NEW ORLEANS, La. – After capturing the Big Sky Cross Country Championship for the fourth-consecutive season, the Northern Arizona men's cross country team climbed four spots to No. 7 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Cross Country Division I Coaches' Poll. The Lumberjacks have been a fixture within the top-11 spots of the poll since the preseason.
Tuesday's national rankings showed a flip-flop at No. 1 on the men's side, as Oklahoma State surpassed Stanford for the top spot in the nation after the Cardinal had held the first-place ranking for seven weeks.
The Lumberjacks continue to remain at No. 1 in the Mountain Region on the men's side.
NAU placed all five of its scorers in the top 10 this past weekend at the conference championship meet from Cheney, Wash. The Lumberjacks were once again led by senior David McNeill who claimed his third-straight individual title, becoming the second male in league history to accomplish the feat. The first was former NAU runner Rich Sliney, who won three-straight titles from 1970-72.
Joining McNeill on the podium as a part of the Big Sky All-Conference team was junior Diego Estrada (2nd), sophomore Tim Freriks (6th), junior Ahmed Osman (8th) and senior Eric Lynch (10th).
Both the men's and women's teams will compete at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships Saturday, Nov. 13, from Salt Lake City, Utah.