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XU 37th in poll, awaits Saturday defense of GCAC title

October 17, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana collected three points Wednesday in the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll. It's the second consecutive week and the fourth time in seven polls this season that the Gold Nuggets received points.
     The XU women, who did not compete this past week, are 37th in the rankings. Three-time defending national champion Cal State San Marcos is No. 1 for the third consecutive week and the fifth time this season.
     The Gold Nuggets will compete Saturday in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Clinton, Miss. They'll try to win the team championship for the seventh consecutive year. XU sophomore Zahri Jackson will attempt to repeat as individual champion.
     The Gold Rush also have GCAC streaks. The XU men have won the last six team titles and produced the past three individual champions. Two of those runners — senior Matt Pieri (2010 champion) and sophomore Kwame Jackson (2011) — will run Saturday. Jackson is an older brother of Zahri Jackson.
     The 5,000-meter women's race will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 8,000-meter men's race at 8:30. Choctaw Trails Cross Country Course — where Xavier competed October 5 in the Mississippi College/Watson Ford Invitational — is the GCAC Championships site for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in eight seasons. Team champions, plus the top five finishers not on those teams, will qualify for the NAIA National Championships at Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 17.

NAIA Women's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points Last
1 Cal State San Marcos (21) 652 1
2 British Columbia 629 2
3 College of Idaho (2) 607 tie-3
4 Olivet Nazarene 594 tie-3
5 Biola 574 5
6 Carroll (Mont.) 546 6
7 Northwest Christian 517 7
8 Westmont 512 8
9 Cornerstone 476 9
10 Dordt 457 10
11 Oklahoma Baptist 447 12
12 Aquinas 415 14
13 Lewis-Clark State 412 11
14 The Master's 401 13
15 Rocky Mountain 361 15
16 Concordia (Calif.) 323 16
17 St. Francis (Ill.) 305 20
18 Doane 282 tie-18
19 Milligan 249 tie-18
20 Illinois Tech 234 17
21 Eastern Oregon 225 RV
22 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 212 22
23 Concordia (Neb.) 183 23
24 Huntington (Ind.) 180 25
25 Taylor 144 24

Others receiving votes: Northwest 132, Indiana Wesleyan 76, Oregon Tech 69, Shawnee State 63, Saint Xavier 52, Baker 33, Spring Arbor 18, Southern Oregon 18, Trinity Christian 10, Texas Wesleyan 10, Lee (Tenn.) 6, Xavier 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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