FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona University men's and women's cross country teams will be in action at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho.
"Our goal is to come away with two Big Sky championships," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins. "Hopefully our men can make some history by winning their fifth in a row, and we'd really like our women to get back to their winning ways and contend for a title as well."
The conference meet, hosted by Idaho State for the first time since 2002, has been a point of strength for both Lumberjack teams for the past two decades. The NAU men have won 15 of the last 18 Big Sky Championships, and the women have won 14 of the last 20.
The Lumberjack men would set a Big Sky record for consecutive team victories if they came away with the 2011 crown. NAU holds the current record of four straight wins, having accomplished the feat twice (1998-2001; 2007-10). Additionally, if a Lumberjack male runner wins the individual title, NAU will break its own record of six consecutive individual championships, dating back to 2005.
The meet will be held at the Idaho State Cross Country Course, with the women's 5K beginning at 9 a.m. Arizona time, followed by the men's 8K at 10 a.m.
Here is an overview of who will be competing for the Lumberjacks this Saturday in Idaho.