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XU's Pieri wins GCAC award for third time this season
September 29, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Matt Pieri is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Runner of the Week in men's cross country for the third time this season.
     Pieri, a sophomore from New Orleans and a graduate of Brother Martin High School, ran 8,000 meters in 29 minutes, 11.81 seconds Saturday to finish 32nd out of 81 runners in the LSU Invitational at Baton Rouge, La. His time was one of Xavier's four fastest in its last six LSU Invitational appearances dating to 2002. Pieri competed in a field in which nine of the 10 scoring teams were from NCAA Division I. Xavier is an NAIA member.
     Pieri is the second Gold Rush harrier to win the GCAC award three or more times in a season since its establishment in 2008. Mark Dotson won five times in 2009. Xavier has won all four GCAC men's Runner of the Week awards this season — Ray Walston earned the other — and 11 of 13 since the start of the 2009 season.
     NOTES:  Xavier Coach Joseph Moses announced that Xavier opted out of the ASICS McNeese Cowboy Stampede on Oct. 9 and will compete instead in the Mississippi College/Watson Ford Invitational at Clinton, Miss., on Oct. 8. The women's 6,000-meter race will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men's 8,000-meter race at 5:15 p.m.


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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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