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Catherine Fakler won four individual events and anchored a winning relay team April 11, 2015, leading Xavier University of Louisiana to its third consecutive
women’s team title in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

Fakler , a senior with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average, won the
3,000-meter steeplechase (12 minutes, 45.41 seconds), 800 (2:29.43), 1,500
(5:10.86) and 5,000 (22:26.21). Fakler erased a 75-meter deficit during the
final segment to give the Gold Nuggets a nearly 3-second victory in the 3,200
relay (10:38.28).

Fakler won the 1,500 for the fourth consecutive year and the 5,000 and
steeplechase for the third straight year. The Gold Nuggets scored 202
points, 44 more than runner-up Edward Waters. Dillard was third with 138
points, and SUNO was fourth with 65. In the men’s division, Edward
Waters scored 156 points to win for the third time in four years. Dillard (121
points), SUNO (103) and Xavier (83) finished 2-3-5. The XU men’s point
total was more than double the average Gold Rush score at the previous four GCAC meets.

“This was my last conference meet, so I wanted to do well. I
wanted to win every race,” Fakler said. “I thought we had a chance
to win the relay with about 300 meters to go. The (Edward Waters)
runner ahead of me was really slowing down. My teammates were screaming for me to catch her, so there was no option but to try to win it.”—Xavier Athletics News


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