Sunday, September 11, 2016

XULA's August earns GCAC's first weekly award of 2016

Christopher August
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Christopher August, who won a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference-leading five Runner of the Week awards in men's cross country last season, has picked up where he left off.
August — a senior from Spring, Texas, and a graduate of Klein Collins High School — is the GCAC's first honoree of 2016 after finishing 24th out of 76 runners in the Mississippi College Season Opener this past Friday. His time for 5,000 meters was 17 minutes, 59.58 seconds. August was XULA's fastest finisher for the sixth consecutive race dating to the start of 2015, and he finished ahead of 11 runners from NCAA Division I schools.
August led the Gold Rush to sixth place out of 11 teams. XULA finished ahead of two NCAA Division I teams. It was the first time since 2014 that the Gold Rush beat NCAA DIs in team scoring.
XULA's men and women will compete Saturday in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival at Lafreniere Park in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. The men's race will start at 7:50 a.m., followed by the women at 8:25. Distance of both races will be 5,000 meters. It will be the season debut of the XULA women.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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