Saturday, October 8, 2016

Nuggets 6th, Rush 7th at Watson Ford Invitational

CLINTON, Mississippi -- Xavier University of Louisiana's women finished sixth, and its men placed seventh Friday in the Watson Ford Invitational cross country meet at Choctaw Trails.

XULA freshman Taylor Price finished 30th out of 81 women, running 6,000 meters in 25 minutes, 42.23 seconds. Price has been the Gold Nuggets' first finisher in every meet this season.

For the Gold Rush, senior Christopher August was his team's fastest runner for the ninth consecutive meet dating to the start of the 2015 season. August placed 23rd out 93 runners and ran 8,000 meters in 28:28.80.

XULA competed among non-NCAA Division I entries. The Gold Nuggets scored 171 points; West Alabama won the women's team title with 44 points, and North Alabama was second with 45. XULA's men scored 211 points; North Alabama was the leader with 37.

Also competing for the Gold Nuggets were Maliya Vaughan (43rd, 26:48.64), Dionysia Love (48th, 27:05.65), Brianna Pace (52nd, 27:42.60) and Imani Walker (71st, 33:03.19). The other Gold Rush finishers were Clydarius Everett (51st, 30:59.71), Oji Wells (59th, 31:51.82), Darrick Williams (67th, 32:23.00) and Ammiel Williams (79th, 34:57.18).

It was the first competition in three weeks for XULA, which will run next Friday in the Crimson Classic at Tuscaloosa, Ala. The men's 8K will start at 9 a.m., followed by the women's 6K at 9:45.

Results:  Men    Women

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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