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.
“Every successful program is supported by its administration and the support of the administration, including President Haegar and Dr. Campos is second to none,” said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Eric Heins. “Without their commitment to excellence and drive, we would not be as successful as we are.”
The Northern Arizona men compiled a dominating 70.8 points for their 11th win. Montana was second with 51.3 points, while Weber State and Montana State tied for third with 46 points.
The Northern Arizona women take home their sixth all-sports trophy after garnering 73 points. Montana came in second at 63 points, and Portland State claimed third with 61.5 points.
“We have a great group of young men and women that are committed to academic and athletic success,” said Heins. “Although track and field is seen as an individual sport, our athletes really come together for the conference championships. They take pride in supporting each other, no matter what event group they are a part of.”
Since 1963-64, the Big Sky Conference has sponsored a Men’s All-Sports Trophy. A Women’s All-Sports Trophy began in 1988-89, the first year the conference sponsored women’s sports.
The Northern Arizona women captured their first All-Sports Trophy since 2005-06. The Lumberjacks won the indoor and outdoor track & field championship, finished second in the soccer and tennis standings, and placed third at the cross country championship. The Lumberjacks were also fourth in volleyball, and fifth in golf.
The Lumberjack men earned their first All-Sports Trophy since 2010-11. NAU won the cross country, and indoor and outdoor track & field championships, finished second in football, tied for second in basketball, and tied for third in tennis.