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Mead, Pieri, Fakler, Rolland selected Academic All-District

May 30, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Four from Xavier University of Louisiana — Javon Mead, Matt Pieri, Catherine Fakler and Devinn Rolland — were announced Thursday as Capital One Academic All-District 4 college division members in track and field/cross country.
     Mead and Pieri, named to
     Javon Mead

Javon Mead
     Matt Pieri

Matt Pieri
     Catherine Fakler

Catherine Fakler
     Devinn Rolland

Devinn Rolland
the men's team, are the first from Xavier to be Academic All-District twice.
     Mead, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, is an accounting major with a 3.69 grade-point average. He has been All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference three times in cross country and finished fifth at the GCAC meet in 2011 and 2012.
     Pieri, a senior from New Orleans and a graduate of Brother Martin High School, is a pharmacy major with a 3.62 GPA. He has been All-GCAC four times in cross country and was the GCAC individual champion in 2010 and 2012. He was the GCAC outdoor track champion at 1,500 and 5,000 meters in 2011.
     Fakler, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School, is an English major with a 4.0 GPA. She scored a meet-high 40 points in April at the GCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which the Gold Nuggets won. In cross country, Fakler holds the XU women's record of 24 minutes, 7.38 seconds for 6,000 meters and has been All-GCAC twice.
     Rolland, a sophomore from Harvey, La., and a graduate of Cabrini High School, is a chemistry/pre-pharmacy major with a 4.0 GPA. She was the GCAC outdoor track champion in the 100, 200 and long jump as a freshman and sophomore. She qualified for the NAIA National Championships in all three events both seasons, and she was a 2012 NAIA All-American in the long jump.
     The College Sports Information Directors of America selected the teams. Xavier has produced nine Academic All-District athletes, all in the past five seasons. District 4 in the college division comprises athletes in Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
     Nominees must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. They also must have completed at least one full calendar year at their current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. First-team Academic All-District members advance to the Academic All-America® ballot. The college division Academic All-America® team will be announced June 24. Pieri was Academic All-America® second team a year ago, and Mead made the third team.


XU student-athletes who were CoSIDA Academic All-District selections

Season Sport Team Name Yr. Hometown
2008-09 Men's Basketball 2nd Kelechi Okoroha Sr. Missouri City, Texas
2008-09 Men's At-Large (Tennis) 1st Terry Richardson Sr. Ellenwood, Ga.
2008-09 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Joe Drexler-Dreis Sr. Shorewood, Wis.

2010-11 Women's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Brianna Dekine So. Culver City, Calif.

2011-12 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Javon Mead So. Baton Rouge, La.
2011-12 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Matt Pieri Jr. New Orleans, La.

2012-13 Women's Volleyball 1st Taylor Reuther So. Metairie, La.
2012-13 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Javon Mead Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
2012-13 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Matt Pieri Sr. New Orleans, La.
2012-13 Women's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Catherine Fakler So. Phoenix, Ariz.
2012-13 Women's Track and Field/Cross Country 1st Devinn Rolland So. Harvey, La.

 

 
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