Price earns top-10 finish at Allstate Sugar Bowl meet

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METAIRIE, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Taylor Price earned her second top-10 finish of the season at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Saturday.

Price, a sophomore, covered the 5,000-meter course at Lafreniere Park in 20 minutes, 32.4 seconds to place seventh out of 63 women. Price finished ahead of 27 runners from NCAA Division I schools. XULA is an NAIA member. The top-10 finish is the fourth of Price’s career.

Freshman Camren Sewell was 21st out of 54 men, and he finished ahead of six DI runners. His 5K time was 18:13.5. Sewell and Price have been the first XULA finishers in all three meets this season.

Loyola, the host school, divided the team scoring into NCAA DI and non-DI. The XULA women finished second out of three teams with 39 points. Spring Hill won with 23 points. The XULA men finished third out of four schools with 77 points. City rival Loyola edged Spring Hill 30-34 for the men’s title.

Other XULA finishers in the women’s race were Maliya Vaughan (16th, 21:45.9), Brianna Pace (37th, 23:51.4), Hajjia Mohammed (45th, 25:38.8) and Chinyere Jones (57th, 29:36.5). The other Gold Rush finishers were Darrick Williams (33rd, 19:58.8), Ammiel Williams (42nd, 21:28.1), Ayinde Abanu (52nd, 25:16.2) and Aaron Grundy (54th, 33:30.7).

Individual champions were Mississippi Valley’s Scolasticah Kemeh (18:48.7) in the women’s race and Tulane’s Moses Aloiloi (16:05.1) in the men’s. Tulane won both DI team championships, with its women scoring 20 points and its men scoring 18.

XULA will run next Saturday at the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge, La. The women’s 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the men’s 6K at 8:10.

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