Friday, September 2, 2016
Gold Rush run to 6th place in opener at Mississippi College
CLINTON, Mississippi -- Xavier University of Louisiana's men's cross country team began its 2016 season with a sixth-place finish out of 11 teams Friday in the Mississippi College Season Opener at Choctaw Trails.
The Gold Rush scored 186 points and finished ahead of two NCAA Division I schools, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alcorn State. It was the first time since the 2014 LSU Invitational that the XULA men beat an NCAA DI opponent.
Senior Christopher August was XULA's fastest runner for the sixth consecutive meet dating to the 2015 opener. He ran 5,000 meters in 17 minutes, 59.58 seconds to place 24th out of 74 runners.
The other Gold Rush finishers were Clydarius Everett, 31st in 18:32.81; Oji Wells, 37th in 18:54.31; Darrick Williams, 57th in 21:15.80; and Ammiel Williams, 61st in 21:27.59. It was the first collegiate cross country meet for Everett, Wells and Ammiel Williams.
Spring Hill's David Toups was first in 16:24.44. Mississippi College won the team scoring with 23 points. Xavier placed second out of six HBCU teams.
XULA's women did not compete. Both the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will compete next Saturday (Sept.10) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival at Lafreniere Park in suburban Metairie, La. The men's 5K will start at 7:50 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 8:25. Loyola (N.O.) is the meet host.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA