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Men’s Team Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships

NCAA Release 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sunday evening, the No. 4 Northern Arizona men’s cross country team learned that they would be headed to Terre Haute, Ind., once again to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Senior All-American Veronica Pohl also learned that she earned a spot in the women’s championship race because of her eighth-place finish in the regional race Saturday.

Yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M., the men’s team completed a fourth-place finish behind the strong effort of junior All-American David McNeill. The Australian native collected his second-consecutive first-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships when he crossed the stripe in a time of 29:51.

Juniors Ben Ashkettle and Jordan Chipangama joined McNeill on the podium after the race to receive their All-Region medals for their eighth and 14th place finishes respectively.

Junior Jason Pedersen (33), sophomores Ahmed Osman (30) and Andrew Belus (38) and freshman Tim Freriks (79), all ran solid races for the Lumberjacks Saturday morning.

The championship races are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, with the men’s 10,000m race scheduled for 10:08 a.m. MST, and the women’s 6,000m event at 10:58.