FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- After sweeping
the competition at the George Kyte Classic earlier this month, the
Northern Arizona cross country teams look to take their early
season success into San Diego, Calif., as they take part in the
Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State Saturday.
Interim Track and Field Director Eric Heins is looking forward to this weekend’s race in San Diego, where he hopes to apply different strategies for his teams.
“What we will have our top group do is actually go out and run the first mile or two slower so that they find themselves in the back of the pack and have to work their way up,” said Heins. “I think that will prepare us for the larger meets such as Pre-Nationals where you could be having the race of your life but find yourself in 50th place. We want to get comfortable racing with people around us.”
Last year at the same event, both the men’s and women’s teams recorded second place finishes with BYU taking the men’s title and AZUSA Pacific claiming the top spot for the women.
The men return to San Diego with five members who ran in the Aztec Invitational last year. Of those returning, junior Jason Pedersen recorded the top time (25:32) and came in 17th overall. Senior Simon Gilna (29), junior Eric Lynch (50), sophomore Andrew Belus (64) and junior Kam Holbrook (108) also return to San Diego looking to take the men’s title.
Senior Veronica Pohl busted onto the cross country scene last year at this event with a third place finish in the 8,000m race (17:41). It was her first competition as a Lumberjack.
Senior Nell Rojas followed up Pohl with a 13th place finish of her own (18:20). Sophomores Haley Lawrence (17) and Kortnee Burton (41), and junior Nikki Codd (48) also return to compete for the top spot this year.
February 1, 2010 Nine Cross Country Athletes Named All-Academic Big Sky
December 4, 2009 Heins Named Big Sky Coach of the Year
November 23, 2009 McNeill Finishes Runner Up; Lumberjacks Claim Fourth Place
November 20, 2009 Lumberjacks to Compete at Cross Country Championships Monday
November 18, 2009 McNeill Named Mountain Region Athlete of the Year
November 17, 2009 Lumberjacks Slip in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
November 15, 2009 Mens Team Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships
November 14, 2009 McNeill Repeats; Men Finish Fourth, Women Seventh at Mountain Regional
November 12, 2009 Cross Country to Race at NCAA Mountain Regional in Albuquerque
November 3, 2009 Mens Team Climbs to No. 4 in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
October 31, 2009 Lumberjacks Sweep Big Sky Cross Country Championships
October 30, 2009 Big Sky Conference Championship Start Time Pushed Back
October 28, 2009 Cross Country to Run in Big Sky Championships Saturday
October 20, 2009 Chipangama, Pohl Named Big Sky Cross Country Athletes of the Week
October 20, 2009 Lumberjacks Drop in Latest USTFCCCA Polls
October 17, 2009 Cross Country Teams Turn in Solid Efforts at Pre-Nationals
October 16, 2009 'Jack of All Trades by Amy Farnum of NCAA.com
October 15, 2009 Watch The Lumberjacks Compete Live at Pre-Nationals Saturday
October 14, 2009 Lumberjacks Gear Up for Pre-Nationals Invitational
October 6, 2009 Lumberjacks Move Up in USTFCCCA Rankings
October 5, 2009 Cowboy Jamboree Highlights and Interviews
October 3, 2009 Chipangama Leads Lumberjacks to Cowboy Jamboree Men's Title
September 30, 2009 Cross Country to Compete in ASU Invitational and Cowboy Jamboree
September 29, 2009 Lumberjacks Stand Firm in USTFCCCA Rankings
September 22, 2009 Pohl Named Big Sky Conference Womens Cross Country Athlete of the Week
September 19, 2009 Pohl, Chipangama Lead Lumberjacks to Titles at Aztec Invitational
September 15, 2009 Lumberjacks Head West for Aztec Invitational
September 15, 2009 Cross Country Teams in Preseason USTFCCCA Rankings
September 8, 2009 Pohl Claims First Women's Cross Country Athlete of The Week Award
September 5, 2009 Lumberjacks Capture Rain-Soaked George Kyte Classic Titles
September 1, 2009 Cross Country to Host George Kyte Classic Saturday
August 24, 2009 2009 Cross Country Season Preview
August 19, 2009 George Kyte Classic Registration Information
August 17, 2009 McNeill Finishes 24th at World Championships; Lomong Advances
August 14, 2009 Lomong and McNeill to Compete in IAAF World Championships