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Gold Nuggets receive most points ever in NAIA rankings

October 24, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana reached new heights Wednesday in the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Gold Nuggets received a school-record 18 points from the panel of 25 coaches and rank 34th.
     The previous XU mark for poll points was 14 in the 2008 preseason. This is the 23rd time that the Gold Nuggets received points — the first time was in 2002 — and the fourth time they collected 10 or more points. Three of those double-figure occasions occured this season.
     This is the third time this season that the Nuggets rank 34th. They were 37th a week ago with three points.
     The XU women qualified automatically for the NAIA National Championships after a resounding victory Saturday in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Clinton, Miss. Xavier had the top six finishers — Zahri Jackson, Catherine Fakler, Briana Simms, Hali Yarmush, Hannah Finnegan and Donyť Coleman — in the 5,000-meter race, and Jackson and Fakler became the first Nuggets to run that distance in less than 19 minutes. Jackson (18:54.69) won by about a half-second over Fakler to repeat as GCAC individual champion. Xavier won the team championship for a GCAC-record-tying seventh consecutive season, this time by 63 points over runner-up Edward Waters. Xavier is 33-9 against all opponents this season.
     Both XU teams qualified for the national meet, which will be Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash. The Gold Nuggets and the Gold Rush will compete at nationals for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five years.
     The final two polls of 2012 will be released Nov. 4 and 22.

    
NAIA Women's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points Last
1 Cal State San Marcos (22) 653 1
2 British Columbia 628 2
3 College of Idaho (3) 604 3
4 Olivet Nazarene 599 4
5 Biola 569 5
6 Carroll (Mont.) 547 6
7 Northwest Christian 522 7
8 Westmont 501 8
9 Cornerstone 484 9
10 Oklahoma Baptist 472 11
11 Dordt 440 10
12 Lewis-Clark State 407 13
13 The Master's 394 14
14 Rocky Mountain 361 15
15 Huntington (Ind.) 346 24
16 Concordia (Calif.) 337 16
17 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 319 22
18 St. Francis (Ill.) 296 17
19 Milligan 279 19
20 Concordia (Neb.) 275 23
21 Aquinas 243 12
22 Eastern Oregon 207 21
23 Taylor 174 25
24-tie Northwest 131 RV
24-tie SCAD Savannah 131 NR

Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier 130, Indiana Wesleyan 107, Southern Oregon 52, Central Methodist 41, Shawnee State 41, Doane 37, Rogers State 23, Spring Arbor 19, Xavier 18, Park 15, Baker 10, Lee (Tenn) 6.

 

 
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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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