GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Redshirt sophomore Cody Reed led the Northern Arizona cross country teams' efforts at the Grand Canyon Invitational Saturday morning with an 11th-place overall finish in the men's 8K race. Reed's time of 25:27.5 led the men to a fifth-place mark in the team standings with 166 points.
"We took a different approach with this meet than we have with others," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins. "For some of the guys and gals we brought down it was a chance for our runners that won't travel next weekend to get the competitive juices flowing."
Leading the charge for the women, who finished seventh as a team, was sophomore Kerri Lenihan, whose time of 19:31.5 was good enough for 21st overall. Redshirt freshman Kayla Freeman was second for the women at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, finishing just three places behind Lenihan in 24th (19:39.2).
"This was a good course, being pretty flat overall, to run a fast time on and get a good hard workout from it," Heins said. "We did what we wanted coming down here today and running well at sea level."
Senior transfer Roman Acosta finished 12 spots behind Reed in 23rd, good enough for second on the men's side (25:58.5), and was followed by true freshman Brandon Hansen in 29th (26:06.9). Matthew League and Chris Ganem rounded out the team score for the men in 37th (26:33.3) and 92nd (29:16.3), respectively.
Completing the women's 205-point team score were Emily Bartz in 48th (20:44.9), Shaniya Smith in 69th (21:25.9), and Kelly Fruth in 75th (22:01.6). Also finishing for the Lumberjack women were Sarah Raber and Sarah Baker in 88th (23:09.7) and 89th (23:10.2), respectively.
The Lumberjacks are in action again next weekend, traveling to Madison, Wisc. for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 12.