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Xavier wins GCAC all-sports award for 4th straight year
May 12, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is the winner of the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award, for the fourth consecutive year.
     The Thomas Howell Cup, named for the GCAC's longtime commissioner, is awarded annually to the school with the most points based on order of finish in various sports. Xavier was boosted by GCAC championships in men's cross country, women's cross country, women's volleyball (regular season and tournament), men's basketball (regular season), women's basketball (tournament) and women's outdoor track and field. Xavier's women's tennis team, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, won an unaffiliated group championship.
     Xavier scored 48 points to match its highest total of the last 10 seasons. Edward Waters was second with 39 points, and
Thomas Howell Cup
2013-14 standings

No. School Points
1. Xavier 48
2. Edward Waters 39
3. SUNO 29
4. Talladega 28
5. Dillard 26
6. (tie) Philander Smith 16
6. (tie) Tougaloo 16
8. Fisk 14
9. Voorhees 13
SUNO was third with 29. The 1-2-3 order is the same as a year ago.
     "We are excited to win the award for the fourth consecutive year," XU athletics director Jason Horn said. "This achievement recognizes the collective hard work and determination of the Xavier student-athletes, coaches and staff. We have a solid program across the board, and I applaud all of the Gold Rush and Gold Nugget coaches and student-athletes for their successes — not only in competition but also in the classroom and the community."
     It is the fourth time that Xavier has won the award. The athletics department finished in the top three each of the past 10 seasons. Xavier is the second school in GCAC history to win the all-sports award at least four consecutive times. Former member Mobile had Howell Cup streaks of 12 and five seasons.
     Xavier has won 54 conference/group championships and earned 39 team berths in NAIA national championships during the past nine seasons.
     Xavier is one of 38 U.S. colleges listed as a "Best Buy School" in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Thomas Howell Cup winners

School Year Cup Winner Points XU Finish XU Points
2013-14 Xavier 48 1st 48
2012-13 Xavier 46 1st 46
2011-12 Xavier 44 1st 44
2010-11 Xavier 31 1st 31
2009-10 Belhaven 49 3rd 40
2008-09 Mobile 42 3rd 34
2007-08 Mobile 56 3rd 37
2006-07 Mobile 43 3rd 37
2005-06 No cup awarded because of Hurricane Katrina
2004-05 Mobile 47 3rd 40
2003-04 Mobile 51 2nd 48
2002-03 Spring Hill      
2001-02 Spring Hill      
2000-01 Mobile      
1999-2000 Spring Hill      
1998-99 Mobile      
1997-98 Mobile      
1996-97 Mobile      
1995-96 Mobile 58 4th 25
1994-95 Mobile      
1993-94 Mobile      
1992-93 Mobile      
1991-92 Mobile      
1990-91 Mobile      
1989-90 Mobile      
1988-89 Mobile      
1987-88 Mobile      
1985-86 Louisiana College, William Carey      


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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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