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Ethiopia native Holobowicz signs to run for Gold Rush

David Holobowicz

David Holobowicz

     May 31, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — David Holobowicz, born in Ethiopia but living in Montgomery, Texas, is Xavier University of Louisiana's first men's cross country signee for the 2012 season.
     Holobowicz (pronounced holla-bob-itch) was a four-time team MVP for Montgomery High School and will graduate Saturday. He had the third-fastest 4,000-meter time — 12 minutes, 47.7 seconds — during the 2010 U.S. prep cross country season, according to the website MileSplit.us. Holobowicz qualified four times for the regional meet and twice for the state meet. As a junior he was second-team all district and finished 41st in the state in Class 4A.
     In track and field, Holobowicz was a 2011 regional qualifier in the 3,200 outdoors. His best times include 16:03 for 5,000 meters in cross country and 4:41.61 in the 1,600 and 10:00.78 in the 3,200 in track.
     Holobowicz moved from Ethiopia to New Hampshire in 2000 when he was adopted by Americans. His new family, which has grown to 13 children, moved to Texas in 2004. Montgomery is a suburb about 55 miles north of Houston.
     "I really like the school and the people in the cross country program," said Holobowicz, who will major in physics at Xavier. "Coach (Joseph) Moses is passionate about running and has a good sense of humor."
     Xavier's men won the past six Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team championships and qualified for three of the past four NAIA National Championships. The Gold Rush's 41 victories in 2011 were a school record. The XU men return five All-GCAC runners from this past season, including 2011 champion Kwame Jackson and 2010 champion Matt Pieri.


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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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