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Xavier will aim for its seventh consecutive GCAC team championships in men's and women's cross country.

Coach Joseph Moses — on the left side of the back row — and some of his Xavier track and field athletes posed for a team photo Thursday outside the new Convocation Center. Front row, from left: Chelsea James, Chartia Hurt, Tayler Louis, Devinn Rolland, Tramaine Shannon, Zahri Jackson and Hannah Flanagan. Back row, from left: Moses, Kwame Jackson, Briana Simms, Chris Kenner, Catherine Fakler and David Holobowicz.

XU will play host to GCAC Championships on April 13

February 14, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana and Tad Gormley Stadium will play host to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships on April 13 — one of nine meets on XU's 2013 outdoor track and field schedule for men and women.
     Coach Joseph Moses announced the schedule Thursday. This will be the fourth season in XU's most recent revival of the sport.
     Xavier will compete with Dillard, Edward Waters, Fisk, Philander Smith, SUNO and Tougaloo in the GCAC meet. Xavier's women won the team championship in 2011.
     The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will compete in six Louisiana meets, including the first four on the schedule. They'll open the season March 2 at Gormley in the Tulane Team Challenge. NCAA Division I members will play host to five additional meets on the schedule, including the LSU Relays March 22-23 and the LSU Alumni Gold on April 20.
     Starting times are not yet available for all meets. The LSU Relays will begin at 4 p.m. the first day and 10 a.m. the second day. The Mississippi College Twilight on April 5 will begin field events at 1 p.m. and track events at 4 p.m. LSU Alumni Gold will start at 9 a.m.
     In addition to aiming for GCAC titles, the Nuggets and Rush will try to meet qualifying standards for the NAIA National Championships on May 23-25 at Marion, Ind. XU's Devinn Rolland qualified for nationals in three events last season as a freshman; she earned All-America honors by finishing sixth in the long jump, and she reached the semifinals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Rolland, a 4.0 student through three XU semesters, was the 2012 GCAC champion in all three events.
     Xavier's other returning 2012 GCAC champions are Kwame Jackson in the men's 5,000, Zahri Jackson (Kwame's sister) in the women's 800 and Catherine Fakler in the women's 1,500. All three are sophomores.

2013 Xavier University of Louisiana Outdoor Track and Field Schedule
March 2 (Sat.):  Tulane Team Challenge at Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans
March 9 (Sat.):  McNeese Cowboy Relays at McNeese Cameron Communications Track and Field Complex, Lake Charles, La.
March 16 (Sat.):  Louisiana Classics at Cajuns Track/Soccer Facility, Lafayette, La.
March 22-23 (Fri.-Sat.):  LSU Relays at Bernie Moore Track Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
April 5 (Fri.):  Mississippi College Twilight Invitational at James E. Parkman Track, Clinton, Miss.
April 13 (Sat.):  Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans
April 20 (Sat.):  LSU Alumni Gold at Bernie Moore Track Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
April 27 (Sat.):  Golden Eagle Classic at Southern Miss Soccer Complex, Hattiesburg, Miss.
May 23-25 (Thu.-Sat.):  NAIA Outdoor Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.


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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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