men's cross country
Time Name Yr. Location Date
21:24.37 Ray Walston Fr. Choctaw Open, Clinton, Miss. Oct. 18, 2008
21:58.43 Mark Dotson Fr. Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss. Sept. 4, 2009
22:07.33 Darren Wallace Jr. Choctaw Open, Clinton, Miss. Oct. 18, 2008
22:08.95 Matt Pieri Fr. Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss. Sept. 4, 2009
22:39.36 David Salmon Fr. Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss. Sept. 7, 2007
22:52.51 Darren Wallace Sr. Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss. Sept. 4, 2009
23:02 Farris Gransberry Jr. Azalea City Classic, Mobile, Ala. Sept. 24, 1999
Xavier University of Louisiana's Mark Dotson

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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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