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NEW ORLEANS — For the third consecutive year, Xavier University of Louisiana is the winner of the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award. XU scored its largest-ever winning margin, 14 points, and its most points, 46½, since 2003-04.Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

The Thomas Howell Cup, named for the GCAC's longtime commissioner, is awarded annually to the school with the most points based on order of finish in various sports. Xavier was boosted by GCAC championships in men's cross country, women's cross country, women's volleyball, women's basketball, men's basketball and women's outdoor track and field. Edward Waters was second with 32½ points, and SUNO was third with 31½.

Thomas Howell Cup
2012-13 standings
No. School Points
1. Xavier 46½
2. Edward Waters 32½
3. SUNO 31½
4. Talladega 24
5. Tougaloo 23½
6. Dillard 23
7. Philander Smith 16½
8. Fisk

It's the third time that Xavier has won the award. The athletics department finished in the top three each of the past nine seasons.

Xavier is the second school in GCAC history to win the all-sports award at least three consecutive times. Former member Mobile did it 12 consecutive years (1987-99), then won five straight in six years (2003-09; no Howell Cup awarded in 2005-06).

Xavier won the Howell Cup by 11½ points over runner-up SUNO in 2011-12 and by eight points over Edward Waters in 2010-11.

Xavier has won 46 conference/group team championships and earned 34 berths in NAIA national championships during the past seven seasons. Xavier suspended intercollegiate athletics in 2005-06 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In seven seasons since then, the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets have combined for 41 conference/group team championships and 31 berths in NAIA national championships.

Thomas Howell Cup winners

School Year Cup Winner Points
2012-13 Xavier 46½
2011-12 Xavier 44½
2010-11 Xavier 31
2009-10 Belhaven 49
2008-09 Mobile 42
2007-08 Mobile 56½
2006-07 Mobile 43
2005-06 No cup awarded
because of Hurricane Katrina
2004-05 Mobile 47
2003-04 Mobile 51
2002-03 Spring Hill
2001-02 Spring Hill
2000-01 Mobile
1999-2000 Spring Hill
1998-99 Mobile
1997-98 Mobile
1996-97 Mobile
1995-96 Mobile 58
1994-95 Mobile
1993-94 Mobile
1992-93 Mobile
1991-92 Mobile
1990-91 Mobile
1989-90 Mobile
1988-89 Mobile
1987-88 Mobile
1985-86 Louisiana College,
William Carey

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