Monday, May 29, 2017

Gold Nuggets earn NAIA All-America in two events

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Xavier University of Louisiana earned a pair of All-America honors as a result of top-8 finishes Saturday at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

The Gold Nuggets' Ariane Williams placed seventh in the 400-meter dash in 57.11 seconds. About two hours later, Williams, Ry-Anne RileyTramaine Shannon — in her final collegiate meet — and Clarke Allen finished eighth in the 1,600 relay in 3:56.31.

It was the second straight year that the XULA women were All-America in this relay. Allen ran the anchor leg both years. The Gold Nuggets set a school record of 3:49.76 during Friday qualifying.

XULA's other competitor on the meet's final day was Keairez Coleman, who finished 17th out of 25 in the men's triple jump. His best mark was 14.15 meters — 46 feet, 5 1/4 inches — and it was the third straight meet that the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference champion surpassed 46 feet.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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