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Chipangama, Pohl Named Big Sky Cross Country Athletes of the Week

OGDEN, Utah – Tuesday afternoon, the Big Sky conference announced that both senior Veronica Pohl and junior Jordan Chipangama of the Northern Arizona cross country teams had won its Cross Country Athlete of the Week awards. The two clinched the conference honor after solid individual performances this past weekend at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terra Haute, Ind.

Chipangama takes home the award after a third place finish in the men’s “Blue” race. The Zambia native ran the 8,000m course in 23:47, three seconds off his season-best mark that he set at the Cowboy Jamboree earlier this month. His performance helped the fifth-ranked men’s team capture third place behind No. 2 Oregon and No. 6 Alabama. This is the second time this season that Chipangama has garnered the award.

Pohl collected her third athlete of the week honor after finishing 16th overall in the women’s “White” race at Pre-Nationals. In the 6,000m event, Pohl finished with a time of 21:03. She helped lead the women’s team to a 14th-place finish in the power-packed field.

The Lumberjacks return to action on Oct. 31 in Greeley, Colo., as they look to defend their Big Sky titles for the third-consecutive season.