|July 23, 2014|
NEW ORLEANS — Coach Joseph Moses on Wednesday announced six more signings to Xavier University of Louisiana's men's track and field recruiting class. Newcomers signed to scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year were:
• Chris Adams, a hurdler from Richardson, Texas, and Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas.
• Langston Adams, a long sprinter from Baton Rouge, La., and Christian Life Academy.
• Devante Bailey, a long sprinter from Baton Rouge and Southern Lab High School.
• Malik Harrison, a horizontal jumper from Baton Rouge and Christian Life.
• Erwin Simmons, a hurdler from St. James, La., and St. James High School.
• Alex Xavier, a hurdler and sprinter from Naples, Fla., and Golden Gate High School and a transfer from Warner (Fla.) University.
Bailey, Harrison and Simmons will be freshmen at Xavier. Chris Adams and Langston Adams, who
are not related, will be sophomores — they were biology/pre-medical majors at XU in 2013-14 — and Xavier will be a junior. Bailey will major in business marketing, Harrison will be a chemistry/pre-pharmacy major, and Simmons will be part of XU's dual-degree engineering program, studying physics and mechanical engineering.
Chris Adams finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in Class 5A at the 2013 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state meet. His best times are 14.9 seconds for the 110 hurdles and 40.8 for the 300 hurdles. He was a standout in basketball, averaging 16 points per game as a senior with a high game of 27 points. At Xavier he was runner-up in the voting for Mr. Freshman.
Langston Adams was a member of Christian Life's 400 relay team which placed fourth at the 2013 Class 1A state meet. He also was a regional qualifier in the long jump. Adams was first-team all-district as a football middle linebacker his senior year and made the second team as a junior.
Bailey was a member of Southern Lab's 800 and 1,600 relay teams which finished first at the 1A state meet this year, and he was a member of the Kittens' state runner-up 400 relay team. He helped Southern Lab finish second at state in the 1,600 relay in 2012, and he was a starter in basketball as a junior and a senior.
Harrison was a district champion this year in the triple jump for Christian Life. His best marks were 43 feet, 11 inches in the triple jump and 19-6 in the long jump. As a senior in football, he accounted for 1,623 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 regular-season games.
Simmons was a district champion in the 110 hurdles this year and helped St. James finish second in the district meet. His best time in the 110 hurdles was 15.32. He was voted his team's track MVP in 2014 and was the track MVP at Lutcher's Bulldog Invitational after winning the 110 and 300 hurdles and anchoring the winning 800 relay squad.
Xavier, a native of Haiti, placed 14th for Warner in the 110 hurdles at the 2013 NAIA National Outdoor Championships and was a two-time athlete of the week in The Sun Conference that year. This past season he was The Sun's 110 hurdles champion and was fifth in the 400 hurdles. His best time in the 110 hurdles is 14.46.
The previously announced Gold Rush signee was Joseph Moses III, a sprinter from Baton Rouge.
|July 16, 2014|
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana announced Wednesday the signing of three more for women's track and field. Joining the Gold Nuggets will be Clarke Allen of Mendenhall, Miss., and Mendenhall High School, Drew Chatters of Lake Charles, La., and St. Louis Catholic High School, and Tyler Row of Baton Rouge, La., and St. Michael the Archangel High School.
Four have signed with coach Joseph Moses' XU women for 2014-15.
Allen was a member of Mendenhall's Class 4A state-champion 800-meter relay teams this year and in 2013. Both times the Lady Tigers set 4A meet records in that event. Allen placed fifth in the 400 at the state meet this year, and she won several district and regional championships for Mendenhall. Her best marks include 12.80 seconds in the 100, 26.55 in the 200, 59.76 in the 400 and 33 feet, 8 inches in the triple jump.
Chatters was a three-sport standout at St. Louis. In track and field she was the Class 3A state champion in the javelin in 2012, and in 2013 she was a member of the Lady Saints' 1,600 relay team which won the 4A championship. Her best throw in the javelin was 131-2 in a second-place finish at the 3A state meet this year.
Chatters helped St. Louis win the 4A state championship in 2013 and the 3A title this year. She was all-district in volleyball and soccer and helped St. Louis reach the state semifinals two times apiece in those sports.
Chatters has two older sisters who attended Xavier. Jodi Chatters was a Gold Nuggets volleyball standout in 2012 and 2013, and Cydney graduated from XU in May. Chatters' mother, aunt and uncle are XU alumni.
Row qualified for the Class 4A outdoor state meet four consecutive years and posted eight top-4 finishes, three apiece in 2012 and 2013. She was a state runner-up in the 100 hurdles this year, the 300 hurdles in 2012 and the 1,600 relay in 2012 and 2013. She was a district champion in the 100 hurdles four consecutive years.
Row placed third this year in the 60 hurdles at the Division I state indoor meet. As a member of the United Southern Express Track Club, Row was All-America in the 100 hurdles and the pentathlon in 2011.
Row's best times are 14.94 in the 100 hurdles, 45.16 in the 300 hurdles and 12.50 in the 100.
Like Chatters, Row has several XU connections. Her mother, an uncle and two cousins attended.
Allen, Chatters and Row will be biology/pre-medical majors at Xavier. Allen was Mendenhall's class valedictorian.
The Nuggets' previously announced signee was Carlie Calais, a distance and middle-distance runner from Breaux Bridge, La.,
Xavier won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's outdoor championships three of the past four seasons, including 2013 and 2014. The Nuggets placed 25th at the NAIA National Championships this year.
Joseph Moses III
|May 2, 2014|
NEW ORLEANS — State track champions Joseph Moses III of Baton Rouge, La., and Carlie Calais of Breaux Bridge, La., signed athletic scholarships Wednesday with Xavier University of Louisiana.
Moses, competing for Christian Life Academy, was the Class 1A outdoor champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 2013 and ran the first segment on the 800-relay squad which placed second. He is the son of XU track and cross country coach Joseph Moses.
This past week, Moses won District 6-1A titles in the 100 (10.77 seconds) and 200 (22.14).
Calais, competing for Cecilia High School, was the 2013 Class 4A outdoor champion in the 800-meter run and placed third in 2012. In February she placed eighth in the 800 at the Division I state meet. On Thursday she posted her best outdoor time in the 800, 2:19.78, in a victory in the Region II-4A meet. At the District 5-4A meet, she repeated as district champion in the 400 and placed second in the 800.
Calais is a 4.0 student and will be a pre-pharmacy major at Xavier. She also will compete in cross country for the Gold Nuggets.
"Carlie is a great student-athlete," Cecilia coach Logan Duplechein said. "Her work ethic is what separates her from others. She has truly gotten better on the track from year to year."
Moses and Calais are the first to sign with Xavier track for 2014-15.
(New Orleans, La.) The Lady Bleu Devils basketball team looks to improve from last season with the addition of former Fisk University guard and First-team GCAC All-Conference junior Rashida Ademosu.