NEW ORLEANS, La. - Northern Arizona University's director of track & field and cross country Eric Heins has been named Mountain Region Cross Country Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
In his seventh season with the Lumberjacks, Heins guided NAU to a second consecutive Mountain Region title as it upset former No. 1 Colorado for the win, 61-69. Futsum Zienasellassie's third place finish led three NAU finishers in the top ten with a fourth finishing 11th. The region title added to a list of 2013 wins that included the Big Sky Conference meet and the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.
Heins' team will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday Nov. 23rd in Terre Haute, Ind. The Lumberjacks go into the meet ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time this season.