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NEW ORLEANS — The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference announced Monday that Xavier University of Louisiana won the Thomas Howell Cup, the GCAC's all-sports award, for the fifth consecutive year.gcac2015 logo

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 (regular season and tournament), and women's outdoor track and field. All four XU teams successfully defended their championships of the previous year.

Xavier and Edward Waters finished 1-2 in the Thomas Howell Cup standings for the third consecutive year. Xavier scored 38 points, and Edward Waters scored 30. Following those schools were Dillard with 26 points, SUNO with 24, Talladega with 20, Philander Smith and Tougaloo with 14 apiece and Voorhees with 12.

"We are very proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes and coaching staff," XU Director of Athletics and Recreation Jason Horn said. "This is truly a team effort. Our student-athletes work daily in the classroom and in competition to be the best. We have a solid foundation, and our coaches continue to work tirelessly to build on that foundation by recruiting the best to graduate with a Xavier degree and win championships." Xavier is No. 2 all-time in Thomas Howell Cups won with five. Former member Mobile leads with 18.

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