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Fakler wins, breaks Xavier 5K record at Fort Worth meet
September 21, 2013

Results:  Men    Women

     FORT WORTH, Texas — Catherine Fakler ran 5,000 meters in a Xavier University of Louisiana-record 18 minutes, 41.03 seconds Saturday to win the women's division of the Ram Ramble Invitational cross country meet.
     Fakler, a junior, beat 35 runners and broke the previous XU mark of 18:54.69 set by Zahri Jackson at the 2012 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships. Fakler is the Gold Nuggets' record holder at three distances, including 15:34 for 4,000 meters in the Mississippi College Opener on Aug. 30. Fakler has XU's three fastest 6K times and broke that record twice in 2012.
     Jackson, a junior, is not competing this season because of injury.
     Fakler is the first XU woman to win a regular-season race since Jackson at the 2011 University of Dallas Invitational.
     Jackson's brother Kwame led the Gold Rush in the men's race. He finished sixth in a field of 27, and his 27:40.42 is the 15th-fastest 8K by an XU male in the last 11 seasons.
     Also finishing for the Gold Nuggets were Donyť Coleman (seventh place, 21:09.49), Reeka Belton (ninth, 21:17.91), Hannah Finnegan (10th, 21:27.26), Hali Yarmush (13th, 21:48.02) and Danielle Rogers (24th, 23:11.94).
     The other Gold Rush finishers were Brent Kitto (10th, 28:50.59), Christopher August (11th, 29:28.31), David Holobowicz (13th, 29:46.43), Aaron Yarmush (14th, 30:39.52), Charles Shaw (23rd, 31:55.28), Javon Mead (25th, 33:12.25) and Emmanuel Detiege (26th, 33:57.39).
     The Gold Nuggets scored 40 points, and the Gold Rush had 43 to finish second in their respective team standings. UT Brownsville won both team championships, and UTB's David Guillen was the men's individual champion in 26:20.19.
     Both XU teams will compete Friday in the Mississippi College/Watson Ford Invitational at Clinton, Miss. It will be the Gold Nuggets' and Gold Rush's final meet before returning to Clinton to defend their titles in the GCAC Championships on Oct. 26.


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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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