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XU makes maximum impact in GCAC all-sports standings
June 8, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana placed third for the fifth straight time in competition for the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award. But the unofficial bang-for-the-buck award clearly belonged to the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets in 2009-10.
     Of Xavier's six teams, five earned maximum all-sports points by finishing first in the regular season (women's basketball, women's tennis and men's tennis) or winning conference championship meets (women's cross country and men's cross country). Of the other nine GCAC members, only Belhaven (baseball and softball) and William Carey (men's soccer and women's soccer) earned maximum points in more than one sport.
     The GCAC awards points in 12 sports — also men's basketball, men's golf and women's volleyball — and points to members participating in NAIA-sanctioned sports where there is no GCAC competition.
     Xavier finished with 40 points in the all-sports standings, trailing Belhaven (49) and Mobile (46). For the first time Belhaven won the cup — which is named for the GCAC's longtime commissioner — and ended Mobile's five-year reign at the top.
     Xavier has won 23 GCAC team championships and earned 17 berths in NAIA national championships during its last five seasons. The Rush and Nuggets combined in 2009-10 for a school-record six GCAC championships, which included the women's basketball tournament.
     Xavier suspended intercollegiate athletics in 2005-06 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In four seasons since then, the Rush and Nuggets have combined for 19 GCAC team championships and 14 berths in NAIA national championships.
     The GCAC will look considerably different in 2010-11. Loyola, Mobile and charter members Belhaven, Spring Hill and William Carey will depart this summer for the Southern States Athletic Conference, and LSU-Shreveport will join the Red River Athletic Conference. New schools in the GCAC this fall will be Edward Waters, Fisk and Voorhees. Women's volleyball will regain intercollegiate status at Xavier this fall after a five-year absence.

Thomas Howell Cup
2009-10 Standings

No. School Points
1. Belhaven 49
2. Mobile 46
3. Xavier 40
4. Spring Hill 39
  William Carey 39
6. Loyola 30
7. LSU-Shreveport 28
8. Tougaloo 18
9. SUNO 15
10. Dillard 13
Thomas Howell Cup winners

School Year Cup Winner Points XU Finish XU Points
2009-10 Belhaven 49 3rd 40
2008-09 Mobile 42 3rd 34
2007-08 Mobile 56 3rd 37
2006-07 Mobile 43 3rd 37
2005-06 No cup awarded because of Hurricane Katrina
2004-05 Mobile 47 3rd 40
2003-04 Mobile 51 2nd 48
2002-03 Spring Hill      
2001-02 Spring Hill      
2000-01 Mobile      
1999-2000 Spring Hill      
1998-99 Mobile      
1997-98 Mobile      
1996-97 Mobile      
1995-96 Mobile      
1994-95 Mobile      
1993-94 Mobile      
1992-93 Mobile      
1991-92 Mobile      
1990-91 Mobile      
1989-90 Mobile      
1988-89 Mobile      
1987-88 Mobile      
1985-86 Louisiana College, William Carey      


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

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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