Xavier teams win fifth straight GCAC championships
November 5, 2010
GCAC and NAIA qualifying
GCAC and NAIA qualifying
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Xavier University of
Louisiana cross country teams won their fifth consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference men's and women's championships Friday.
The GCAC team and individual titles were determined from
scoring at the NAIA Championships qualifying meet.
Xavier sophomore Matt Pieri ran 8,000 meters in 28 minutes,
57 seconds to win the GCAC men's individual title. SUNO sophomore Monicah Jepkemboi
won the GCAC women's individual title, running 5,000 meters in 19:37.
Jepkemboi and teammate Trydy-Ann Williams both qualified
for the NAIA National Championships in two weeks. Jepkemboi was second in the
qualifying meet — which included teams from the TranSouth Athletic Conference and
the Association of Independent Institutions — and Williams finished three seconds
ahead of Xavier's Anna D'Souza for the last of five women's at-large individual berths.
Xavier won the GCAC men's title with 19 points, followed by
Edward Waters with 50 points and Dillard with 55. Xavier scored 27 points to repeat as
GCAC women's champion, followed by SUNO with 59 points, Edward Waters with 76 and Dillard with 78.
All-GCAC honors went to the top 10 men's and women's finishers.
Earning that men's honor included Xavier's Pieri and teammates Ray Walston, Javon Mead,
Charles Shaw and Ryan Thompson, Dillard's Emory Nash and Byron Myles and SUNO's Norbert
Miller. The women's All-GCAC performers are SUNO's Jepkemboi and Williams, Dillard's
Destinee Showell and Xavier's D'Souza, Brianna Dekine, Donyť Coleman, Ashley Taylor,
Dominique Webb, Yazmin Ramirez and Rubeneisha Cooper.
Walston and D'Souza were All-GCAC for the third time.
Pieri, Dekine and Taylor are two-time All-GCAC runners. Xavier set school
records with seven All-GCAC women and five All-GCAC men.
It was the second straight year and the third time in the
program history that the Gold Rush produced the GCAC individual champion. Walston won
the award a year ago but finished 16 seconds behind Pieri this time. Last year Pieri
was fourth in the GCAC and 45 seconds behind Walston.
Pieri was 16th in the qualifying standings and missed
the final at-large spot by nearly a minute.
Xavier's Joseph Moses was chosen GCAC Coach of the Year by his peers
for the fifth straight time on the men's side and for the second straight year and
the fourth time in five seasons on the women's.
Union (Tenn.) qualified both its teams for the NAIA national meet
and had the fastest overall finishers — Edwin Kurgat (26:28) in the men's race and Allison
Martin (19:20) in the women's.
The Gold Nuggets scored 84 points to finish third out of
10 women's teams in the NAIA qualifier. Union scored 21 points, and Blue Mountain had 57.
XU scored 110 points to finish fourth out of eight men's teams. Union won with 28
points, followed by Blue Mountain with 50 and Bethel (Tenn.) with 51.
This was the final meet of the season for Xavier, which
automatically qualified its teams for the NAIA National Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Xavier teams with the most consecutive conference championships|
|6||Men's Outdoor Track and Field||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic||1938-43|
|5||Women's Basketball Regular Season||Gulf Coast Athletic||1994-98|
|5||Women's Basketball Tournament||Gulf Coast Athletic||1994-98|
|5||Men's Tennis||Gulf Coast Athletic||2005-10|
|5||Women's Cross Country||Gulf Coast Athletic||2006-10|
|5||Men's Cross Country||Gulf Coast Athletic||2006-10|
|4||Women's Tennis||Gulf Coast Athletic||2003-07|