NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Northern Arizona men's cross country team slipped from No. 7 to No. 14 in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches' Poll Tuesday morning. It is the lowest the Lumberjacks have been ranked all season.
NAU is no stranger to dropping in the polls prior to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships. A year ago, the Lumberjacks were ranked 13th heading into the championship meet and came away with a fourth-place finish.
The rankings featured another flip flop of the top two teams as Stanford regained the top spot in the rankings and Oklahoma State moved down to No. 2. Mountain Region winner, New Mexico, bolted up the standings to No. 5, and second-place finisher in the region, Colorado, also jumped two spots to No. 7.
The Lumberjacks ran to a fourth-place finish at the Mountain Region Championships and were led by senior David McNeill who made history with his third-straight individual title at the event. The two-time Mountain Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year was trailed by teammate Diego Estrada who claimed All-Region honors after finishing third. Junior Ahmed Osman also clinched All-Region honors for the first time in his career after placing 21st.
Indiana State University will host the Championships, November 22, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women's race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the men's race at approximately 12:48 p.m.
A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, November 22, on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern time on CBS HD.