• NAU Sweeps Big Sky All-Sports Awards for Fourth Time in School History
    May 15, 2017
    OGDEN, Utah – For the second time in four years, and the fourth time in school history, the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department swept the Big Sky Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies, announced by the conference office on Monday. The Lumberjacks won a total of seven Big Sky Conference championships during the 2016-17 academic year and also received strong performances from several other programs.
  • NAU Graduates 44 Student-Athletes During Spring Commencement Ceremonies
    May 12, 2017
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Among the nearly 5,000 Northern Arizona University graduates this weekend will be 44 Lumberjack student-athletes, who will receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday in the Walkup Skydome. Along with the 17 fall semester graduates, NAU Athletics will graduate 61 total student-athletes this academic year.
  • NAU Athletics Celebrate at 4th Annual Louie's Awards
    May 02, 2017
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior distance runner Futsum Zienasellassie and sophomore diver Tanya Kurach were among the big winners at Monday night's Fourth Annual Louie's Awards hosted by the Northern Arizona Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Zienasellassie and Kurach were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year respectively at the end-of-year awards show at NAU's Prochnow Auditorium.
  • Baldenegro and Coggins Honored as Top Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes
    April 18, 2017
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football senior Patrick Baldenegro and women’s basketball senior Rene Coggins were honored as the Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year on Tuesday during the 39th annual Golden Eagle Awards luncheon. A total of 190 student-athletes across all 15 of NAU’s athletic programs were honored at the High Country Conference Center.
  • Lumberjacks Are Champions in the Classroom, Too
    February 09, 2017
    NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA Division I Cross Country National Champions aren’t just great performers on the course, they’re also stellar achievers in the classroom.
  • Forty Lumberjacks Pick Up Big Sky Fall All-Academic Accolades
    February 03, 2017
    OGDEN, Utah – Forty Northern Arizona student-athletes from football, volleyball, soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country were named to the Big Sky Fall All-Academic team announced today by the league office.
  • NAU Men Ranked in the Top 15 in Capital One Cup Standings
    January 24, 2017
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona is tied for 14th in the Capital One Cup in the men’s fall standings. The Lumberjacks earned 20 points towards the Capital One Cup after winning the 2016 NCAA Men's Cross Country National Championship.
  • Zienasellassie Named "Human of the Year" by FloTrack
    December 28, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Recent Northern Arizona University graduate Futsum Zienasellassie was named one of FloTrack’s “Humans of the Year” Wednesday morning for his incredible efforts during the 2016 track & field and cross country seasons.
  • NAU Ranked in the Top 20 in the Latest Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings
    December 06, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona is tied for 20th in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. The fall sport rankings were released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield. The Lumberjacks garnered 100 points this fall after capturing the 2016 NCAA Men’s Cross Country National Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 19.
  • 13 Days Later, The Story Just Keeps Getting Better
    December 02, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, 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 Award
    November 22, 2016
    NEW 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 Haute
    November 21, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, 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 Champions
    November 19, 2016
    TERRE 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.
  • Zienasellassie, Heins Speak at NCAA Championships Pre-Race Press Conference
    November 18, 2016
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – With NCAA Cross Country Championships tomorrow, some of the nation’s best athletes and coaches gathered at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center this afternoon for a pre-race press conference.
  • No. 1 Lumberjacks Compete for School's First Ever National Title on Saturday
    November 17, 2016
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A plan over a year in the making will come to a head in Indiana on Saturday as Northern Arizona University Director of Cross Country Eric Heins and his No. 1 Lumberjack men invade the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course for NCAA National Championships.
  • NAU Student-Athletes Continue to Graduate at a High Rate
    November 15, 2016
    INDIANAPOLIS, 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.
  • USTFCCCA Names Heins, Zienasellassie as NCAA Mountain Region Coach, Athlete of the Year
    November 15, 2016
    NEW ORLEANS—The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) named Northern Arizona University Director of Cross Country Eric Heins the NCAA Mountain Region Coach of the Year while also awarding the team’s top-athlete Futsum Zienasellassie with the region’s Male Athlete of the Year honor Tuesday afternoon.
  • Lumberjacks Head Into NCAA Championships as the Favorites
    November 14, 2016
    NEW ORLEANS – For the third-straight United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) National Poll, the Northern Arizona University men find themselves unanimously atop the week seven rankings.
  • NAU Men Win Third Regional Title in Five Seasons, Book Ticket to Nationals
    November 11, 2016
    LOGAN, Utah – The Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team is going to nationals.
  • Regional Ready: Lumberjack Cross Country Races in Utah on Friday
    November 10, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Lumberjack cross country program is Utah bound as the season shifts toward Logan and the NCAA Mountain Region Championships this weekend.
  • Honorable Heins: NAU's Director of Cross Country Garners 27th Big Sky COTY Award
    November 02, 2016
    OGDEN, Utah – A storybook season continues for Director of Cross Country Eric Heins, as he was named the 2016 Big Sky Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year Wednesday afternoon.
  • NAU Men's Team Once Again Garners the Unanimous No. 1 National Ranking
    November 01, 2016
    NEW ORLEANS – For the second-consecutive United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Poll, the Northern Arizona University men’s team ranks No. 1 unanimously in the nation.
  • Lumberjack Men Finish Regional Poll Season Where They Started, Women Move Up
    October 31, 2016
    NEW ORLEANS – There has been six regional polls released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) this 2016 season, and the No. 1 Lumberjack men have topped the list each and every week.
  • NAU Sweeps the Big Sky Cross Country Championships for 15th Time in School History
    October 28, 2016
    MOSCOW, Idaho – Whew. Now that we can finally take a breath, what a thrilling day it was.
  • The Road to NCAA's Begins Tomorrow with Big Sky XC Conference Championships
    October 27, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In 2015, the Lumberjack men came in second place at the Big Sky Conference Championships, breaking an eight-year team title streak and a 10-year individual athlete championship streak.
  • Gilchrist With a First-Place Finish for the NAU Women at ASU
    October 21, 2016
    PHOENIX, 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.
  • Lumberjacks Head To Phoenix for ASU Invitational Tonight
    October 20, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University cross country program will send down a group of male and female athletes for the Arizona State Invitational tonight in Phoenix.
  • Catch Up With Coach Heins: Week Five
    October 19, 2016
    FLAGSTAFF, 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 Lumberjacks
    October 18, 2016
    NEW 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 Honor
    October 18, 2016
    OGDEN, 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.
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