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XU's Mead, Fakler are Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Javon Mead

Javon Mead
     Catherine Fakler

Catherine Fakler
     November 22, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana cross country standouts Javon Mead and Catherine Fakler have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the NAIA announced Friday.
     The XU runners are among 519 — 224 men and 295 women — to receive that honor this season. It's the second consecutive year that Mead has received it, and it's Fakler's first time.
     Student-athletes are nominated by their institution, must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status to qualify for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
     Mead is a senior from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of Baton
Rouge Magnet High School. The accounting major is a three-time All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference runner. Fakler, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School, is an English major and a three-time All-GCAC runner. Fakler set a school record of 18 minutes, 8.32 seconds for 5,000 meters to win the women's race at the GCAC Championships on Oct. 26.
     Three Xavier athletes — Fakler, Donyť Coleman and David Holobowicz — will compete Saturday in the season-ending NAIA National Championships at Lawrence, Kan. The 8,000-meter men's race will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 11:45 a.m. This will be the third appearance for Fakler and Coleman at nationals and the second for Holobowicz.


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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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