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Fakler, Rolland selected CoSIDA Academic All-America

Catherine Fakler (photo by Irving Johnson III, Xavier University of Louisiana)

Catherine Fakler

     Devinn Rolland (photo by Irving Johnson III, Xavier University of Louisiana)

Devinn Rolland

     June 25, 2013

More on this Academic All-America team

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana sophomores Catherine Fakler and Devinn Rolland have been chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America® college division women's track and field/cross country team. Both are second-team selections.
     Fakler and Rolland are the fifth and sixth from Xavier to be chosen to an Academic All-America squad. Five were selected in 2012-13, including Matt Pieri (second team) and Javon Mead (third team) in men's track and field/cross country.
     The College Sports Information Directors of America has sponsored the Academic All-America program since 1952. CoSIDA announced the team Monday (June 24). The college division consists of NAIA, National Junior College Athletic Association and Canadian members.
     Xavier is one of 11 schools with two or more females honored. Forty-five student-athletes were selected.
     "This is a tremendous honor for Catherine and Devinn," XU coach Joseph Moses said. "They're both sophomores, but they have accomplished a lot at Xavier so far and are deserving of these accolades. You'll hear much more from these two gifted ladies during the next two years."
     Fakler, from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory High School, is an English major at XU with a 4.0 grade-point average. She was All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in cross country and outdoor track this past year and helped the Gold Nuggets win GCAC team championships in both sports. She was the GCAC croas country runner-up in October — her time of 18 minutes, 55.20 second for 5,000 meters is the second fastest in school history — and she scored a meet-high 40 points at the GCAC track meet in April with victories in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs and the 3,000 steeplechase. She also finished second in the 3,200 relay and 800.
     Rolland, from Harvey, La. (a New Orleans suburb), and a graduate of Cabrini High School, is a chemistry / pre-pharmacy major with a 4.0 GPA. Rolland in 2012 became Xavier's first freshman All-America athlete by virtue of a sixth-place finish in the long jump at the NAIA National Championships. This year Rolland was an NAIA outdoor automatic qualifier in five events — the 100, 200, long jump, 400 and 1,600 relays — and she repeated as GCAC champion in the 100, 200 and long jump. Rolland won six field and three track GCAC Athlete of the Week awards this year. In April she was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
     Academic All-Americans are starters or important reserves 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. Fakler and Rolland were announced May 30 as Academic All-District 4, which automatically advanced them for national consideration.
     Senior Breanna Mathes of Morningside was chosen College Division All-America of the Year.
     Xavier is a seven-time defending GCAC team champion in men's and women's cross country. Both squads qualified for the NAIA National Championships four of the past five seasons, including 2012. Xavier also won two of the last three GCAC outdoor track team championships. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will begin the 2013 cross country season in late August or early September.

2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America
Women's Track and Field/Cross Country
College Division First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Kesha Beethe Peru State Sr. Tecumseh, Neb. 3.89 Sport Management, Exercise Science
Kate Carr Bethel (Ind.) Jr. Carmel, Ind. 3.70 Cell and Molecular Biology
Gabriella Dixson Concordia (Ore.) Sr. Battle Ground, Wash. 3.49 Psychology
Breanna Goring Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Ocala, Fla. 3.67 Human Factors Psychology, Systems
Hannah Helker Oklahoma Baptist So. Edmond, Okla. 3.93 Undecided
Erin Helmuth Goshen Sr. Elkhart, Ind. 3.98 Secondary Education, Mathematics
Stephanie Hescock Northwest Christian Gr. Drain, Ore. 3.90 Master of Business Administration
Hillary Holt College of Idaho Jr. Meridian, Idaho 3.54 Political Economy
Sarah Kortze Concordia (Neb.) Sr. Rockford, Ill. 3.94 Biology, Physical Science
Breanna Mathes Morningside Sr. Cherokee, Iowa 3.99 Mathematics Teaching
Linsie Michels Concordia (Ore.) Gr. Salem, Ore. 3.70 Master of Business Administration
Jillian Ourada Doane Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.73 Biochemistry
Evan Shimanek Oklahoma Baptist Sr. Hennessey, Okla. 3.97 Pre-Physical Therapy
Katie Thurbon Baker Jr. Topeka, Kan. 3.94 International Studies
Briana Vander Woude Dordt Sr. Clara City, Minn. 3.57 Elementary Education
College Division Second Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Katie Bonnema Dordt Jr. Ireton, Iowa 3.38 Elementary Education
Erin DeVries Doane So. Chambers, Neb. 3.91 General Studies
Stephanie Erlandson Jamestown Sr. Breckenridge, Minn. 4.00 Exercise Science
Catherine Fakler Xavier So. Phoenix, Ariz. 4.00 English / English Education
Chantalle Falconer Oliver Nazarene Jr. Byron, Ill. 4.00 Music Education
Aspen Frey McPherson Jr. Newton, Kan. 4.00 Elementary Education
Danielle Kendall Calgary Sr. Calgary, Alberta 3.77 Chemical Engineering
Kelly Klusmeyer Central Methodist Jr. Boonville, Mo. 4.00 Biology
Natalie McIntyre Arizona Christian Sr. Casa Grande, Ariz. 4.00 Music (praise and worship emphasis)
Trisha Nelson Bethel (Ind.) Sr. Maquoketa, Iowa 3.81 Intercultural Studies
Danielle Prchal Peru State Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.87 Social Science Teaching
Devinn Rolland Xavier So. Harvey, La. 4.00 Chemistry / Pre-Pharmacy
Beth Segerholm Jamestown Sr. Northwood, N.D. 4.00 Nursing
Ellie Staker Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Jr. Seattle, Wash. 3.72 Engineering Physics
Megan Williams Vanguard Sr. Fort Worth, Texas 3.57 Liberal Studies
College Division Third Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Abbi Brock Lubbock Christian Jr. Lamesa, Texas 4.00 Pre-Veternary Medicine
Karina Coelho Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Chesapeake Beach, Md. 3.51 Meteorology Research
Hilary Halford St. Francis (Ill.) Jr. Antioch, Ill. 3.48 Nursing
Cheryl Held William Woods Sr. Wildwood, Mo. 3.60 Exercise Science / Sports Management
Chelsea Janzen Biola Jr. Clovis, Calif. 3.97 Studio Arts
Rachel Jerrils Davenport Jr. Rockford, Mich. 3.69 Nursing
Bethany Jones Southeastern (Fla.) Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa. 4.00 Accounting
Allison McFayden Grand View Sr. Omaha, Neb. 4.00 Graphic Design
Sydnee Nelson Southwestern (Kan.) Sr. Clay Center, Kan. 3.78 Biology / Biochemistry
Kayla Roemmich Jamestown Sr. Bottineau, N.D. 3.45 Elementary Education
Sharon Ronoh Lindsey Wilson Sr. Timboroa, Kenya 3.38 Nursing
Alexandra Sciarra Biola Jr. Orange, Calif. 3.61 Kinesiology
Rachel Stump Biola Sr. Los Gatos, Calif. 3.88 Business Administration
Ali Swart Taylor Sr. Oostburg, Wis. 3.96 Health and Physical Education
Jessica Zink William Woods Jr. Iberia, Mo. 3.90 Elementary Education


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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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