Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rush, Nuggets to open outdoor season in town March 3

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana will open its 2017 outdoor track and field schedule March 3 at a city rival's meet, the Tulane Early Bird Twilight.

Coach Joseph Moses announced Wednesday the eight-meet schedule, which also includes competitions in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.

XULA, an NAIA member, will compete at four meets hosted by NCAA Division I members: Tulane, the McNeese Cowboy Relays at Lake Charles, La., on March 11, the Rice Victor Lopez Classic at Houston on March 24-25 and the Southern Miss Invitational at Hattiesburg on March 31-April 1. XULA will compete at a fifth Division I venue — South Alabama's Jaguar Track — in the University of Mobile Invitational on April 7.

The Tulane meet and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships (April 21-22) will be run at the same venue, Tad Gormley Stadium.

Xavier also will compete in the Emory Invitational March 17-18 in Atlanta.

Student-athletes who meet qualifying standards will be eligible to compete at the season-ending NAIA National Championships May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala.

XULA will attempt to win the GCAC women's team championship for the sixth time in eight attempts. The Gold Nuggets won three straight GCAC team titles from 2013-15.

2017 Xavier University of Louisiana
Outdoor Track and Field Schedule

March 3 (Fri.):  Tulane Early Bird Twilight at Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans, La.
March 11 (Sat.):  McNeese Cowboy Relays at McNeese Cameron Communications Track and Field Complex, Lake Charles, La.
March 17-18 (Fri.-Sat.):  Emory Invitational at Woodruff P.E. Center Track, Atlanta, Ga.
March 24-25 (Fri.-Sat.):  Rice Victor Lopez Classic at Wendel D. Ley Track, Houston, Texas
March 31-April 1 (Fri.-Sat.):  Southern Miss Invitational at Southern Miss Track and Field and Soccer Complex, Hattiesburg, Miss.
April 7 (Fri.):  University of Mobile Invitational at Jaguar Track, Mobile, Ala.
April 21-22 (Fri.-Sat.):  Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans, La.
May 25-27 (Thu.-Sat.):  NAIA Outdoor Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium, Gulf Shores, Ala.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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