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1995 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Mark Souza

(Track and Field/Cross Country, 1983-86)

For Souza, success as a collegiate athlete was a dream come true. As a walk-on from Sabino High in Tucson, he redshirted in his freshman season but went on to score a total of 51 points at Big Sky Conference meets during his career and earned All-America honors. At the 1986 outdoor championship, Souza scored 28 points - an NAU and Big Sky record at the time.  He won the 3,000 meter steeplechase and the 10,000 meter run in the same day, and upon the injury of a teammate, decided to run the 5,000 meters to help NAU clinch a title that season.  Souza finished second, and NAU ended up winning the championship. In 1988, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials in the steeplechase. Souza began his climb in cross country in 1983 by finishing fifth in the Big Sky. In 1984, he was second in the conference, third in the NCAA District 7 meet and 46th at the NCAA Championships.  In his senior cross country season in 1985, he won the Big Sky and District 7 titles and gained All-America status by finishing 27th at the NCAA meet.

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