TUCSON, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's cross country teams competed at the Dave Murray Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona. The Lumberjack men finished second and the women finished third.
"The men did well just holding back a little bit and conserving for the Cowboy Jamboree," said assistant coach Leah Rosenfeld. "For the women this was Caroline Hogardh's first race back which is awesome because its been pretty much a year since her last race and she raced really well. It was good across the board nothing spectacular or alarming, it was just a solid day across the board for everybody."
The NAU men were led by freshman Andy Trouard who finished fourth and junior Cody Reed who finished fifth. The pair paced themselves throughout as they prepare for the Cowboy Jamboree next week at Oklahoma State. However for Andy Trouard it was a bit of a homecoming after graduating from Salpointe Catholic.
"This is my hometown," said Trouard. "Its always fun to have friends and family cheering."
NAU's women's team was led by sophomore Caroline Hogardh who competed for the first time in almost a year after battling injury. The Lumberjack women ran as a pack throughout the race as Hogardh, Shayla Freeman, Jamie Shrader, Lauren Justus and Sarah Baker took the 16 through 20 spots, respectively.
"This years team is really fast," said Freeman. "I am so proud and excited to be apart of this team."
NAU Cross Country will compete next at the Cowboy Jamboree as the men will battle it out with No. 1 Oklahoma State and the women will get their shot at the Oklahoma State women who are currently ranked 21st in the country.