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Arizona distance runner Fakler signs with Gold Nuggets

Catherine Fakler

Catherine Fakler


     April 28, 2011


     NEW ORLEANS — Catherine Fakler of Phoenix, Ariz., and Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School has signed a women's cross country scholarship with Xavier University of Louisiana.
     Fakler (pronounced FOCK-ler) has best times of 19 minutes, 22.68 seconds for three miles and 20:44.70 for 5,000 meters. She recorded her 5K best at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional at Gilbert, Ariz., in November.
     Other best times for Fakler include 5:24.98 for 1,600 meters and 11:55.52 for 3,200 meters — both recorded during the current outdoor track season — and 2:28.38 in the 800.
     As a sophomore in 2008, Fakler finished 33rd out of 154 runners in Arizona's Class 5A Division I state meet. She was the Gators' fourth fastest finisher and helped XCP win the team championship.
     Fakler has a 4.0 grade-point average at XCP and a composite ACT score of 30.
     "I am very excited to have Catherine join our women's cross country
program," XU Coach Joseph Moses said. "I expect her to be one of our top three runners this fall."
     Xavier's other female signee for 2011 is Zahri Jackson of Kingwood, Texas.
     Xavier University competes in the NAIA's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and won the last five GCAC women's and men's team championships.


 

 
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