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Fakler runs 5K in 19:04.8, places third in Pensacola meet
September 14, 2013

Results:  Men    Women

     PENSACOLA, Fla. — Xavier University of Louisiana's Catherine Fakler ran 5,000 meters in a season-best 19 minutes, 4.8 seconds Saturday to finish third out of 98 female runners in the Gulf Coast Stampede cross country meet.
     Fakler's time is the third-fastest in the Gold Nuggets' history and a record by an XU junior, nearly 45 seconds faster than Ebony Harding's 19:48.54 at the 2008 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships. One week ago, Fakler ran a 5K in 20:15.90.
     Fakler has placed third in all three of the Gold Nuggets' meets this season. She has 12 career top-10 finishes and nine career top-5s in 18 collegiate meets.
     Kwame Jackson led the XU men for the third consecutive week, running 8,000 meters in 27:30.3 and placing 21st out of 101 runners. Jackson's time is the 11th-fastest by a Gold Rush runner since the start of the 2002 season.
     In the team scoring, the Gold Nuggets scored 148 points to place sixth out of 10 four-year schools and sixth out of 12 schools overall, which includes two junior colleges. The Gold Rush scored 185 points to place sixth out of nine four-year schools and seventh out of 10 overall.
     Also in the upper half of the individual standings for the Gold Nuggets were Donyť Coleman (32nd place, 21:07.1), Hannah Finnegan (35th, 21:15.5) and Reeka Belton (44th, 21:39.2). Also placing in the top half of the men's race were Xavier's Brent Kitto (34th, 28:06.8), David Holobowicz (36th, 28:11.0) and Christopher August (40th, 28:17.5).
     Harding swept the women's and men's team and individual titles. Junior Ewa Zaborowska won the 5K in 18:25.3, and senior Andrew Evans won the 8K in 25:54.9.
     Both XU teams will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Ram Ramble Invitational next Saturday.


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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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