XULA track and field teams sweep RRAC championships

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The beat goes on for Xavier University of Louisiana women’s track and field, which in its first year of membership won the Red River Athletic Conference team championship Saturday in San Antonio.

The Gold Nuggets scored 202 points and won by 57 1/2 points over runner-up Wiley.

Ariel Ford earned her second individual victory of the meet with a time of 24.99 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Teammate Jada McBean won the 100 in 12.23. XULA scored at least 10 points in 6-of-10 second-day events.

It was the Gold Nuggets’ fifth consecutive conference team title and the eighth in the last nine attempts. The other team titles occurred in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference; there was no GCAC meet in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xavier University of Louisiana men’s track and field ended a drought by winning the team championship Saturday in the Red River Athletic Conference meet at San Antonio.

It’s the first conference title for the Gold Rush in this sport since 2004 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. XULA is in it’s first season in the RRAC.

XULA’s Thomas Donald earned his second individual victory of the meet — this time in the discus (37.30 meters/122 feet, 4 inches).

Also winning were teammates Damoy Boyd in the 800-meter run (1 minute, 56.93 seconds), Edward Angel in the high jump (1.84 meters/6 feet, one-half inch) and Gustavo Carranza in the long jump (7.01 meters/23 feet). XULA won with 213 points, followed by Huston-Tillotson with 167 1/2.

The league championship is the 16th in program history. The Gold Rush won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 14 times in 21 years (1938-58).

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