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Xavier rises to the top, collects first GCAC all-sports trophy
May 16, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is the 2010-11 winner of the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award.
     It's the first time that Xavier has won the award. The athletics department finished in the top three the past six seasons.
     The Thomas Howell Cup, named for the GCAC's longtime commissioner, is awarded annually to the school with the most points based on order of finish in various sports. Xavier, boosted by repeat championships in men's cross country, women's cross country and women's basketball, finished the year with 31 points. First-year member Edward Waters was second with 23 points, and Dillard and SUNO tied for third with 20 points apiece.
     Xavier has won 26 GCAC team championships and earned 20 berths in NAIA national championships during its last six seasons. Xavier suspended intercollegiate athletics in 2005-06 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In five seasons since then, the Rush and Nuggets have combined for 22 GCAC team championships and 17 berths in NAIA national championships.
     The GCAC this summer will add two members, Philander Smith and Talladega, to increase league membership to eight schools for 2011-12.

Thomas Howell Cup
2010-11 Standings

No. School Points
1. Xavier 31
2. Edward Waters 23
3. Dillard 20
  SUNO 20
5. Tougaloo 16
6. Fisk 9
Thomas Howell Cup winners

School Year Cup Winner Points XU Finish XU Points
2010-11 Xavier 31 1st 31
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 58 4th 25
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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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