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Gold Nuggets earn 11 points, tie for 34th in national poll

October 10, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — The off-again, on-again support continues for Xavier University of Louisiana in the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll.
     The Gold Nuggets did not collect a vote this past week, but they received 11 points in the newest poll announced Wednesday. They're tied for 34th place with the same ranking and votes as two weeks ago. It's Xavier's best national ranking since the 2008 preseason.
     For the season, the XU women have received votes in the second, fourth and sixth polls — but none in the first, third and fifth.
     Xavier made another legitimate claim for votes Friday when it earned its second victory of the season. The Gold Nuggets won the non-NCAA Division I scoring of the Mississippi College/Watson Ford Invitational at Clinton, Miss. It's the first time since 2008 that the Nuggets won two regular-season meets.
     Both Xavier teams are idle this week, but the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will return to Clinton on Oct. 20 for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships. Both teams seek a seventh consecutive league title. And XU sophomore siblings Kwame and Zahri Jackson are the defending individual champions.
     Three-time defending national champion Cal State San Marcos is No. 1 in the poll for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season.

NAIA Women's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points Last
1 Cal State San Marcos (19) 650 1
2 British Columbia 624 2
3-tie College of Idaho (4) 606 4
3-tie Olivet Nazarene 606 3
5 Biola 570 5
6 Carroll (Mont.) 545 6
7 Northwest Christian 517 7
8 Westmont 505 8
9 Cornerstone 463 tie-14
10 Dordt 446 13
11 Lewis-Clark State 434 11
12 Oklahoma Baptist 419 16
13 The Master's 418 12
14 Aquinas 395 9
15 Rocky Mountain 369 tie-14
16 Concordia (Calif.) 348 10
17 Illinois Tech 313 17
18-tie Doane 262 RV
18-tie Milligan 262 18
20 St. Francis (Ill.) 244 22
21 Southern Oregon 237 19
22 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 214 21
23 Concordia (Neb.) 197 19
24 Taylor 191 23
25 Huntington (Ind.) 142 24

Others receiving votes: Eastern Oregon 121, Shawnee State 62, Indiana Wesleyan 59, Baker 47, Saint Xavier 43, Texas Wesleyan 39, Oregon Tech 32, Trinity Christian 18, Xavier 11, Spring Arbor 11, Rogers State 4, Central Methodist 3, Brenau 3.


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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