NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s women are 23rd in the first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NAIA outdoor computer rankings of 2017.
Rankings are based on individual performances during the current season. The Gold Nuggets’ highest-ranked athletes are Ariane Williams (11th, 57.00 seconds) and Tramaine Shannon (18th, 57.69) in the 400-meter dash, the 400 relay squad of Janelle Jones, Shannon, Clarke Allen and Ry-Anne Riley (ninth, 47.98), the 1,600 relay squad of Riley, Shannon, Williams and Allen (fifth, 3:53.83) and the 3,200 relay squad of Maliya Vaughan, Carlie Calais, Taylor Price and Brianna Pace (sixth, 9:54.69).
The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, of which XULA is a member, has an NAIA-high four women’s teams in this week’s top 25. SUNO is ninth, Dillard is 14th, and Edward Waters is 22nd.
XULA’s men are 111th nationally. The USTFCCCA announced rankings Wednesday.
The Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will travel to Alabama for the University of Mobile Invitational at 11 a.m. Friday. The GCAC Championships for women and men will be April 22 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
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