13 Days Later, The Story Just Keeps Getting BetterFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly two weeks ago, the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona hustled their way to the university’s first-ever NCAA Division I National Championship on the backs of four All-American performances—a race-best that tied a school record—and seven top-100 finishes—the only such team to do so.
Heins Receives USTFCCCA's 2016 Bill Dellinger AwardNEW ORLEANS – Northern Arizona University Director of Cross Country Eric Heins received the 2016 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Bill Dellinger Award Tuesday afternoon, given to the men’s national coach of the year.
Forged in Flagstaff, Achieved in Terre HauteFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Here we are: 48 hours removed from arguably the greatest sports moment in the history of Northern Arizona University athletics, and it still feels somewhat like a dream.
The Lumberjacks are NCAA National ChampionsTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – If you ask most people around the country to point out Flagstaff, Ariz., on a map, there would be some trouble doing so. Even more would have a hard time telling you that city is home to Northern Arizona University—a haven for distance runners.
NAU Student-Athletes Continue to Graduate at a High RateINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 84 leads the Big Sky Conference, according to a national report released Tuesday. The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. NAU’s rate is the second-highest in the state of Arizona amongst the Regent institutions.
Gilchrist With a First-Place Finish for the NAU Women at ASUPHOENIX, Ariz. – Redshirt-junior Paige Gilchrist led the way for the Northern Arizona University women’s cross country team at the Arizona State Invitational tonight, completing the three-mile course with a final time of 18:03 and a first-place finish.
Catch Up With Coach Heins: Week FiveFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A huge team victory and the subsequent unanimous No. 1 ranking the country deserves a plethora of recognition, and the Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team has received just that.
Unanimous No. 1 Team in the Country: The NAU LumberjacksNEW ORLEANS – The unprecedented and historic season continues for the Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team, as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) named the Lumberjacks the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation earlier this morning.
Zienasellassie Earns Season's First Athlete of the Week HonorOGDEN, UTAH – This past weekend, the No. 1 nationally-ranked Northern Arizona men’s cross country team faced its first test of the season and passed with flying colors, winning the 2016 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational thanks in large part to the low-stick performance of three-time XC All-American Futsum Zienasellassie.
NAU Men Stay at No. 1, Women Move Up to No. 9 in this Week's USTFCCCA Regional PollNEW ORLEANS – After not releasing a regional or national poll last week, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) came out with its week five NCAA Division I Regional Rankings today with the No. 1 Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks holding their stake as the Mountain Region’s top team.
NAU Women Earn First-Place Finish at T-Bird ClassicMESA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University women’s cross country team made the most of a weekend trip down to Mesa for the Thunderbird Classic hosted by Mesa Community College today, finishing first overall as a team and placing first through fourth individually.
Lumberjacks Hit the Road for the T-Bird ClassicFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University cross country men’s and women’s squad will travel with some athletes down to Mesa this weekend for the 2016 Mesa Thunderbird Classic tomorrow morning.
Catch Up With Coach Heins: Week FourFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Director of Cross Country Eric Heins is no stranger to success. In his 10 years as a Lumberjack coach, he has won 26 Big Sky Conference titles, been named the conference’s Coach of the Year 25 times, guided five men’s cross country teams to top-five finishes at NCAA Championships, and has coached a total of 30 NCAA All-America athletes, four of whom became Olympic athletes.
NAU Men Retain Region's Top Position, Women Remain 10thNEW ORLEANS – Another fall Monday means another United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Poll, and the Northern Arizona University men’s team once again finds itself atop the NCAA Division I Regional Rankings for the fifth-consecutive week, which includes the preseason.
Lumberjack Men Rank First in the CountryNEW ORLEANS – For only the second time in school history, the Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team ranks No. 1 in the nation, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) announced earlier this morning.
USTFCCCA Releases Week Three Regional RankingsNEW ORLEANS – The USTFCCCA released its week three regional rankings this morning, with both Lumberjack cross country squads maintaining their week two spots—No. 1 for the men and No. 10 for the women—in the Mountain Region.
NAU Women Earn 19th-Place Finish Saturday Afternoon in MinnesotaMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – An eventful day on the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course ended with the Northern Arizona University women’s cross country team engineering an 18th-place finish among the 34 team field at the 2016 Roy Griak Invitational Saturday afternoon. With their finish, the Lumberjack women were the only Big Sky school to place within the top-20.
Another Week, Another Team Victory for the Lumberjack MenTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Despite it being only the second week of the cross country season, the Northern Arizona University men seem to be in midseason form as the Lumberjacks produced another team victory for the second consecutive week at the Sycamore Invitational earlier today.
Lumberjack Men Compete at Sycamore Invitational SaturdayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With the first official meet of the 2016 season under its belt, the third-ranked Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team will compete at the Sycamore Invitational hosted by Indiana State this Saturday, Sept. 10, in Terre Haute, Ind.
NAU Men Capture Fifth-Straight GKC Title, Women Place SecondFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The first five Lumberjacks to cross the finish line all placed within the top-six spots, as the Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team emerged victorious at the 36th annual George Kyte Classic Saturday afternoon.