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Xavier was one of nine current members — one of two from the South — to qualify its women's and men's teams four or more times apiece for NAIA Cross Country National Championships from 2008-12. To the right is the list of nine.
XAVIER
Aquinas
British Columbia
Cal State San Marcos
College of Idaho
Concordia (Ore.)
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Lewis-Clark State
Shawnee State

Women's Cross Country
updated July 1, 2014

Head Coach:   Joseph Moses (10th season), (504) 520-5007 or jmoses@xula.edu
Publicity Contact:   Ed Cassiere, (504) 520-5707 or ecassier@xula.edu


Next:   The Gold Nuggets will begin the 2014 season on Friday, August 29 in the Xavier Big Easy Opener at City Park in New Orleans. The women's 2-mile race will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Nuggets will attempt to win a ninth consecutive conference team championship. Most, if not all, of the distance runners also will compete in track and field during the 2015 spring semester.

Most Recently:   Catherine Fakler finished 68th, an XU record, at the 2013 NAIA National Championships at Lawrence, Kan.
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Pick Me Out a Winner:   The Gold Nuggets won 16 team championships during Joseph Moses' first nine seasons as head coach.

2013 Highlights:   click here

Recruiting:   Signed with the Gold Nuggets for 2014-15 is Carlie Calais of Cecilia, La.
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Sustained Success:   Xavier's women won the last eight Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team championships — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 — and had four of the last five GCAC individual champions: Ebony Harding in 2009, Zahri Jackson in 2011 and 2012 and Catherine Fakler in 2013.

The Drive for Degrees:   Of the 29 senior female and male student-athletes to run for Coach Joseph Moses, 25 received degrees from Xavier.

Time Crunch:   Twenty-three times the Gold Nuggets have run 5,000 meters in less than 20 minutes. It's happened 19 times since the start of the 2011 season, including Catherine Fakler's school-record 18:08.32 in the 2013 GCAC Championships at Clinton, Miss.
     XU records
     2013 Xavier University of Louisiana women's cross country team

Xavier University of Louisiana's 2013 women's cross country team

Xavier appearances at the
NAIA National Championships


Team in 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012
Individuals in 2001, 2003 and 2013


NAIA
GCAC      Xavier's Gulf Coast
Athletic Conference Champions


Team — 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008,
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
Individual — Katrina Davis in 2002 and 2003,
Ebony Harding in 2009,
Zahri Jackson in 2011 and 2012,
Catherine Fakler in 2013


Xavier's 2012 women's cross country team      Xavier won its seventh consecutive GCAC team championship in 2012. The Gold Nuggets scored 15 points at that meet — the first perfect score since by a GCAC women's champion since 1996.

 

 
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

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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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