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Fakler, Jackson repeat as GCAC Runners of the Week

September 9, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — For the second time in as many weeks, Xavier University of Louisiana's Catherine Fakler and Kwame Jackson are the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Runners of the Week in cross country. Both were honored for Sept. 2-8 after standout performances Saturday in the Loyola Wolf Pack Invitational at Metairie, La.
     Fakler, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory High School, ran 5,000 meters in 20 minutes, 15.90 seconds to finish third for the second straight week. Fakler was the first collegiate finisher, behind two unattached runners, and she produced her 11th career top-10 finish and her eighth in the top five. Fakler's time is No. 24 on the Nuggets' all-time list.
     Jackson, a junior from Kingwood, Texas, and a graduate of Kingwood Park High School, also produced his second consecutive top-3 finish. He ran the men's 5K in 17:25.56 to place third. Jackson has 11 career top-10 finishes and seven in the top five.
     Jackson has won six career GCAC Runner of the Week honors, and Fakler has won four.
     Catherine Fakler

Catherine Fakler
     Kwame Jackson

Kwame Jackson
     Both XU teams will compete Saturday in the Gulf Coast Stampede at Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola, Fla. The men's 8K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the women's 8K at 8:10. It will be the third of five regular-season meets for Xavier.


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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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