Saturday, October 22, 2016
August, Price move step closer to tying GCAC records
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Christopher August and Taylor Price are on the verge of tying Gulf Coast Athletic Conference season records for cross country weekly awards after sweeping the honors for Oct. 10-16.
August, a senior from Spring, Texas, and a graduate of Klein Collins High School, is the GCAC men's Runner of the Week for the fifth time in 2016. Price, a freshman from Missouri City, Texas, and a graduate of Ridge Point High School, won her fourth women's award.
August was the fastest Gold Rush finisher in the Crimson Classic at Tuscaloosa, Ala. He placed 26th in the college division (non-NCAA DI entries) and ran 8,000 meters in 28 minutes, 49.1 seconds. Price finished 21st in the 6K race in 25:56.3.
XULA's Kwame Jackson set the GCAC men's season mark of six Runner of the Week awards in 2014. Three share the GCAC women's season record of five awards: XULA's Catherine Fakler (2013) and Zahri Jackson (2011) and Spring Hill's Kate Imwalle (2009). Zahri and Kwame Jackson are siblings.
The Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will compete Saturday in the GCAC Championships at Lonnie C. Miller Sr. Regional Park in Jacksonville, Fla. The women's 5K will start at 7 a.m. EDT, followed by the men's 8K at 7:45 a.m. There was no GCAC meet last year, but XULA's men and women won nine consecutive GCAC team titles apiece from 2006-14.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA