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December 11, 2014
2015 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nominations are open for the 2015 Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame. All nomination forms must be received by March 1, 2015.

November 25, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back to the Community in Operation Christmas Child
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.

November 22, 2014
Men's Team, Melanie Townsend Finish the Season Strong at the NCAA Championships
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 10 Northern Arizona men’s cross country defied expectations today in Terre Haute, Ind. when they came in with 188 points, good for a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

November 18, 2014
No. 10 Men's Cross Country and Melanie Townsend Compete at the NCAA Championships
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a runner-up finish at the NCAA Mountain Regional last Friday, No. 10 Northern Arizona men’s cross country are joined by women’s individual qualifier Melanie Townsend at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

November 14, 2014
Men's Team, Melanie Townsend Qualify for NCAA Cross Country Championships at Mountain Regional
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No. 10 Northern Arizona men’s cross country punched their ticket to another NCAA National Championship today with their runner-up finish at the Mountain Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. hosted by the University of New Mexico.

November 13, 2014
NAU Athletics Inducts the 2014 Hall of Fame Class
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department held its annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 7. This year's inductees included All-American football player Dan Finn, national champion and Olympian Lopez Lomong, Big Sky Soccer Player of the Year and three-time all-conference honoree Cee Cee Odorfer and the Big Sky Tournament Champion 1999-2000 men's basketball team.

November 12, 2014
Lumberjack Cross Country to New Mexico for Mountain Regional
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off a sweep at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships, Northern Arizona cross country is off to the University of New Mexico for Friday’s NCAA Mountain Regional, the final step before the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 22.

November 5, 2014
Eric Heins Named Big Sky Cross Country Coach of the Year
OGDEN, Utah - After leading the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team to their eighth consecutive Big Sky Championship and the women to their first since 2009, Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins has been named the Big Sky Cross Country Coach of the Year by his fellow Big Sky cross country coaches.

November 4, 2014
Lumberjack Men Ranked 10th in National Cross Country Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona men’s cross country held onto their No. 10 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranking today after winning their eighth consecutive Big Sky Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

November 3, 2014
NAU Athletics November Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Matt McElroy of the cross country team and Alexis Juergens of the swimming & diving team are featured in Lumberjack Academics’ monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of November.

November 1, 2014
Lumberjacks Sweep Big Sky Cross Country Championships
GRAND FORKS, N.D.- Northern Arizona cross country added two more titles to their storied collection today with a sweep of the men’s and women’s Big Sky Cross Country Championships.

October 30, 2014
Lumberjacks Kick-Off Their Championship Season this Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona cross country heads to Grand Forks N.D. this weekend to take on the Big Sky Championships hosted by North Dakota.

October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.

October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.

October 24, 2014
'Jacks Battle the Heat at Arizona State Invitational
TEMPE, Ariz. – Resting their top-runners in the week leading up to the Big Sky Championships, Northern Arizona cross country used today’s Arizona State Invitational to finalize their championship roster on the women’s side and give a competition opportunity to younger team members.

October 22, 2014
Northern Arizona Ranked 10th in National Cross Country Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Despite a sixth-place finish at Wisconsin, Northern Arizona men’s cross country stays in the top-10 in the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association poll. The ‘Jacks pulled 238 points for their 10th-place ranking and remain second behind No. 1 Colorado in the regional poll.

October 22, 2014
Cross Country Faces Arizona and Arizona State Tomorrow in Tempe
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After two weeks of tough competition at Washington, Wisconsin and Pre-Nationals, Northern Arizona cross country is giving their B-teams a chance to stretch their legs tomorrow at Arizona State. The meet is set to start at 4 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz.

October 22, 2014
Zienasellassie Named Big Sky Athlete of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – Junior Futsum Zienasellassie has been named the Big Sky Athlete of the Week for men’s cross country for his performance at last week’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

October 18, 2014
Townsend Leads Women's Cross Country at NCAA Pre-Nationals
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Northern Arizona women's cross country made a strong showing at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, finishing 11th out of 43 teams. The 'Jacks posted a score of 467, led by sophomore Melanie Townsend.

October 17, 2014
Zienasellassie and McElroy Lead 'Jacks at Wisconsin adidas Invitational
MADISON, Wis. – No. 3 Northern Arizona finished sixth today at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational despite top-five performances from Futsum Zienasellassie and Matt McElroy. The 'Jacks posted a score of 225, closely following Stanford's 220.

October 16, 2014
'Jacks Split Between Wisconsin adidas Invitational and Pre-Nationals this Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 3 Northern Arizona men’s cross country team takes on 18 ranked teams this Friday at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. The race is off on Friday at 11 a.m.

October 7, 2014
'Jacks Third in Fourth National Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La – Northern Arizona men’s cross country experienced their first shake-up in the national rankings as they dropped to third, replaced by last week’s No. 3 Oregon.

October 7, 2014
Melanie Townsend Named Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of the Week
ODGEN, Utah – Sophomore Melanie Townsend has been named the Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

October 6, 2014
'Jacks Stay in Second in Regional Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona men’s cross country holds steady at second in the mountain regional poll again this week. Pulling out their A-team for the first time, the ‘Jacks finished first ahead of No. 20 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford.

October 4, 2014
Lumberjacks Pass Their First Test at Washington
SEATTLE, Wash. - No. 2 Northern Arizona men's cross country was up to the challenge today at the Washington Invitational in Seattle. The 'Jacks tallied 62 as they captured first place at the meet.

October 3, 2014
The Race is On: 'Jacks XC Faces Its First Test at Washington
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 2 Northern Arizona men’s cross country faces its first test of the season this weekend at the Washington Invitational in Seattle. After competing several top-runners unattached at George Kyte and sending the second-half of the roster to Dave Murray, the Lumberjacks are set to reveal their full line-up when they meet with No. 5 Stanford and a slew of top-15 opponents at UW.

October 1, 2014
NAU Athletics October Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Janae Vander Ploeg of the volleyball team and Caleb Hoover of the cross country team are featured in Lumberjack Academics’ monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of October.

September 30, 2014
'Jacks Stay Second in the Nation for the Third Week
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona men’s cross country holds on to their No. 2 national ranking for the third week of the regular season.

September 29, 2014
'Jacks Remain Near the Top of Regional Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Northern Arizona cross country stays at the top of the region on both the men’s and women’s side for the third week of the regular season. The men hold steady in the number two spot while the women jumped from the fifth spot to the fourth.

September 23, 2014
Lumberjacks Hold at No. 2 in Third National Cross Country Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona men’s cross country has held on to their No. 2 spot in the USTFCCCA coaches’ poll for the third week. 2013 champion Colorado remains No. 1.

September 22, 2014
'Jacks Stay in Second in Regional Cross Country Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona men’s cross country regional ranking holds at second this week, still behind reigning national champion Colorado.

September 19, 2014
Lumberjacks Test Depth at Dave Murray Invitational
TUCSON, Ariz. – Northern Arizona men’s and women’s cross country tested the depth in its rosters today at the Dave Murray Invitational hosted by Arizona and came out with two second-place finishes.

September 18, 2014
Cross Country Travels to Tucson for Dave Murray Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona cross country travels to Tucson, Ariz. tomorrow for the Dave Murray Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona. Women run the 3-mile at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s 4.25-mile at 5:45 p.m.

September 16, 2014
Lumberjack Men Second in First Regular Season Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona men’s cross country is ranked second in the nation on the first weekly coaches’ poll released today by USTFCCCA. They were also picked second in the preseason coaches’ poll.

September 15, 2014
Men Stay at Second in Regional Cross Country Poll, Women Sit in Fifth
NEW ORLEANS, La. - There was no change in the regional men's cross country poll released this morning by the USTFCCCA. The Lumberjack men remain in second behind reigning national champion Colorado.

September 9, 2014
Melanie Townsend and Matt McElroy Named Big Sky Athletes of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – Junior Melanie Townsend and senior Matt McElroy were named Big Sky Athletes of the Week for cross country this afternoon by the conference office.

September 6, 2014
Lumberjacks Start Strong at George Kyte Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Matt McElroy and the Northern Arizona men's cross country team had a strong first showing at the Lumberjack-hosted George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park. McElroy walked away with first place in the men's 4.5-mile with a time of 22:20.80 and the team finished in first.

September 4, 2014
Lumberjacks Open 2014 Season with George Kyte Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona cross country opens what is sure to be an exciting season this Saturday when they host the George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.

September 2, 2014
NAU Coaches Luncheon Dates for Fall 2014
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department has released the dates of the NAU Coaches Luncheon for 2014. The first coaches luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at Collins Irish Pub located at 2 N. Leroux St. in downtown Flagstaff. All luncheons will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., but the location will vary. Admission to all luncheons is free with special lunch discounts.

August 26, 2014
Lumberjack Men Ranked Second in National Preseason Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – After being picked first in the Big Sky this morning, Northern Arizona men's cross country has been ranked second in the nation in the preseason coaches' poll release by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

August 26, 2014
Lumberjack Cross Country Tops the Conference in Preseason Poll
OGDEN, Utah – The Lumberjack men's and women's cross country teams were picked to finish atop of the Big Sky today in the preseason coaches' poll released this morning by the conference office.

August 25, 2014
Lumberjack Men Second in Regional Preseason Poll, Women Fourth
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released their preseason regional coaches’ poll today, placing the Northern Arizona men second behind reigning national champion Colorado.

August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.

August 8, 2014
Elevated Hopes: Lumberjacks look to return to national stage in 2014
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team garnered national attention last fall with their runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and look to build on that success with top-finishers Futsum Zienasellassie and Matt McElroy returning for the 2014 season.

August 5, 2014
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August 4, 2014
Wine & Dine Tickets On Sale Now
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 18th Annual Wine & Dine in the Pines will take place Sunday, August 17 at the Hart Prairie Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with over 150 wines courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits, 21 of the finest restaurants in Northern Arizona and craft beers courtesy of Northland Beverage. Tickets to this event are only $85 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit Northern Arizona University student-athlete scholarships.

July 13, 2014
NAU Athletics Wins Back-to-Back Big Sky Presidents’ Cup
OGDEN, Utah – For the second straight year, Northern Arizona Athletics has captured the Big Sky Presidents’ Cup presented by Red Lion Hotels. NAU finished first in overall in athletic points for the second consecutive year, in addition to claiming the Big Sky Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Trophies in May.

July 10, 2014
NAU Athletics Reaches 100 Percent Staff Giving
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics is proud to announce that its department has achieved 100 percent staff giving for the 2013-14 school year for the first time in school history.

July 3, 2014
NAU Cross Country Releases 2014 Slate
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s and women’s cross country teams have announced their schedule for the 2014 season. After a 2013 campaign that saw the Lumberjack men claim second in the nation, and the Lumberjack women finish second in the Big Sky, NAU fans can now see what’s in store for 2014.

May 19, 2014
NAU Captures Men’s and Women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona has captured both the men’s and women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophies, the conference office announced Monday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and a sweep by the men’s and women’s teams this past weekend secured NAU the win on both sides. The sweep is the first true sweep by any school since 2000-01.

May 16, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Exceed Community Service Goal for 2013-14 Academic Year
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes have been a bright sight to see in the Flagstaff community and surrounding areas. The Lumberjack student-athletes take pride in giving back, and this past school year was no exception.

May 16, 2014
Ida Nilsson – No. 3 Big Sky Greatest Female Athletes
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona’s Ida Nilsson ranks No. 3 on the Big Sky Conference's list of "25 Greatest Female Athletes.'' The 11-time All-American is one of the most decorated runners in Lumberjack and Big Sky history.

May 14, 2014
Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona women’s tennis and swimming & diving were both honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. This is the second straight year women’s tennis has received the honor.

May 9, 2014
Forty-Three Student-Athletes to Receive Degrees This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Forty-three Northern Arizona student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend as part of the Spring 2014 commencement ceremonies. When adding in the 15 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 58 graduates for the 2013-14 academic year.

May 8, 2014
NAU Cross Country's Hardin Finishing on His Own Terms
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University's men's cross country and track & field team has had an incredible year thus far. Every team needs an athlete that will put it all on the line and do the little things, while not getting a ton of publicity or recognition. For NAU men's cross country and track & field that person is fifth-year senior Josh Hardin.

May 5, 2014
NAU Leads All-Sports Trophy Race
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are leading the pack in the Big Sky Conference All-Sports Trophy races. The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championship are the only standings left to be calculated, and both Lumberjack teams are in the mix to come out on top.

April 3, 2014
NAU Athletics April Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Jacquie LeMarr of the golf team and Brian Shrader of the track & field team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of April.

February 14, 2014
Men's Cross Country Garners Academic Award
NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA Division I Cross Country Champion Providence women and the Northern Arizona men have been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Scholar Team of the year for the 2013 cross country season among 217 women’s programs and 160 men’s programs that earned All-Academic Team honors.

January 24, 2014
35 NAU Student-Athletes Named Big Sky Fall All-Academic
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's cross country teams placed a total of 35 student-athletes on the fall 2013 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office.

January 22, 2014
NAU Athletics Hosts 2nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletics department will once again celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day for the second consecutive year with a celebration that will stretch over two weekends in February. The celebration will begin on Saturday, Feb. 8, with a Youth Sports Symposium in conjunction with the NAU men’s basketball game against Southern Utah that night and will continue the following weekend with a meet and greet and halftime recognition at the NAU women’s basketball game against Eastern Washington. The clinic on Feb. 8 is open to all youth, both boys and girls, in 1st-8th grade and requires pre-registration.

January 10, 2014
NAU Ranked 22nd in Capital One Cup Standings
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Capital One Cup Fall Standings have been announced and Northern Arizona University is currently ranked 22nd in the Capital One Cup men’s standings.

January 10, 2014
Former Lumberjack to Compete on the World Stage
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Former Northern Arizona University cross country runner Rochelle Kanuho was selected to represent the United States at the 25th Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday, January 11th.

December 10, 2013
Cross Country Season Recap - The Best Has Yet to Come
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's cross country program had a very successful fall season. The season was capped by the NAU women showing a dramatic improvement from the 2012 season as well as having a runner compete at the national meet and the NAU men finishing the season as national runner-up.

December 5, 2013
NAU Ranks 25th in First Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
CLEVELAND, Ohio – To date, three fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's cross country – Providence; men's cross country – Colorado; field hockey - Connecticut.

November 23, 2013
Men's Cross Country Finishes as National Runner-Up
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Northern Arizona University's men's cross country team competed at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships at the historic Levern Gibson Cross Country Course. The Lumberjack men finished second led by a trio of All-Americans. Rolonda Jumbo of the women's cross country also competed as an individual finishing 195th at her first national meet.

November 20, 2013
NAU Coaches Luncheon This Wednesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Athletics coaches luncheon will be held this Wednesday, November 20 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Collins Irish Pub located at 2 N. Leroux St. in downtown Flagstaff. Admission is FREE and Collins will provide a special menu for each luncheon.

November 19, 2013
Heins Named Mountain Region Coach of the Year
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.

November 19, 2013
National Championship Hopes for No. 1 NAU Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team as well as Rolonda Jumbo of the women’s cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday Nov. 23rd. The men’s 10K will begin at noon followed by the women’s 8K beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET.

November 18, 2013
Men's Cross Country No. 1
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its weekly national rankings today. NAU men’s cross country is on top of the poll for the first time since the beginning of USTFCCCA records in 1995 after taking down former No. 1 Colorado and winning the Mountain Region, perhaps the nation’s deepest region.

November 16, 2013
Jumbo to Represent Women's Cross Country at Nationals
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Rolonda Jumbo of the Northern Arizona University women’s cross country team has qualified to compete at the NCAA National Championships. Although the women’s team as a whole did not qualify, Jumbo’s All-Region performance at the Mountain Regional Championship meet allowed for her to be selected to compete individually.

November 15, 2013
NAU Cross Country to Compete at the Mountain Regional Championships
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University’s cross country program will compete at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships hosted by Weber State in Ogden, Utah. The meet will be held on Friday Nov. 15th with the women’s 6K beginning at 1:15 p.m. and the men’s 10K beginning at noon. This is a big weekend for NAU cross country as the women, fifth in the region, continue their quest to compete at the NCAA Championships and the men, second in the region, begin their quest toward a national championship.

November 15, 2013
Men's Cross Country Regional Champs, Women's Cross Country Finishes Strong
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona University’s cross country program competed at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships hosted by Weber State University. The Lumberjack men came away with a first place finish and the women finished sixth.

November 5, 2013
Heins Wins Seventh Consecutive Big Sky COY Award
OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona University’s cross country program has been awarded yet another Big Sky accolade. Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins has been selected as the Big Sky Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The 2013 recipients were chosen in a vote by the league’s coaches earlier this week.

November 4, 2013
NAU Cross Country Women Face Changes in Mountain Region Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its weekly regional rankings today. Northern Arizona University’s men remain ranked second in the Mountain Region and the women dropped to fifth.

November 2, 2013
NAU Cross Country Men Big Sky Champions, Women Finish Second
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Northern Arizona University’s cross country program competed at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 2nd. The Lumberjack men finished first and the women finished second.

October 30, 2013
It's Championship Season for NAU Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University’s cross country teams will compete at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 2nd. The meet is hosted by Montana State in Bozeman, Mont.

October 24, 2013
Meet the Shraders
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University’s athletic communications department caught up with cross country athletes Brian Shrader and Jamie Shrader to ask a few questions. Find out more about the sibling teammates by checking out the Q&A below!

October 22, 2013
NAU Men's Cross Country No. 2 Again
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The USTFCCCA released its weekly national rankings today. Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team return to a No. 2 ranking after sitting at No. 3 for the past two weeks.

October 22, 2013
Zienasellassie Wins Second Big Sky Athlete of the Week Award
OGDEN, Utah - The Big Sky Conference has selected the men’s and women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week. Northern Arizona’s Futsum Zienasellassie was named men’s AOTW, while Sacramento State’s Rachel Mitchell was named women’s AOTW.

October 21, 2013
No Changes in the Mountain Region for NAU Cross Country
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its regional rankings for this week today. Northern Arizona University’s cross country teams saw no changes in their rank within the Mountain Region.

October 19, 2013
A Step in the Right Direction for Women's Cross Country
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Northern Arizona University's women's cross country team traveled to the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet where it garnered a 22nd place finish in the women's 6K.

October 19, 2013
Men's Cross Country Takes Adidas Wisconsin Invitational Championship
MADISON, Wis. - Northern Arizona University's men's cross country team traveled to the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational on Saturday October 19th. The NAU men garnered a first place finish against a very strong field of competition.

October 18, 2013
NAU Athletics Mourns the Loss of an All-Time Great
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletic department mourns the loss of former cross country and track & field athlete Johanna Nilsson, who passed away on Tuesday, June 25th.

October 16, 2013
No. 3 NAU Men's Cross Country Graces the Front Page of FloTrack.org
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country program currently graces the front page of FloTrack.com.

October 15, 2013
NAU Coaches Luncheon This Wednesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Athletics coaches luncheon will be held this Wednesday, October 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Collins Irish Pub located at 2 N. Leroux St. in downtown Flagstaff. Admission is FREE and Collins will provide a special menu for each luncheon.

October 15, 2013
Major Weekend for NAU Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University’s cross country’s teams are slated to compete this weekend on October 19th. The Lumberjack men will travel to the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational which will be held on the beautiful Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The Lumberjack women will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Pre-National Invitational.

October 8, 2013
NAU Men's Cross Country No. 3 in the Nation
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released this week’s national rankings today. Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team is ranked No. 3 in the country for the second consecutive week.

October 7, 2013
No Change in the Mountain Region for NAU Cross Country
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its regional rankings for this week today. Northern Arizona University’s cross country teams saw no changes in their rank within the Mountain Region.

October 4, 2013
NAU Athletics Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos has announced the newest members of the 2013 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame class. Making up the class is cross country/track & field U.S. Olympian Lopez Lomong, inaugural women’s soccer player Raegan Eyers and three-time women’s basketball All-Big Sky honoree Jess LeBlanc.

October 1, 2013
NAU Cross Country Sweeps Big Sky Athlete of the Week Honors
OGDEN, Utah - The Big Sky Conference has selected the men's and women's Cross Country Athletes of the Week. Northern Arizona's Futsum Zienasellassie was named men's AOTW, while NAU's Melanie Townsend was named women's AOTW.

October 1, 2013
NAU Cross Country Facing Changes in National Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its weekly national rankings today. Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team dropped to No. 3 in the country and the women were able to garner a national vote.

September 30, 2013
Changes in the Mountain Region for NAU Cross Country
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its weekly regional rankings and this week’s comes with some changes. Northern Arizona University’s women’s cross country team improved to being ranked fourth in the Mountain Region and the men drop to second in the Mountain Region.

September 28, 2013
Strong Showing for NAU Cross Country at the Cowboy Jamboree
STILLWATER, Okla. - Northern Arizona University's cross country teams competed at the Cowboy Jamboree hosted by Oklahoma State. The Lumberjack men finished second with three runners in the top-10 and the women finished third with two runners in the top-10.

September 26, 2013
NAU Cross Country Featured on the Big Sky Conference's "50 Greatest Moments"
OGDEN, Utah - The Big Sky Conference released the first edition of its "50 Greatest Moments” and 45th on the list is the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team’s second place finish at the NCAA national championships in 1988 and 1995.

September 24, 2013
NAU Men Remain No. 2 in the Country
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its weekly cross country national rankings today. Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team boasts a No. 2 national ranking for the third consecutive week.

September 23, 2013
No Change in Rank in the Mountain Region for NAU
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The USTFCCCA released its regional rankings for this week. Northern Arizona University’s cross country teams did not experience any changes in their rank in the Mountain Region. The Lumberjack men remain atop of the region in first place and the women round out the top five at fifth.

September 20, 2013
Lumberjack Cross Country Solid at Dave Murray Invitational
Northern Arizona University's cross country teams competed at the Dave Murray Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona. The Lumberjack men finished second and the women finished third.

September 17, 2013
NAU Coaches Luncheon This Wednesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona coaches luncheon will be held this Wednesday, September 18 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Collins Irish Pub located at 2 N. Leroux St. in downtown Flagstaff. Admission is FREE and Collins will provide a special menu for each luncheon.

September 17, 2013
Men's Cross Country Still No. 2 in the Nation
Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team remains ranked No. 2 in the nation according to the USTFCCCA.

September 16, 2013
Cross Country Remains at the Top of the Mountain Region
Northern Arizona University's cross country teams remain highly regarded in the mountain region.

September 10, 2013
McElroy and Townsend Selected as Big Sky Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week
Two Northern Arizona University cross country athletes were selected as Big Sky Conference Athletes of the Week today for their performances over the weekend.

September 7, 2013
NAU Cross Country Impressive at the George Kyte Classic
NAU cross country began its season in impressing fashion as the men cruised to a first place finish and the women finishing second. The Lumberjacks were led by junior Matt McElroy who finished first with a time of 24:45.3 and sophomore Melanie Townsend who finished third with a time of 17:12.4.

September 4, 2013
Cross Country Opens Up Season With George Kyte Classic
Northern Arizona University’s cross country program will open up its season Saturday as it hosts the George Kyte Classic. This year marks the 33rd running of the annual George Kyte Classic at Flagstaff’s Buffalo Park.

August 29, 2013
NAU Athletics Host Clinic at Hopi Reservation
POLACCA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Athletics Department may be located in Flagstaff, but every time NAU takes the field or steps out into the community, it strives to represent the greater northern Arizona area. To do that, the Lumberjacks need to reach out and make connections. On Thursday, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos led several members of the NAU coaching family to the Hopi Reservation and conducted a clinic for nearly 300 elementary school children from First Mesa Elementary School and Hopi Day School.

August 27, 2013
Men's Cross Country Ranked No. 2 in Preseason Polls
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the Division 1 Preseason National Coaches Poll today. The Northern Arizona University’s men’s cross country team was voted to finish No. 2 behind defending champion Oklahoma State.

August 24, 2013
Lumberjack Student-Athletes Lend a Hand for NAU Move-In Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Despite a rainy day in Flagstaff, the Northern Arizona Athletic Department partnered with Welcome Jacks, a volunteer group of students and student-athletes who helped guide students and their families to their assigned residential halls and move their belongings into their rooms, as a part of NAU Move-In Day.

August 22, 2013
NAU Men’s Cross Country Featured in Running Times Magazine
The NAU men’s cross country team is already making their presence felt this season, currently gracing the front page of RunningTimes.com.

August 21, 2013
NAU Coaches Luncheon Dates Announced
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department has released the dates of the NAU Coaches Luncheon for the 2013 Fall Semester. The first coaches luncheon will be held on Wednesday, August 21. All luncheons will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Collins Irish Pub located at 2 N. Leroux St. in downtown Flagstaff. Admission is FREE to all luncheons and Collins will provide a special menu for each luncheon.

August 21, 2013
A Sneak Peek at the Cross Country Teams
This year’s cross country teams has its work cut out for them to improve on last year’s success. With the men’s team coming off a sixth consecutive Big Sky Conference cross country championship, finishing the season ranked fourth in the country and the women’s team jumping from being ranked 7th in the Big Sky Conference to finishing last season ranked 3rd, the bar has been set pretty high for NAU cross country.

August 20, 2013
Men's Cross Country Picked to Repeat as Big Sky Champs
The Big Sky Conference released the results for the Cross Country preseason poll today. The NAU men’s team was picked unanimously by the league’s coaches to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions this upcoming season garnering all eleven first place votes. The NAU women were picked to finish second in the Big Sky Conference this upcoming season behind reigning Big Sky Conference champion Weber State University.

July 25, 2013
Lumberjack Cross Country Releases 2013 Slate
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.

April 16, 2013
Track and Field's Montano Becomes American Citizen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University sophomore distance runner Alejandro Montano, in what he calls one of the most important moments of his life, fulfilled a lifelong dream in becoming a citizen of the United States Friday at the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse in Phoenix.

February 28, 2013
Hoover and Shrader Make USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced earlier this week that Northern Arizona University men's cross country athletes Caleb Hoover and Brian Shrader, as well as the Lumberjack men's and women's cross country teams, were named to the 2012 Division I All-Academic Cross Country teams.

February 6, 2013
Northern Arizona Signing Day Headquarters
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football program will announce its 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at its 2013 National Signing Day event at Granny's Closet (218 S. Milton Road, Flagstaff, Ariz.). The football, soccer, and track and field programs can sign student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend NAU in the fall starting Wednesday.

November 19, 2012
Zienasellassie Honored by Flotrack as Nation's Top Freshman
AUSTIN, Texas - Northern Arizona cross country standout Futsum Zienasellassie was named by cross country and track and field authority Flotrack.org as the nation's top freshman, earning their FloFrosh award, after the Indianapolis, Ind. native was named an All-American following a 31st-place finish at Saturday's NCAA National Cross Country Championships.

November 17, 2012
Men's Cross Country Fourth at NCAAs; Two Earn All-America
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Widely considered the biggest Cinderella story in the world of cross country in 2012, the Northern Arizona University men's team stole a podium spot for the eighth time in school history with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, led by All-American efforts from Brian Shrader, who took 15th in a time of 29:37.7, and Futsum Zienasellassie, who came 31st overall in 29:54.1.

November 16, 2012
2012 NAU Men's Cross Country: From Rebuilding to Reloading
When the Northern Arizona University men's cross country team lost five seniors, including two All-Americans in Diego Estrada and Jordan Chipangama, from the 2011 squad that placed 14th at the NCAA Championships, the general consensus was that 2012 would be somewhat of a rebuilding year.

November 15, 2012
Cross Country's Men, Kanuho Off to Louisville for NCAAs
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eight men and one woman from the Northern Arizona University cross country teams made the trip to Louisville, Ky. Thursday in preparation for Saturday's NCAA Championships at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Both the men's team and Rochelle Kanuho earned auto-bids to the championship meets thanks to stellar finishes at last weekend's Mountain Region Championships.

November 14, 2012
Heins Nabs First Mountain Region Coach of the Year Award
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the winners of USTFCCCA Region Coaches of the Year honors for the 2012 cross country season in Division I as voted by the division's coaches, and among them, for the first time in his career, was Northern Arizona University's Eric Heins.

November 12, 2012
Brothers Find Third Home in Running at Northern Arizona
For brothers Futsum Zienasellassie and Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, running at Northern Arizona University as part of the cross country and track and field teams is part of their American dream, being lived out in the mountains of Flagstaff, a far cry—both in distance and in climate—from their home country of Eritrea.

November 10, 2012
Kanuho Earns Auto Bid to NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – Northern Arizona University's Rochelle Kanuho will have one last hurrah before her final cross country season comes to a close. The senior and Flagstaff native learned of her automatic bid in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championships after the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced Friday night the team and individual qualifiers for next Saturday's championship meet.

November 9, 2012
Men's Cross Country Wins Big at Mountain Regionals
FT. COLLINS, Colo. – For just the sixth time in school history, the Northern Arizona men's cross country team came away with a team victory at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships. Thanks to Top-10 finishes by Futsum Zienasellassie, Brian Shrader, and Matt McElroy, the Lumberjacks posted a team score of 56 points, clinching the win by 13 points Friday afternoon at Collindale Golf Course.

November 7, 2012
Cross Country Venturing to Mountain Regionals Friday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The reigning Big Sky Champion Northern Arizona men's cross country team, along with the conference's third-place Lumberjack women, will travel to Ft. Collins, Colo. Friday to compete in the 2012 Mountain Region Championships, being hosted by Colorado State University at Collindale Golf Course.

October 31, 2012
Heins Named Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year by Big Sky
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference announced Wednesday that Northern Arizona University Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins was named Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year for the sixth-consecutive year.

October 27, 2012
Cross Country Trio Leads Men to Record Sixth-Straight Big Sky Crown
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Saturday morning's race for the men's Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championship ended with the best kind of photo finish for Northern Arizona University's Brian Shrader, Matt McElroy, and Futsum Zienasellassie, as the Lumberjack trio proudly crossed the finish line together and sealed a sixth-straight team victory for the storied program.

October 25, 2012
Shrader and Kanuho to Lead Cross Country at Big Sky Meet Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For just the third time in program history, the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks will play host to the rest of the Big Sky Conference and the 2012 Cross Country Championships, to be held at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park Saturday morning.

October 12, 2012
Kanuho and Shrader Lead XC With Top 30 Finishes at Wisconsin
MADISON, Wisc. – Brian Shrader and Rochelle Kanuho led the Northern Arizona University cross country teams' performances Friday morning with a pair of Top 30 finishes at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison.

October 11, 2012
Wisconsin Adidas Invite Friday Brings Tough Test for Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2012 Northern Arizona University cross country season will heat up Friday morning when the Lumberjack men and women take to the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisc. for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, their biggest and final regular season test before the Big Sky Cross Country Championships.

October 9, 2012
Reed Earns Big Sky Weekly Honor for GCU Invite Finish
OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona University's Cody Reed was named the Big Sky Conference Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week Tuesday afternoon, following his 11th-place showing at last Saturday morning's Grand Canyon Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz.

October 6, 2012
Reed Leads Cross Country Effort with 11th-Place Finish at GCU Invite
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Redshirt sophomore Cody Reed led the Northern Arizona cross country teams' efforts at the Grand Canyon Invitational Saturday morning with an 11th-place overall finish in the men's 8K race. Reed's time of 25:27.5 led the men to a fifth-place mark in the team standings with 166 points.

September 21, 2012
Men's Cross Country Dominates at UCLA as Shrader Nabs Win No. 2
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The new-look Northern Arizona University men's cross country team was out in full force Friday night at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course for the PAC-12 Preview meet as Brian Shrader and true-freshman Futsum Zienasellassie went one-two and led the No. 18 Lumberjacks to their second team win of 2012.

September 20, 2012
First Road Test for Cross Country Coming Friday with Trip to UCLA
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University cross country teams are primed for their first road tests of the season as they travel to Santa Claritas, Calif. for the PAC-12 Preview Elite Invitational Friday evening.

September 4, 2012
Shrader Earns Co-AotW Honors from Big Sky for George Kyte Win
OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona University cross country newcomer Brian Shrader was named the Men's Co-Athlete of the Week by the Big Sky Conference Tuesday after his winning performance Saturday at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff.

September 1, 2012
Shrader, Men's Cross Country Take Care of Business at George Kyte
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It was a nice homecoming for Brian Shrader and a stellar start to the 2012 cross country season for the Northern Arizona University men's team, as both scorched the field at the 32nd annual George Kyte Classic Saturday from Buffalo Park.

August 31, 2012
George Kyte Brings First Test of the Year for Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The first taste of action for the Northern Arizona University men's and women's cross country teams will commence Saturday afternoon from Buffalo Park in Flagstaff with the 32nd Annual George Kyte Classic.

August 29, 2012
USTFCCCA Preseason Poll: Men's XC No. 17, Women Receiving Votes
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's and women's cross country teams appeared on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association's (USTFCCCA) preseason Top 25 rankings list that was released Tuesday. The Lumberjack men sit at No. 17 on the list, while the women received seven votes from poll members.

August 28, 2012
Sinagua Grad Shrader Comes Home Ready to Wear Lumberjack Gold
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The smile on Brian Shrader's face is all anyone needs to see when wondering if the Sinagua High School product is happy about returning home to Flagstaff.

August 25, 2012
Cross Country Gives Back, Builds Half Mile of Flagstaff Loop Trail
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cross country runners residing in Flagstaff make good use of the abundance of trails in and around northern Arizona, but it's not every day that a group of them has a chance to build one.

August 24, 2012
NAU-TV, FOX Sports Arizona Announce Fall NAU Athletics TV Schedule
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU-TV will televise and distribute 15 Fall events in high definition to air on local cable, FOX Sports Arizona and Fox College Sports, and online on www.NAU-TV.com. A record nine games will air live on FOX Sports Arizona or FOX Sports Arizona Plus, including three football games airing live on basic cable throughout the state of Arizona for the first time. NAU-TV coverage begins with NAU soccer hosting Arizona at noon Sunday.

August 23, 2012
Men's Cross Country Voted by Coaches to Capture Big Sky Crown
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona University men's cross country team was selected by the Big Sky Conference coaches to win a sixth-consecutive conference crown, according to the league's recently-released preseason poll. The Lumberjack women, who placed third in the Big Sky Championships a year ago, were picked to finish second behind defending champion Weber State.

February 15, 2012
Freriks, Cross Country Teams Earn All-Academic Status from USTFCCCA
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Wednesday that junior Tim Freriks, as well as both the men's and women's cross country teams at Northern Arizona University had earned Division I All-Academic honors for the 2011 season.

February 3, 2012
NAU Places 49 Student-Athletes on Fall Big Sky All-Academic Teams
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men’s and women’s cross country teams placed a total of 49 student-athletes on the fall 2011 Big Sky All-Academic Teams. The 49 honorees were part of the school-record 3.12 cumulative GPA among all of NAU’s student-athletes during the fall semester.

January 18, 2012
NAU Athletics Announces 2012 National Signing Day Event
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - NAU Athletics is hosting its 2012 National Signing Day event on Wednesday, February 1 at Granny's Closet. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. as fans get a unique opportunity to meet some of our current-student athletes as well as learn about the new members of our Lumberjack family.

December 14, 2011
Olympian Lomong to Graduate on Friday; Lead Franke College of Business
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Lopez Lomong carries with him every day the red holder he used to carry the American flag into the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies as a constant reminder of the privilege and thrill of his leading the USA Olympic team. He plans to use it again on Friday.

November 21, 2011
Estrada Leads Cross Country to 14th at NCAAs with All-American Effort
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Diego Estrada earned All-American honors for the second year in a row at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing seventh overall in an unusually fast race at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute on Monday.

November 20, 2011
Cross Country's Belus Brings Quiet Leadership to Squad
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Andrew Belus will compete in his third NCAA National Cross Country Championship as a senior member of Northern Arizona University's perennial Top-10 men's team on Monday. The beginning of the NAU No. 5's running career, however, was surprisingly less glamorous.

November 20, 2011
All-Americans to Lead Men's Cross Country into NCAA Championships - Watch Live on NCAA.com
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University men's cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. this weekend for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships, to be held Monday, Nov. 21. The squad is looking for its fifth-consecutive top-10 finish at the meet.

November 17, 2011
Cross Country's Estrada Heads to Nationals as an American Citizen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Diego Estrada has competed for Northern Arizona University's cross country and track and field teams for the past four years, compiling four All-American awards, four Big Sky Conference individual titles, and numerous other honors in that span. But on Nov. 21, Estrada will compete in his first ever race as an official American citizen.

November 14, 2011
Men's Cross Country Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced Sunday that the Northern Arizona University men's cross country team earned one of thirteen at-large berths to the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

November 12, 2011
Cross Country Places Seven on All-Region Team at Mountain Regionals
PROVO, Utah – Diego Estrada and Rochelle Kanuho led a group of seven Northern Arizona University cross country athletes who were named to the All-Region team at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships Saturday. The NAU men placed third as a team, while the women placed seventh.

November 10, 2011
Cross Country Looking for More Success Saturday at Mountain Regionals
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Provo, Utah this Saturday to compete in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships. Both teams are coming off solid performances at the Big Sky Championships in Pocatello, Idaho two weeks ago, where the women took third and the men won their fifth-consecutive title.

November 2, 2011
Heins Wins Record Fifth-Straight Big Sky Coach of the Year Award
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference announced Wednesday that Northern Arizona University Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins was named men's cross country Coach of the Year for the fifth-consecutive year.

October 29, 2011
Records Fall in Pocatello as Men’s Cross Country Has Historic Day
POCATELLO, Idaho – The Northern Arizona University men's cross country team ended the 2011 Big Sky Championships in historic fashion as the Lumberjack men won their record-setting fifth-straight conference title. The Big Sky individual crown has now gone to an NAU runner seven years in a row as well, as senior Diego Estrada shattered the course record and took medalist honors Saturday at the Centennial Course in Pocatello, Idaho.

October 28, 2011
Cross Country to Compete in Big Sky Championships at ISU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona University men's and women's cross country teams will be in action at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho.

October 25, 2011
Laurent Brings International Talent to Women's Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Trying new things has never been an issue for Agnes Laurent, so when opportunity came knocking in the form of Northern Arizona cross country, the middle distance runner from Belgium welcomed the challenge.

October 25, 2011
Big Sky Conference Q&A: Cross Country's Tim Freriks
OGDEN, Utah - Junior Big Sky cross country athlete Tim Freriks, from Cottonwood, Ariz., took the time out of his schedule at Northern Arizona to answer some questions with the Big Sky Conference office. Tim talked about how he got started running, what made him choose NAU and his favorite place to eat in Flagstaff.

October 18, 2011
Estrada Garners Second AoW for Finish in Wisconsin
OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona University's Diego Estrada was awarded his second Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor of the season, the Big Sky Conference announced Tuesday. Estrada placed third at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday, a meet that featured 20 of the nation's top 30 teams.

October 14, 2011
Estrada Leads Men’s XC to Top-10 with 3rd Place Finish
MADISON, Wisc. – Northern Arizona University’s Diego Estrada once again finished ahead of many of the nation’s elite runners, including the defending meet champion, with a third-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday.

October 12, 2011
Cross Country to Compete in National Primer in Wisconsin
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In following the leadership of All-American Diego Estrada and two-time Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of the Week Rochelle Kanuho, the Northern Arizona University men’s and women’s cross country teams should stack up well against a slew of national talent at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday in Madison, Wisc.

October 8, 2011
Lumberjack Women Place All Four Runners in Top-25 at GCU Invite
PHOENIX - The Northern Arizona University women's cross country team had four runners in action Saturday morning at the Grand Canyon University Invitational in Phoenix. All four runners placed in the top-25, and were led by freshmen Kylee Kieser and Shayla Freeman in 13th and 14th, respectively.

October 4, 2011
Estrada Named Big Sky AOW After Championship Performance
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University cross country star Diego Estrada earned Big Sky Cross Country Player of the Week honors Tuesday after winning the individual title at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday.

October 4, 2011
Lumberjack Women Heading to Phoenix for GCU Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A handful of Northern Arizona University women cross country runners will travel to Phoenix on Saturday to compete in the Grand Canyon University Invitational.

October 1, 2011
Estrada Claims Cowboy Jamboree Title, Men Place Third, Women Fourth
STILLWATER, Okla. – Senior Diego Estrada took advantage of a narrow and sometimes treacherous course and captured the individual title and led the Northern Arizona University men’s team to a fourth-place team finish at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree. The Lumberjack women’s team was led by Rochelle Kanuho and Kortnee Burton’s consecutive top-10 overall finishes in seventh and eighth, respectively, en route to a fourth-place team finish.

September 27, 2011
Cross Country Season Heating Up, Lumberjacks to Run at OSU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz – The Northern Arizona University men’s and women’s cross country teams will face their toughest test of the season thus far as they travel to Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday.

September 20, 2011
Kanuho Earns Second Big Sky Honor; Men Ranked 13th Nationally
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University (NAU) cross country teams have had a successful week, as standout junior Rochelle Kanuho earned her second Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor, while men’s team earned a 13th-place ranking in the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Coaches’ Poll Tuesday.

September 16, 2011
Lumberjacks Place Three Individuals in Top Five at Dave Murray Invitational
TUCSON, Ariz. – The NAU cross country teams placed three runners total in the top-five Friday at the Dave Murray Invitational in Tucson. The Lumberjack women were paced by Rochelle Kanuho’s third-place finish to come in second as a team, and John Yatsko (4th) and Chris Ganem (5th) paced the men to a third-place team finish.

September 15, 2011
Friday’s Dave Murray Invitational Marks First Road Test for Lumberjacks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Tucson, Ariz. this Friday to compete in the Dave Murray Invitational. The meet, held at the Dell Urich Golf Course, will be the Lumberjacks’ first road test of the season.

September 6, 2011
Kanuho Honored as Big Sky Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week
OGDEN, Utah - After recording a sixth-place overall finish at the George Kyte Classic Saturday in Flagstaff, Ariz., NAU’s Rochelle Kanuho was honored as the Big Sky Cross Country Female Athlete of the Week. Kanuho, a native of Flagstaff, received the honor for the first time in her career with the Lumberjacks.

September 3, 2011
Men’s Cross Country Finishes George Kyte in Second; Women Take Third
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s and women’s cross country teams finished second and third, respectively, at the 31st Annual George Kyte Classic held Saturday at Buffalo Park.

September 1, 2011
Lumberjacks to Open Cross Country Season with George Kyte Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Cross Country will open its season Saturday at the 31st running of the George Kyte Classic. The Lumberjacks’ only home meet, held at Buffalo Park, is slated to begin with the women’s race at 1:30 p.m. MST, followed by the men at 2:15.

August 23, 2011
Lumberjack Men Favored to Win Big Sky in Cross Country Preseason Poll
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team has been unanimously chosen as the preseason favorite to win the Big Sky Conference Championship by the league’s coaches.

August 13, 2011
NCAA champ Nilsson, Two-Sport All-American Petrucci highlight 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame Class
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Former NCAA champion Johanna Nilsson, basketball standout Kelly Golob, two-sport All-American standout Nick Petrucci, Big Sky champion golfer Eleanor Pilgram, the 1991 women’s cross country team and Walkup Skydome Director Dave Brown will be inducted into the Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame in November, Athletics Director Jim Fallis announced.

July 13, 2011
George Kyte Classic Meet Information -- Hosted at Buffalo Park
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The meet information for the George Kyle Classic is now available. Click here for team and individual entry information for the annual meet held in Flagstaff.

June 2, 2011
Pedersen Completes Five-Year Running Career on Top
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It was quite a run for former Northern Arizona student-athlete Jason Pedersen. The five-year member of the track and field and cross country teams recently wrapped up his time at NAU by reaching the NCAA West Prelims for the first time. He sat down with NAU Athletics to discuss his running career, blog, and future role with the track and field program.

February 17, 2011
Cross Country Garners All-Academic Team Status From USTFCCCA
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Northern Arizona were named All-Academic Cross Country Teams for the 2010 season. This is the seventh time under Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins that his squads have earned the distinguished honor.

February 14, 2011
McNeill Named to USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team
NEW ORLEANS, La. – A year after being named Division Scholar Athlete of the Year in both cross country and track and field, former Lumberjack David McNeill was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2010 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team. McNeill was one of 56 individuals from 42 institutions to be bestowed with the academic honor.

February 7, 2011
Eight Cross Country Athletes Named to Big Sky All-Academic Team
OGDEN, Utah – It was a solid season on the field of competition and inside the classroom for the Northern Arizona cross country team. The Big Sky Conference announced the Fall 2010 All-Academic team last week which included four men and four women from the cross country squad. Of the eight honorees, five have made the academic team prior to last fall.

February 4, 2011
Heins, Huber Land Five Distance Runners on National Signing Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It was a busy season for Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins as he and assistant Mo Huber recruited distance athletes heavily for the women’s track and field and cross country teams at Northern Arizona University. With National Letter-of-Intent’s being signed on Wednesday, Heins was able to land five women’s distance runners for the 2011 school year.

December 17, 2010
McNeill Graduates, Closes Out Storied NAU Career
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Friday morning marked the end of an era at Northern Arizona University. David McNeill, the decorated student-athlete from Melbourne, Australia, received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, capping off an amazing three-and-a-half year run in Flagstaff.

November 30, 2010
Cross Country’s Estrada Celebrates Thanksgiving and Running
SAN JOSE, Calif. – When most people were enjoying a delicious meal amongst family and friends, junior runner Diego Estrada was out doing what he loves. The Salinas, Calif., native took part in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot this past Thursday. It wasn’t your normal 5K trot though as Estrada was going up against U.S. mile record-holder, Allen Webb, and six-time NCAA champion, Galen Rupp.

November 22, 2010
Cross Country Places Ninth at NCAA Championships
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team was able to navigate the windy LaVern Gibson Championship Course to claim ninth place overall (317) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday afternoon. Juniors Diego Estrada (30:11) and Ahmed Osman (30:15) finished 16th and 19th, respectively, to gain All-American honors. It was the first All-American award for Estrada, and third for Osman.

November 21, 2010
Cross Country Set for NCAA Championships Monday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University men’s cross country team is set for its season finale when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday, Nov. 22. The 10K championship race will begin promptly at 10:48 a.m. MST from the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

November 17, 2010
Cross Country’s McNeill Named Mountain Region Athlete of the Year
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northern Arizona senior runner David McNeill was named Mountain Region Men’s Athlete of the Year for the third-consecutive season Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the fourth-straight year that a member of the NAU men’s team has claimed the regional honor as former Lumberjack Lopez Lomong won the award in 2007.

November 16, 2010
Cross Country Slips to No. 14 in Final USTFCCCA Coaches’ Polls
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team slipped from No. 7 to No. 14 in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches’ Poll Tuesday morning. It is the lowest the Lumberjacks have been ranked all season.

November 14, 2010
Men’s Team Receives At-Large Bid Into NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team has received an at-large big into the NCAA Cross Country National Championship race the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced Sunday. The Lumberjacks were one of 13 teams to receive an at-large bid after finishing fourth at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

November 13, 2010
McNeill Makes Mountain Region History With Individual Title
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Northern Arizona senior runner David McNeill claimed the men’s individual title at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships for the third-straight year, leading the men’s team to a fourth-place finish (88) from Rose Park Golf Course Saturday afternoon. McNeill (29:24) became the first man in Mountain Region history to win three-straight titles dating back to 1978.

November 12, 2010
Cross Country Travels to Utah for NCAA Mountain Regional
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona cross country team will look to extend its postseason run Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s squads head to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the NCAA Mountain Region Championships. The women’s team will take to Rose Park Golf Course first with the 6,000-meter event beginning at 10:30 a.m. MST. The men’s 10,000-meter race will follow at 11:45 a.m. MST.

November 10, 2010
Men' Cross Country Team Featured on Flotrack's 'Workout Wednesday'
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The No. 7 Northern Arizona men's team is front and center once again. This time, the squad is featured on Flotrack.org in a segment titled "Workout Wednesday." Recently, Ryan Fenton of Flotrack made his way to Flagstaff to film the team at Fort Tuthill conduct its mile repeats workout.

November 9, 2010
Heins Named Big Sky Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins was named men’s cross country coach of the year by the Big Sky Conference Tuesday afternoon after his team claimed the conference title for the fourth-straight season. This is Heins’ fourth consecutive honor from the Big Sky, tying him with former NAU head coach, Ron Mann, for the most consecutive men’s cross country coach of the year awards in conference history.

November 2, 2010
Men’s Cross Country Climbs Four Spots in USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – After capturing the Big Sky Cross Country Championship for the fourth-consecutive season, the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team climbed four spots to No. 7 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Cross Country Division I Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks have been a fixture within the top-11 spots of the poll since the preseason.

October 30, 2010
Men’s Team Runs to Fourth-Straight Big Sky Championship
CHENEY, Wash. – Led by senior David McNeill’s third-straight individual title, the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team successfully defended its Big Sky Championship for the fourth-consecutive year Saturday morning from Fairways Golf Course. The Lumberjack men placed all five scorers in the top 10 to give the squad 27 total points and the title.

October 29, 2010
Cross Country Teams Seek Fourth-Straight Big Sky Titles Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With the cross country postseason officially underway, the Northern Arizona men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Spokane, Wash., to compete in the Big Sky Cross Country Championship Saturday morning. Both squads will be vying for their fourth-consecutive conference titles. The men will hit the links of Fairways Golf Course at 10:00 a.m. PDT, with the women following at 11:00 a.m.

October 27, 2010
Kanuho Finds New Life in Third Season at NAU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Rochelle Kanuho is on a mission. The redshirt sophomore has recorded two top-five finishes this season, including a win at the Grand Canyon University/Southwestern College Invite in her collegiate debut. But life in the lead pack is something new to Kanuho at the collegiate level.

October 26, 2010
McNeill Chats With Flotrack.org About Commonwealth Games
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Two-time NCAA National Champion, David McNeill, recently talked with Ryan Fenton of Flotrack.org about his trip to the Commonwealth Games in Dehli, India, his goals after finishing up at NAU and how he will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November. Check out the video interview courtesy of Flotrack.

October 20, 2010
Cross Country's Estrada Named Big Sky Athlete of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – Junior Diego Estrada of the Northern Arizona cross country team was named the men’s Big Sky Athlete of the Week by the conference Wednesday afternoon after finishing fifth overall in the ‘Blue Race’ at the Pre-Nationals Invitational this past Saturday. This is the first career award for the Salinas, Calif., native during the cross country season.

October 19, 2010
Digital 2010 Cross Country Media Guide Now Available
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – An interactive digital version of the 2010 Northern Arizona cross country team's media guide is now available for viewing. The digital guide allows fans to virtually view and read the media guide page-by-page, with features such as a clickable table of contents and page thumbnails for easy navigation.

October 16, 2010
Estrada Leads Men’s Team to Fourth-Place Finish at Pre-Nationals Invite
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It was a solid return to the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course for Northern Arizona junior Diego Estrada. The Salinas, Calif., native ran to a fifth-place finish (23:33.9), leading the men’s team to fourth place in the ‘Blue Race’ at the Pre-National Invitational Saturday. The women’s team also put forth a strong effort with two Lumberjacks finishing in the top 20 of the ‘Open Race.’

October 15, 2010
Osman to Make Season Debut at Pre-Nationals Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a three-week hiatus from competition, the Northern Arizona cross country teams will compete Saturday at the Pre-Nationals Invitational hosted by Indiana State. The men’s team will compete in the 8,000m ‘Blue Race’ which is scheduled for 9:10 a.m. PDT. The women will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the 6,000m ‘Open Race.’

October 13, 2010
Cross Country's Gebreyohanns Earns Trip Home
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – When the Northern Arizona cross country teams travel, every race becomes a family affair. With student-athletes representing nine states on the squad, runners have the opportunity to race in front of family and friends nearly once a season.

October 9, 2010
Holbrook, Kanuho Lead Cross Country at Grand Canyon/SW Invite
TEMPE, Ariz. – Saturday’s Grand Canyon University/Southwestern College Invite proved to be a productive trip for the Northern Arizona cross country teams. Redshirt sophomore Rochelle Kanuho carved up the 5,000-meter course at Evelyn Hallman Park in 18:16.15 to take the women’s individual title. Senior Kam Holbrook led the men's team with a second-place finish in a time of 25:55.72.

October 8, 2010
Members of Cross Country Team to Compete in Tempe Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With the NCAA Pre Nationals meet just one week away, eight members of the Northern Arizona cross country teams will head to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in the Grand Canyon University/ Southwestern College Invite. Both races will take place from Evelyn Hallman Park Saturday morning, with the women beginning at 7:45 a.m. PDT, and the men following at 8:45.

October 6, 2010
McNeill Runs to Eighth-Place Finish at Commonwealth Games
DELHI, India – It wasn’t ideal conditions for a 5,000-meter run, but Northern Arizona senior runner David McNeill made the most of Wednesday evening’s race, finishing eighth overall in the Commonwealth Games 5K from Jawaharlal Stadium. McNeill, sporting the green and yellow of Australia, crossed the finish line in a time of 13 minutes, 47.40 seconds. It was the third fastest outdoor 5K time for McNeill in 2010.

October 5, 2010
McNeill to Run in 5,000m at Commonwealth Games
DEHLI, India – The time has come for senior runner David McNeill of Northern Arizona to compete at the international level once again. The Melbourne, Australia native will be representing his country in the 5,000-meter run at the 19th annual Commonwealth Games from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The race is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning at 7:25 a.m., Arizona time.

October 5, 2010
Mental Toughness Key to Belus' Success
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It was a tough transition for Northern Arizona junior runner Andrew Belus. Before arriving on campus in 2007, Belus was accustomed to winning most of the races he entered while attending Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Ariz. But after beginning his freshman year, he quickly learned how mentally tough he would have to be in order to be successful.

September 25, 2010
McNeill Cruises to Victory at Stanford Invitational
PALO ALTO, Calif. – It was another stellar day at the office for senior David McNeill of the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team. In his season debut, McNeill blazed past the loaded field at the 37th Stanford Invitational Saturday to claim the men’s individual title and aid the men’s team to a third-place finish. The Lumberjacks finished behind No. 1 Stanford and No. 15 Arkansas on the day. The women’s team ran to a 17th-place finish in the first 6K race of the season for the squad.

September 24, 2010
Lumberjacks Set for Showdown at Stanford
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A week after taking part in the Aztec Invite from San Diego, the Northern Arizona cross country teams head back onto the road, this time heading north to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the 37th running of the Stanford Invitational. The men will take to the 8K course at 10:50 a.m. PT, with the women following at 11:30.

September 18, 2010
Estrada Makes Season Debut, Men Finish Second at Aztec Invite
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Racing for the first time on the cross country course in nearly 11 months, junior Diego Estrada made his season debut for the Northern Arizona cross country team with a third-place finish at the Aztec Invite from Balboa Park. The men’s team finished second on the day, with the women placing seventh.

September 16, 2010
Aztec Invite Awaits Cross Country This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona cross country teams return to action this weekend as they head down to San Diego, Calif., to race in the Aztec Invite hosted by San Diego State. The women’s race gets underway from Balboa Park at 8:00 a.m. PDT., with the men following shortly after.

September 14, 2010
Cross Country Remains at No. 3 in USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The first regular season national cross country poll in Division I by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has yielded little change to the top as the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team remains at No. 3 in the national rankings. The Lumberjacks received one first place vote for the second time this season.

September 4, 2010
Cross Country Wraps Up George Kyte Classic With Men’s Title
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After spending the past seven months rehabilitating from knee surgery, Jason Pedersen was just looking forward to getting back to competing in the sport where he has had much success over the years. Pedersen did just that Saturday from Buffalo Park, as the fifth-year senior placed second overall (26:22.2) to lead the men’s team to a first-place finish in the University division of the 30th George Kyte Classic.

September 3, 2010
Lumberjacks Open 2010 Cross Country Season with George Kyte Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona cross country teams open its seasons Saturday with the 30th running of the George Kyte Classic. The lone home meet for the Lumberjacks takes place at Buffalo Park, with the women’s 5K race set for 1:30 p.m. Arizona time, and the men’s race scheduled to follow at 2:15.

September 2, 2010
Huber and Johnson Join Track & Field Coaching Staff
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Track & Field and Cross Country Director Eric Heins announced Thursday that Mo Huber and Jacquelyn Johnson have officially joined the track and field coaching staff as graduate assistants. Huber will assist Heins with the cross country team and distance events during the track season, while Johnson will assist with the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.

September 1, 2010
Men’s Cross Country Lands at No. 3 in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – With the cross country season set to begin this weekend, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) put out its first polls of the 2010 season. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks found themselves tied at No. 3 with the University of Oregon in the men’s national poll, as well as first in the Mountain Region. The women’s team landed at No. 7 in the region to begin the season.

August 31, 2010
2010 Women's Cross Country Outlook
The 2010 edition of the NAU women’s cross country team will feature a new look from years past. The team will have to replace the results of graduated seniors Veronica Pohl, a two-time All-American, and Nell Rojas. The Lumberjacks do return experience with Kortnee Burton, Haley Lawrence and Lisette Michaels, who are back for their third years.

August 30, 2010
2010 Men's Cross Country Outlook
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The 2010 cross country season for the Lumberjacks has the potential to be the best anyone has seen at NAU. Coming off of a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2009, this year’s squad returns all of the key components who brought NAU to the podium in Terre Haute, Ind.

August 16, 2010
Lumberjacks Tabbed as Preseason Favorites in Big Sky
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference announced Monday morning that the Northern Arizona cross country teams were selected to finish first in the preseason coaches poll. The men’s team received eight out of a possible nine first-place votes, with the women’s squad collecting six.

August 12, 2010
Heins Interview Featured on Runningtimes.com
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins is currently featured in an article titled "5 minutes with Eric Heins" in the magazine Running Times. In the exclusive online interview, Heins talks with Brian Meltzer about training techniques, season outlooks for both teams and expectations for the end of the year.

August 10, 2010
George Kyte Classic Information Packet Now Available
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The information packet for the 2010 George Kyte Classic is now available. The September 4 race will feature a women's 5,000-meter race, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The men's 8,000-meter race will follow at 2:15 p.m.

July 2, 2010
Heins Named Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eric Heins has been named the director of track and field/cross country at Northern Arizona University, Athletics Director Jim Fallis announced. Heins had served in the role on an interim basis since August of 2009. He will be charged with leading the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.

June 16, 2010
Men’s Program Finishes Third in the John McDonnell Program of the Year Award
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country and track and field programs finished third in the final standings for the John McDonnell Program of the Year Award. The Lumberjacks trailed only Oregon and Arizona State.

June 7, 2010
Track’s McNeill Named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona senior David McNeill was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District men's track & field/cross country team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second consecutive year. He will now be on the national ballot with a chance to earn Academic All-America status, an honor he garnered in 2009.

June 2, 2010
Former Lumberjack Lopez Lomong Writes New Chapters; Movie Project to Showcase His Life
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU Olympian Lopez Lomong has an amazing story that adds new chapters with each accomplishment in his life. New Line Cinema announced on May 21 plans for a biopic about the life of the former Northern Arizona runner to hit the big screen sometime in 2012 prior to the next Summer Olympics in London.

May 2, 2010
Athletics Department Hands Out Annual Awards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University athletic department celebrated the 2009-10 campaign on Sunday with the annual All-Sports Banquet held at the DuBois Center.

April 21, 2010
Northern Arizona Student-Athletes Host “Student-Athlete for a Day”
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - More than 150 student-athletes served as hosts to 140 students from Kinsey and South Beaver elementary schools during National Student Athlete for a Day on Wednesday, April 21 at Northern Arizona University. The students attended university classes throughout the morning and toured campus facilities with Lumberjack student-athletes.

March 25, 2010
Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Awards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 167 Northern Arizona University student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments at the 32nd annual Golden Eagle Awards on Thursday. The Golden Eagle Awards recognize NAU student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the Lumberjack athletics program while maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.

March 1, 2010
McNeill Named Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – David McNeill of Northern Arizona has been named as Division I’s male cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.

February 1, 2010
Nine Cross Country Athletes Named All-Academic Big Sky
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference has announced the members of the 2009 Fall All-Academic teams, and the Northern Arizona cross country team landed nine members on the list, including four from the men’s team and five from the women’s squad.

January 15, 2010
Athletics Department Ranks 44th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Standings
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University athletics department ranks tied for 44th in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Standings announced Friday.

December 4, 2009
Heins Named Big Sky Coach of the Year
OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona’s Eric Heins has been selected the Big Sky Conference Men and Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The league’s head coaches voted on the award.

November 23, 2009
McNeill Finishes Runner Up; Lumberjacks Claim Fourth Place
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – All-American junior David McNeill didn’t disappoint in his quest for a top-five finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday afternoon. The Australian native captured second-place in the men’s 10,000m race in a time of 29:07, and was trailed by fellow junior Jordan Chipangma who placed fifth to lead the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team to its second fourth place-finish in two years.

November 20, 2009
Lumberjacks to Compete at Cross Country Championships Monday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The No. 13 Northern Arizona men’s cross country team takes off tomorrow morning for Terre Haute, Ind., in hopes of capturing it’s first national title at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Monday. After receiving an at-large bid earlier this week, the men’s team will send seven runners to compete in the 10,000m championship race.

November 18, 2009
McNeill Named Mountain Region Athlete of the Year
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Junior All-American David McNeill was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Wednesday afternoon. This is the second-consecutive year that McNeill has taken home the award.

November 17, 2009
Lumberjacks Slip in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team dropped nine spots to No. 13 in the Pre-NCAA edition of the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The Lumberjacks finished last weekend’s NCAA Mountain Region Championships fourth behind regional winner BYU (5), Colorado (6) and host New Mexico (12).

November 15, 2009
Men’s Team Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sunday evening, the No. 4 Northern Arizona men’s cross country team learned that they would be headed to Terre Haute, Ind., once again to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Senior All-American Veronica Pohl also learned that she earned a spot in the women’s championship race because of her eighth-place finish in the regional race Saturday.

November 14, 2009
McNeill Repeats; Men Finish Fourth, Women Seventh at Mountain Regional
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Led by a first-place finish from junior All-American David McNeill, the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team finished fourth overall (86) in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships Saturday on the campus of New Mexico. The women’s team, led by an eighth-place finish from senior All-American Veronica Pohl, claimed seventh place (176).

November 12, 2009
Cross Country to Race at NCAA Mountain Regional in Albuquerque
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After both teams claimed their third-straight Big Sky Cross Country Championship two weeks ago, the Northern Arizona cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., on the campus of New Mexico. The men will compete on the UNM North Golf Course first at 10:45 a.m. MST, with the women’s race following at Noon.

November 3, 2009
Men’s Team Climbs to No. 4 in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s cross country team has jumped up one spot to No. 4 in this week’s U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The Lumberjacks and the Colorado Buffalos swapped positions in both the national rankings and Mountain Region polls this week, giving the team the top ranking in the region.

October 31, 2009
Lumberjacks Sweep Big Sky Cross Country Championships
GREELEY, Colo. –The Northern Arizona cross country teams, dealing with frigid temperatures and a muddy course, were able to take home the Big Sky Championship for the third-consecutive year. Junior David McNeill and senior Veronica Pohl captured the individual titles once again for the Lumberjacks, as the duo accomplished the same feat in 2008.

October 30, 2009
Big Sky Conference Championship Start Time Pushed Back
GREELEY, Colo. – Due to inclement weather making travel hazardous for several teams, the 2009 Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Northern Colorado has been postponed one hour.The men’s championship race will now begin at 10:00 a.m. MST, with the women’s event beginning at 11:00. The championship is being held at the Boomerang Golf Course.

October 28, 2009
Cross Country to Run in Big Sky Championships Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona cross country teams will be looking for their third-straight Big Sky Championship Saturday morning in Greeley, Colo., on the campus of Northern Colorado. This will mark the first time that Northern Colorado has hosted the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championship since they joined the league in 2006. The men take to the course first at 9 a.m. MST, with the women’s race following at 10 a.m.

October 20, 2009
Chipangama, Pohl Named Big Sky Cross Country Athletes of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – Tuesday afternoon, the Big Sky conference announced that both senior Veronica Pohl and junior Jordan Chipangama of the Northern Arizona cross country teams had won its Cross Country Athlete of the Week awards. The two clinched the conference honor after solid individual performances this past weekend at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terra Haute, Ind.

October 20, 2009
Lumberjacks Drop in Latest USTFCCCA Polls
NEW ORLEANS, La. – After finishing third overall in the “Blue” race this past weekend at the Pre-Nationals Invitational, the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team slipped three spots down to No. 5 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.

October 17, 2009
Cross Country Teams Turn in Solid Efforts at Pre-Nationals
TERRA HAUTE, Ind. – Saturday morning on the campus of Indiana State, the Northern Arizona cross country teams took part in the Pre-Nationals Invitational. In the first race of the morning, the second-ranked men’s squad finished third overall (115) in the “blue” race behind No. 7 Oregon (79) and No. 3 Alabama (114). The No. 27 women’s team took to the course nearly two hours after the men and finished 14th overall.

October 16, 2009
'Jack of All Trades by Amy Farnum of NCAA.com
In only his first few weeks as a Division I cross country runner, Jordan Chipangama is already turning heads as one of the top finishers for the second-ranked Northern Arizona Lumberjacks this season.

October 15, 2009
Watch The Lumberjacks Compete Live at Pre-Nationals Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – When the Lumberjacks hit the course Saturday morning in Terra Haute, Ind., both the men’s and women’s races will be streamed live on Flotrack.org. The men will take part in the “blue” race that will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. MST, with the women’s team running in the “white” race at 10:55 a.m.

October 14, 2009
Lumberjacks Gear Up for Pre-Nationals Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With a handful of races under their belts, the NAU cross country teams head to Terre Haute, Ind. this weekend to take part in the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational. The men will take the course first at 9:00 a.m. MST, and the women will follow at 10:55 a.m.

October 8, 2009
Freriks Already Making Impact in Young Career
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Arriving at NAU just two months ago, freshman Tim Freriks was no stranger to the area. The first year cross country runner is a native of Cottonwood, just 68 miles southwest of Flagstaff. Freriks was a four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field at Mingus Union High School.

October 6, 2009
Chipangama, Leutert Named Big Sky Conference Athletes of the Week
OGDEN, Utah - The Big Sky Conference has announced its Cross Country Athletes of the Week for races held from September 28th-October 4th. Northern Arizona’s Astrid Leutert and Weber State’s Sarah Callister were named the women’s Co-Athletes of the Week, while NAU’s Jordan Chipangama was named men’s Athlete of the Week.

October 6, 2009
Lumberjacks Move Up in USTFCCCA Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – After an impressive victory at the Cowboy Jamboree on the campus of Oklahoma State this past weekend, the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team jumped three spots to No. 2 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll Tuesday afternoon. Saturday’s win for the Lumberjacks came against some stiff competition from No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 9 William and Mary and top-ranked Division II Adams State.

October 5, 2009
Cowboy Jamboree Highlights and Interviews
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona cross country teams headed to Stillwater, Okla. this past weekend to take part in the Cowboy Jamboree on the campus of Oklahoma State. The men took the title scoring 52 points, seven points ahead of second place Adams State. Below are some interviews and highlights from the race posted by Flotrack.com

October 3, 2009
Chipangama Leads Lumberjacks to Cowboy Jamboree Men's Title
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Northern Arizona cross country teams returned to action this weekend as the teams divided into two and took part in the ASU Invitational Friday night in Mesa, and the Cowboy Jamboree Saturday morning in Stillwater, Okla.

September 30, 2009
Cross Country to Compete in ASU Invitational and Cowboy Jamboree
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off of a two-week break, the Northern Arizona cross country teams hit the road as they take part in two meets this weekend. The squad will split up, as half of the team will go down to compete in the ASU Invitational in Tempe on Friday, while the others head to Stillwater, Okla., to race in the Cowboy Jamboree Saturday.

September 29, 2009
Lumberjacks Stand Firm in USTFCCCA Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – After debuting at number five in the preseason U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team stayed in the same spot as the week one national polls came out Tuesday afternoon.

September 28, 2009
From Poland to Flagstaff, The Journey of Eliza Gawryluk to NAU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Running for her native country of Poland, Eliza Gawryluk always had ambitions of coming to the United State and competing in cross country at the collegiate level. This past fall, Interim Track and Field Director Eric Heins gave her that chance, and thus far the sophomore has yet to disappoint.

September 22, 2009
Pohl Named Big Sky Conference Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – After helping the Northern Arizona cross country teams bring him both titles for the Aztec Invitational this past weekend, senior Veronica Pohl was named women’s Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of the Week. This is Pohl’s second-consecutive honor in as many weeks.

September 21, 2009
Diego to Diego: Estrada's Trip to San Diego
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Sophomore Diego Estrada and the rest of the Northern Arizona Cross Country team traveled to San Diego this past weekend to the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State. Both teams took home the hardware. Estrada recounts his time with his teammates this past weekend.

September 19, 2009
Pohl, Chipangama Lead Lumberjacks to Titles at Aztec Invitational
San Diego, Calif. – For the second consecutive meet, senior Veronica Pohl helped lead the Northern Arizona cross country teams to capture both titles, as the Lumberjacks swept the field at the 65th annual Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State Saturday morning.

September 15, 2009
Lumberjacks Head West for Aztec Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- After sweeping the competition at the George Kyte Classic earlier this month, the Northern Arizona cross country teams look to take their early season success into San Diego, Calif., as they take part in the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State Saturday.

September 15, 2009
Cross Country Teams in Preseason USTFCCCA Rankings
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With their sites set on big accomplishments this season, the Northern Arizona cross country teams found themselves ranked in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association polls Tuesday morning. The women claimed the top spot in the Mountain Region with the men second in the region behind Colorado.

September 8, 2009
Pohl Claims First Women's Cross Country Athlete of The Week Award
OGDEN, Utah – Senior Veronica Pohl was named the season’s first women’s cross country Athlete of the Week after she took home the women’s individual title at the George Kyte Classic this past Saturday. This is her fourth Athlete of the Week award for cross country. Last season, the Germany native took home the award three times on her way to garnering All-American Honors.

September 5, 2009
Lumberjacks Capture Rain-Soaked George Kyte Classic Titles
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On a rainy, blustery day at Buffalo Park, the Northern Arizona cross country teams beared the elements to capture the 2009 George Kyte Classic men’s and women’s titles.

September 2, 2009
Cross Country’s Chipangama Looks to Build Upon His Junior College Successes
Only two years ago, Jordan Chipangama was making a huge transition in his life, moving to the United States from South Africa. Now the former junior college national champion is making a large transition once again. This fall Chipangama will be competing with the Northern Arizona cross country team against some of the best runners that Division I athletics has to offer.

September 1, 2009
Cross Country to Host George Kyte Classic Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2009 men’s and women’s Northern Arizona cross country teams begin their quest to Terra Haute, Ind. Saturday when they host the George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park. The first race of the afternoon begins with the women taking to the course at 1:30 p.m. followed by the men at 2:15 p.m.

August 24, 2009
2009 Cross Country Season Preview
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - With the majority of last year’s team returning in 2009, the stakes are higher for the Lumberjacks as they embark on another championship season. Head cross country coach and Interim Track and Field Director Eric Heins knows this season has the potential to be one of the best he has been apart of.

August 20, 2009
Heins Named Interim Director of Track and Field and Cross Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eric Heins has been named the interim director of track and field and cross country for the Northern Arizona University programs, Athletics Director Jim Fallis announced. NAU will conduct a national search to permanently fill the position.

August 19, 2009
George Kyte Classic Registration Information
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - On Sept. 5, the George Kyte Classic takes place at Northern Arizona University at Buffalo Park. Below is the registration information for those planning to participate in the race.

August 17, 2009
Cross Country Teams Unanimous Number One in Big Sky Preseason Polls
OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona has been selected first in both the men’s and women’s 2009 Big Sky Conference cross country polls.

August 17, 2009
McNeill Finishes 24th at World Championships; Lomong Advances
BERLIN – On Monday night at the IAAF World Championships, current Northern Arizona University runner David McNeill and former Lumberjack, Lopez Lomong hit the track at the Olympiastadion.

August 16, 2009
Summer Vacation: Training for the Worlds Part 3
All-American David McNeill is running Monday, August 17 at the IAAF World Championships in Germany. He took some time off from his training to give Lumberjack fans an update on his summer and preparation for the Worlds. This is the third blog by McNeill before his return to Flagstaff for the 2009 cross country season.

August 15, 2009
Former Lumberjack Lomong Advances in 1,500 at Worlds
BERLIN – Former Northern Arizona All-American Lopez Lomong advanced in the preliminary rounds of the 1,500-meters at the 2009 IAAF World Championships Saturday. Lomong finished third in the third heat in a time of 3:44.89 qualifying to the semifinals set for 11:10 a.m. Arizona time on Monday.

August 14, 2009
Lomong and McNeill to Compete in IAAF World Championships
BERLIN - This weekend at the IAAF World Championships, Northern Arizona University will be well represented by both Lopez Lomong (USA) and David McNeill (AUS) who qualified for the event, and will represent their respective countries.

June 28, 2009
Former Olympian Lomong Wins 1500, Qualifies for Worlds
EUGENE, Ore. – Former Lumberjack Lopez Lomong qualified for the 2009 IAAF World Championships by winning the 1,500 meters at the USA Track and Field Championships Sunday.

March 5, 2009
Cross Country Named Men’s and Women’s All-Academic Teams

January 29, 2009
Seven Runners Earn Big Sky All-Academic Honors

November 24, 2008
NAU Men Finish Sixth at NCAA Cross Country Championships

November 20, 2008
Sophomore McNeill Given Regional Honor

November 16, 2008
Women's Cross Country Gets At-Large Bid to NCAAs, Men Automatic Qualifiers

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Be Inspired By Dr. Derek Greenfield and Be NAU Strong
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department had the honor of having Dr. Derek Greenfield come speak to Lumberjack student-athletes and staff earlier this week. Greenfield, who has a dynamic and interactive approach to diversity and inclusion, was a delight to have on campus.

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Q & A With Futsum Zienasellassie and Melanie Townsend
Athletic communications caught up with sophomores Futsum Zienasellassie and Melanie Townsend from NAU cross country.

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