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XU wins GCAC all-sports trophy for 2nd consecutive year
June 11, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is the winner of the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award, for the second consecutive year.
     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 GCAC championships in men's cross country, women's cross country, women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball, finished the year with 44 points. SUNO was second with 33 points, and Edward Waters was third with 30.
     It's the second time that Xavier has won the award. The athletics department finished in the top three for the past eight seasons.
     Xavier has won 36 conference/group team championships and
Thomas Howell Cup
2011-12 Standings

No. School Points
1. Xavier 44
2. SUNO 33
3. Edward Waters 30
4. Dillard 30
5. Tougaloo 27
6. Talladega 27
7. Fisk 12
8. Philander Smith 8
earned 27 berths in NAIA national championships during the past seven seasons. Xavier suspended intercollegiate athletics in 2005-06 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In six seasons since then, the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets have combined for 32 conference/group team championships and 24 berths in NAIA national championships.

Thomas Howell Cup winners

School Year Cup Winner Points XU Finish XU Points
2011-12 Xavier 44 1st 44
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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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