Nuggets, Rush sweep UD titles; Zahri Jackson runs first
October 8, 2011
IRVING, Texas — Xavier University of Louisiana
won the women's and men's team championships of the University of Dallas Invitational
cross country meet Saturday, and XU freshman Zahri Jackson was the women's
The Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush, both five-time defending
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference champions, swept the team titles in a regular-season
meet for the first time since the 2008 Mobile (Ala.) Rampage.
Jackson ran 6,000 meters in 25 minutes, 10.63 seconds
to become the Nuggets' first individual champion since Ebony Harding won the
2009 GCAC title and the second female titlist during Joseph Moses' seven seasons
as XU's coach. Jackson, who won't turn 18 until April, recorded her fourth top-10
finish in six collegiate meets and her third top-five.
All seven Gold Nuggets finished in the top 10 —
Hali Yarmush was second in 26:04.34, Anna D'Souza third in 26:31.85 and
Catherine Fakler fourth in 26:34.62 — and Xavier scored 16 points to win
the team title by 40 points over runner-up Dallas. UD's Rachel Oleksiak placed
fifth to deny the Nuggets a perfect team score.
In the 8,000-meter men's race, Matt Pieri was third in
28:00.55, Kwame Jackson sixth in 29:14.97 and Ray Walston ninth in 29:49.38.
The Gold Rush scored 41 points, followed by Arlington Baptist with 54 and Dallas with 65.
Pieri has 12 top-10s and eight top-fives in three seasons
at Xavier, and Walston, a senior, has 13 top-10s. Kwame Jackson, a freshman and the
brother of Zahri, has four top-10s.
Also in the top 10 for Xavier's women were Ashley Taylor
(sixth, 27:22.45), Darian Towns (seventh, 27:33.94) and Donyť Coleman (10th, 28:18.94).
Yarmush and Towns recorded their first top-10s as collegians. Fakler, a freshman, has
four top-10s and two top-fives. D'Souza and Taylor, both seniors, recorded their first
top-10s of the season.
Xavier has won 14 men's and 11 women's team championships during
Wiley's Jairus Kipkemoi won the men's race in 27:44.51.
This was the last regular-season meet for both XU teams. Next
will be the GCAC Championships at Clinton, Miss., on Oct. 22.