Price, Vaughan make all-time Xavier cross country list at Mississippi College Season Opener

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CLINTON, Miss. — Taylor Price and Maliya Vaughan recorded two of the fastest 4,000-meter times in Xavier University of Louisiana women’s cross country history at the Mississippi College Season Opener Friday.

Price’s time of 16 minutes, 35.68 seconds is No. 3 on the Gold Nuggets’ all-time list. Vaughan’s time of 17:07.58 ranks sixth. The school record is 15:34.

Price, Vaughan and Camren Sewell were the only XULA runners to finish in the upper half of the individual standings. Price was 22nd and Vaughan 29th out of 96 women, and in the men’s 5K Sewell (18:33.92) was 41st out of 92 runners.

The Gold Nuggets placed seventh out of 13 teams with 210 points and finished ahead of NCAA Division I members Alcorn State and Jackson State. The XULA men also outscored Alcorn but placed 10th out of 12 teams with 291 points.

Unattached Daphney Stanford was the first woman to finish (14:45.82). The first collegiate finisher was Kate Mattox (14:46.95) of Southern Miss, which had the first 10 collegiate finishers and won the team title with a perfect 15 points. In the men’s division, Jackson State’s Henry Kiplagat won in 16:15.92, and Mississippi College outscored Louisiana Tech 33-76 to win the team title.

XULA’s other runners were Brianna Pace (65th, 20:03.17), Hajjia Mohammed (69th, 21:05.98) and Chinyere Jones (78th, 23:24.22) in the women’s race and Oji Wells (66th, 20:38.03), Darrick Williams (72nd, 21:14.26), Ammiel Williams (83rd, 22:54.66), Ayinde Abanu (86th, 25:07.50) and Aaron Grundy (91st, 33:19.00) in the men’s.

Next for XULA will be a 5K at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival in Metairie, La., a New Orleans suburb. The women will race at 7:50 a.m., followed by the men at 8:25.

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