OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky
Conference has announced the members of the 2009 Fall All-Academic
teams, and the Northern Arizona cross country team landed nine
members on the list, including four from the men’s team and
five from the women’s squad.
Pleased to hear that nine of his athletes made the all-academic teams was Interim Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins. The head cross country coach is proud that his student-athletes are able to handle the time commitment of school and running simultaneously.
“It’s great to see the runners not only be rewarded for how the do athletically, but also how they do academically,” Heins said. “We set not only athletic goals for the season, but also academic goals. To see them come through like that makes me feel great, and I am very happy for them.”
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1)Participated in at least half of the team’s competitions; 2)Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; 3)Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.
Headlining the list for the men’s squad were juniors Kam Holbrook, David McNeill and Jason Pedersen. Also garnering conference honors was sophomore Andrew Belus. This is Pedersen’s second-straight year that he has earned the conference honor, and McNeill’s third.
The academic award for McNeill is his second in 2009 as he was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® men’s track/cross country first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The exercise fitness major collected two second-place finishes in national championship races in 2009, including the 5,000-meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the 10,000-meter men’s final at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The NAU Big Sky All-Academic team members include senior Veronica Pohl, junior Astrid Leutert, sophomores Kortnee Burton and Haley Lawrence and freshman Torin Shriver. For Pohl and Burton this is the second-consecutive year the duo has received the award.
All five members of Fall All-Academic team were key contributors to leading the Lumberjacks to their third-straight Big Sky Cross Country Championship.
May 2, 2010 Athletics Department Hands Out Annual Awards
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 8, 2009 Freriks Already Making Impact in Young Career
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 15, 2009 Former Lumberjack Lomong Advances in 1,500 at Worlds
August 14, 2009 Lomong and McNeill to Compete in IAAF World Championships
June 28, 2009 Former Olympian Lomong Wins 1500, Qualifies for Worlds