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Fakler, Jackson, Kitto lead Xavier to 3rd-place finishes
September 7, 2013

Results:  Men    Women

     METAIRIE, La. — Top-four finishes from Catherine Fakler, Kwame Jackson and Brent Kitto led Xavier University of Louisiana on Saturday in the Loyola Wolf Pack Invitational cross country meet at Lafreniere Park.
     Fakler ran 5,000 meters in 20 minutes, 15.90 seconds — the 24th-fastest 5K in the Gold Nuggets' history — to finish third out of 50 women. Fakler was the first collegiate female to finish, nearly 50 seconds ahead of William Carey's Allison Denetchee.
     The men ran the same distance, with Jackson placing third in 17:25.56 and Kitto fourth in 17:32.53 in a field of 49. Jackson finished 2-3 among collegians.
     It was the second time in as many meets this season that Fakler, Jackson and Kitto placed in the top four.
     Xavier was third in both team standings. The Gold Nuggets, the defending champion, scored 60 points, trailing Loyola (29) and William Carey (53). The Gold Rush scored 56 points to finish third in this meet for the fourth consecutive year but barely missed a second team championship in as many weeks. Loyola won with 53 points, and William Carey had 55.
     Also finishing for Xavier in the top half of the individual standings were Reeka Belton (11th place, 22:53.30), Hannah Finnegan (17th, 23:24.13), Donyť Coleman (19th, 23:39.09) and Hali Yarmush (24th, 24:17.10) in the women's race and David Holobowicz (11th, 18:05.32) and Christopher August (16th, 18:29.07) in the men's.
     Individual winners were Laura Carleton (19:38.93) in the women's race and Joseph MacGown (17:03.54) in the men's. Both ran unattached.
     Both XU teams will compete next Saturday in the Gulf Coast Stampede at Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola, Fla. The men's 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 8:10.


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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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