Friday, September 16, 2016

XULA's August, Price are GCAC Runners of the Week

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Christopher August and Taylor Price are the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Runners of the Week in cross country for Sept. 5-11.

Both are from the Houston suburbs. August, a senior from Spring, Texas, and a graduate of Klein Collins High School, finished 20th this past weekend in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival at Metairie, La. His career-best time of 15 minutes, 41.6 seconds is the second-fastest at 5,000 meters for the Gold Rush in the last 14 seasons. August finished ahead of 13 runners from NCAA Division I schools.

At that same meet, Price — a freshman from Missouri City, Texas, and a graduate of Ridge Point High School — set a XULA 5K women's record of 18:07.5 in her collegiate debut. She placed ninth overall and was faster than 23 NCAA Division I runners.

The conference award is August's second this season and the seventh of his career. Price is the fourth Gold Nuggets freshman in seven years to be honored.

Both XULA teams will run a 5K Saturday morning in the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge, La. The women's race will start at 7:30, and the men will run at 8:10.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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