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Kanuho and Shrader Lead XC With Top 30 Finishes at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisc. – Brian Shrader and Rochelle Kanuho led the Northern Arizona University cross country teams' performances Friday morning with a pair of Top 30 finishes at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison.

Kanuho notched 27th overall in the women's 6K with a time of 20:10, leading the women to a 38th-place team finish.

"Rochelle ran a phenomenal race," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins. "She put herself in great position through the first mile and was sitting at 30th with 200 meters to go and was able to jump up three spots by the end."

Shrader took 28th overall in the men's 8K, finishing in 23:51 to lead the men to a 13th-place team finish. Freshman Futsum Zienasellassie was right behind Shrader in 31st, crossing the finish line in 23:53.

"We only had one guy out there who ran this meet last year, and the race was a lot bigger than it was last year too, so this was a great experience, and we have every one of these guys coming back here next season," Heins said. "Our race plan was to move after 5K, and I think six of our seven guys didn't get passed by anyone in the last 3,000 meters."

Freshman Nathan Weitz came third on the team, finishing 112th in 24:20. Sophomore Caleb Hoover, the only returner from 2011's eighth-place team, was 134th overall (24:36) for fourth on the team, and redshirt freshman Alejandro Montano completed the team score in 142nd with a time of 24:28. Redshirt sophomore Matt McElroy (24:28) and junior Cody Reed (24:46) rounded out the Lumberjack finishers in 145th and 201st, respectively.

On the women's side, Agnes Laurent came second for NAU, notching 100th overall in a time of 20:50. Freshman Melanie Townsend took 196th (21:21) in her first large-scale collegiate meet, followed by returner Lauren Justus in 274th (21:58), Sarah Raber in 284th (22:03), and Kylee Kieser in 290th (22:05).

Friday's meet was the last of the regular season for the Lumberjacks. NAU hosts the Big Sky Championships in two weeks, when 11 conference teams will commence on Flagstaff's Buffalo Park Oct. 27.