FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In the first true road test of the indoor season, the Northern Arizona University track & field team will split the squad this weekend and send a majority of its athletes to the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., while a few distance runners will compete at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
A full list of athletes competing at Don Kirby and ISU can be found here.
Currently, seven Lumberjacks lead their respective event categories on the 2017 Big Sky Indoor performance list this season—the most of any school in the conference. True sophomore Jasmine Malone is at the top of the list as far as mentions go, as the native of Chandler, Ariz., actually holds the top spot in the women's 200-meter and 400-meter dashes.
Not to be outdone, though, are fellow teammates Brooke Andersen and Paige Gilchrist, both of whom earned Big Sky "Athlete of the Week" recognition this past Monday for their performances at the Mountain T's last weekend.
Andersen had been steadily climbing up the conference's all-time rankings in the weight throw event, and finally surpassed Idaho State's Maureen Griffin to secure the best mark in Big Sky history Saturday morning with a 68-5.75 (20.87m) bomb into the back of the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Having led the conference all season in that event, Andersen notched her third "AOTW" honor in four weeks and her sixth-career weight throw victory—making her a perfect 3-for-3 in 2017. Additionally, Andersen's mark sits at 11th-best in the NCAA.
"[Andersen] is talented enough and she has been working hard enough that even her 'bad' throws are the best in the conference's history," said throws coach Nathan Ott. "I still think she has more in the tank, and I believe she can be up there with some of the best in the country."
Gilchrist, on the other hand, hustled her way to a new personal-best in the mile event Friday night that shattered her previous one by over 23 seconds. Gilchrist went onto win the event with an altitude-adjusted time of 4:40.38 and ranks No. 1 in mile and No. 3 in the 3000m in the Big Sky this season.
Redshirt-senior weight thrower Adam Keenan, four-time Big Sky champ James Fisher (200m), sophomore high-jumper Obang Odol and two-time Division II national champ Shanice McPherson (long jump) also rank first in the conference in their respective events as of today. All seven mentioned here will be in action this weekend, with everyone except Gilchrist competing in New Mexico. Gilchrist will run the 5000m event in Des Moines on Friday.
More information for both meets can be found below. Both meets will be streamed by FloTrack, but both require a subscription.