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Lumberjack Women Place All Four Runners in Top-25 at GCU Invite

PHOENIX - The Northern Arizona University women's cross country team had four runners in action Saturday morning at the Grand Canyon University Invitational in Phoenix.  All four runners placed in the top-25, and were led by freshmen Kylee Kieser and Shayla Freeman in 13th and 14th, respectively.

"We wanted them to run together through the first mile, and from there they tried to advance through the pack of runners," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins.  "Kylee Shayla did a nice job of moving up through the race and gave themselves good opportunities in order to finish in the top-15."

The Lumberjacks only ran four runners from the women's team to give some of their younger athletes a chance to show what they could do in a competition setting.  Aside from Kieser and Freeman's finishes, freshman Sarah Baker (17th) and sophomore Sarah Raber (24th) also showed coach Heins that he has a team that has both incredible depth and potential for growth over the next couple years.

NAU cross country will be in action next at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisc. on Friday.