NEW ORLEANS – The Northern Arizona University men's cross country team maintained its No. 1 ranking the in the NCAA Division I Mountain Region poll announced Monday morning, per the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Week one of the official USTFCCCA regional rankings were released today with the Lumberjacks holding an edge over two-time defending Mountain Region champion Colorado. The rest of the top-five remained the same from the preseason poll, with UTEP, BYU and Southern Utah claiming rankings three through five, respectively.
After having the last weekend off from competition, the NAU women stayed at No. 7 in the polls, while defending regional champ New Mexico once again retained the No. 1 spot. Colorado, BYU, Weber State and Utah finished out the top-five on the women's side.
The Lumberjack men are coming off another successful weekend in which five NAU athletes finished within the top-six for the second-consecutive race. Redshirt-junior Matt Baxter led the way for the 'Jacks with his first collegiate cross country individual win en route to a first-place team victory at the Sycamore Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The win marked the second in as many weeks for the NAU squad.
The USTFCCCA national rankings are set to be released tomorrow at 9 a.m. MT. The Lumberjack men currently hold onto the preseason No. 3 ranking in the country. Syracuse and Oregon currently rank head of the 'Jacks.