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Pieri, Walston finish 1-2, lead XU to Wolfpack Classic title
September 11, 2010

Results:  Men    Women

     NEW ORLEANS — The conditions were considerably drier than a year ago, and Matt Pieri took advantage.
     Pieri, a Xavier University of Louisiana sophomore, ran 5,000 meters in 17 minutes, 8.56 seconds Saturday to win the men's individual championship at the Radisson Hotel Wolfpack Classic cross country meet and lead the Gold Rush to the team championship.
     Pieri, in a field of 53 runners, scored his first collegiate victory and earned his seventh top-10 finish in 11 collegiate races. It was the fifth time he placed in the top five.
     Junior teammate Ray Walston, the reigning Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship, placed second in 17:13.29. It was Walston's 10th top-10 finish at Xavier and his seventh time in the top five.
     Also cracking the top 10 was freshman Javon Mead, who was 10th in 18:32.77 in his second collegiate race. Ex-Marine Charles Shaw (16th place, 18:53.09) and James Hearn (20th, 19:19.53) also scored for the Gold Rush, which repeated as team champion with 42 points, five fewer than runner-up Spring Hill.
     It was the 12th team championship for the Gold Rush in five seasons.
     Xavier scored 65 points to finish third in the women's division, trailing repeat champion Loyola (28) and Spring Hill (57). Anna D'Souza (22:19.99), Donyé Coleman (22:25.87) and Brianna Dekine (22:49.31) finished 13-14-15 to lead the Gold Nuggets.
     The Nuggets' first five finishers all ran faster 5K times than they did in the season opener, and Coleman, a freshman, shaved more than 2˝ minutes off her collegiate debut.
     Although the Xavier women lost to two teams they defeated for a fourth straight GCAC team championship in 2009 — Loyola and Spring Hill now compete in the NAIA's Southern States Athletic Conference — the Nuggets are 6-5 after two meets. A year ago the Nuggets were 0-9 through their first three meets.
     Former collegiate runner Sarah Skotty, competing unattached, was the first female finisher. Her time was 17:27.77. Loyola's Madeline Falcone (20:58.87) placed second in the field of 61.
     Both Xavier teams will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic next Saturday. The meet venue will be Percy Warner Park, the same site as the NAIA National Championships qualifying meet and GCAC Championships on Nov. 5.


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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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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