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Nuggets beat Big East team, place second in Florida meet
September 22, 2012

Results:  Men    Women

     DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Xavier University of Louisiana got top-10 finishes from Zahri Jackson and Catherine Fakler and placed second out of 12 women's teams Saturday in the ASICS Embry-Riddle Classic cross country meet.
     It's the Gold Nuggets' highest finish in a meet of 10 or more schools since November 2003. Jackson broke 20 minutes for 5,000 meters for the fourth time at Xavier, placing sixth in 19:53.23. Fakler was 10th in 20:15.88. Xavier scored 70 points — NAIA No. 20 Embry-Riddle won with 47 — and the Gold Nuggets beat all three NCAA Division I opponents, including Seton Hall of the Big East Conference.
     Xavier's men placed fifth out of 13 teams and fourth out of 12 collegiate teams. Senior Matt Pieri led the Gold Rush, running 8,000 meters in 27:49.81 to finish seventh. It was Pieri's 15th career top-10. Kwame Jackson, Zahri's older brother, was 10th in 28:26.71.
     Both Gold Nuggets freshmen ran 5K season bests — Briana Simms placed 13th in 20:23.06, and Hannah Finnegan was 29th in 21:19.12. Hali Yarmush was 14th in 20:24.22, Donyť Coleman was 50th in 22:25.13, and Paige Rochelle was 79th in 25:20.23.
     On the Gold Nuggets' all-time 5K list, Jackson's time ranks 11th, Fakler's 17th and Simms' 21st.
     David Holobowicz placed 25th for the XU men in 29:38.51. Aaron Yarmush was 50th in 31:25.60, Emmanuel Detiege was 61st in 32:19.28 and Charles Shaw was 74th in 32:59.77.
     Embry-Riddle's 15th-ranked men won that team title by 47 points over runner-up Seton Hall. The Eagles' Evans Kirwa, the reigning NAIA National Runner of the Week, won the race by more than a minute — 25:25.02 to teammate Vincent Bett's 26:30.57 — and earned his second victory of the season. Embry-Riddle's Ellie Staker won the women's race in 18:43.12.
     Xavier will not race this weekend. The Rush and Nuggets will compete next Oct. 5 in the Mississippi College/Watson Ford Invitational at Clinton, Miss.


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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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