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Fakler, Jackson make it 3-for-3 on GCAC weekly awards

September 16, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — For the third time in as many weeks, Xavier University of Louisiana cross country standouts Catherine Fakler and Kwame Jackson are the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Runners of the Week. Both earned the honors for Sept. 9-15 after their performances Saturday in the Gulf Coast Stampede in Pensacola, Fla.
     Fakler, from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School, ran the third-fastest 5,000 meters in XU women's history, 19 minutes, 4.8 seconds. It's a record for an XU junior, and it was more than a minute faster than her 5K time one week earlier. Fakler placed third for the third consecutive week, this time in a field of 98 runners.
     Catherine Fakler

Catherine Fakler
     Kwame Jackson

Kwame Jackson
     "I was not surprised how well Catherine ran," XU coach Joseph Moses said. "She was ready to go that fast. She worked hard in summer workouts, and this is the payoff. Catherine's in great shape."
     Jackson, a junior from Kingwood, Texas, and a graduate of Kingwood Park High School, ran 8,000 meters in 27:30.3 and placed 21st out of 101 runners. Jackson's time is the 11th-fastest by a Gold Rush runner since the start of the 2002 season.
     This is the seventh time for Jackson and the fifth time for Fakler to win a GCAC weekly award.
     Both XU teams will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Ram Ramble Invitational on 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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