FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cross country season is right around the corner, and Northern Arizona is ready for an exciting season to begin. Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Eric Heins released the Lumberjacks' 2013 schedule on Wednesday.
"I am very excited about this schedule," said Heins. "We have a good mix of competitions that are close to home and competitions that will test us against the best in the country."
The Lumberjacks open the 2013 season at home on Sept. 7, as they host the George Kyte Invite at Buffalo Park. Northern Arizona will have an off weekend, before heading to Tucson for the Dave Murray Invitational on Sept. 20.
October will highlight a trio of meets that are set to get the Lumberjacks prepared for the conference championship. A trip to Stillwater, Okla. for the Cowboy Jamboree on Oct. 5 will test the Lumberjacks training. The men will then compete at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 19, while the women will be running at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind. on the same day.
With the Big Sky Championships being held on Nov. 2, in Bozeman, Mont., the men's team will look to defend their championship, while the women hope to improve from their third place finish from a year ago.
Ogden, Utah will be the site of the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships. The race will be held at the Schneiters Riverside Golf Course. The 2013 NCAA Championships will take place in Terre Haute, Ind., at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. USA Cross Country Championships will be held on Feb. 4, 2014 in Boulder, Colo., with a site still to be determined.
2013 NAU Cross Country Schedule
9/7/13 George Kyte Invite Flagstaff, AZ Buffalo Park
9/20/13 Dave Murray Invitational Tucson, AZ Del Ulrich Golf Course
10/5/13 Cowboy Jamboree Stillwater, OK Oklahoma State Cross Country Course
10/19/13 (MEN) Adidas Wisconsin Invitational Madison, Wis. Thomas Zimmer Championships Cross Country Course
10/19/13 (WOMEN) NCAA Pre-Nationals Terre Haute, IN Lavern Gibson Championships Cross Country Course
11/2/13 Big Sky Conference Championships Bozeman, MT Bridger Creek Golf Course
11/15/13 NCAA Mountain Regional Championships Ogden, UT Schneiters Riverside Golf Course
11/25/13 NCAA Championships Terre Haute, IN Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course
2/4/14 USA Cross Country Championships Boulder, CO TBA