PR's Abound for NAU Distance, Keenan Highlights Don Kirby

NAU's Paige Gilchrist
NAU's Paige Gilchrist

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – If you like athletes not just setting but crushing personal bests, then continue reading.

At the Iowa State Classic tonight in Ames Friday night, seven of the eight Lumberjack distance runners representing Northern Arizona University track & field dominated their events and logged new career-records.


Milers Kylie Goo and Andy Trouard set the tone for the rest of the squad, with Goo recording a 4:47.81 time and Trouard coasting to a 4:00.81 mark. For Goo, it bested her previous altitude-adjusted PR by three seconds, while Trouard's performance earned him the first place victory and a three second improvement as well on his old-PR. 

For the second straight week, NAU's Paige Gilchrist shattered an old-PR by 23 seconds—this time in the 5000-meter event—and notched an impressive 16:09.04. As of today, that time would put her best in the Big Sky Conference…by over a minute. Additionally, Gilchrist now claims sole possession of No. 2 all-time on NAU's indoor 5000m rankings and slides into fourth on the conference's all-time rankings.

Just as fellow cross country national champion Trouard did, Matt Baxter and Tyler Day followed suit in the men's 5K event. There, Baxter ran his way to a stellar 13:44.27 time and a third-place finish. As of today, Baxter's 5K time would rank top-10 in the NCAA. Day, on the other hand, finished eighth in the same race with a time of 13:49.53 and trumped his previous career-best by 16 seconds. The NCAA rankings have yet to be updated after today's action around the country, but Day appears to have logged a top-20 time in the 5K event nationally. 

Also competing at the ISU Classic was sophomores Geordie Beamish and Peter Lomong. Like those that ran before him tonight, Lomong hustled his way in for an 8:16.09 mark—well over a minute better than his previous PR. And, while Beamish has never recorded a collegiate time in the 3000-meter event until tonight, it is still technically a PR. Beamish finished with an 8:10.06 time to cap off an incredible day in Ames, Iowa.


An even larger number of athletes traveled to New Mexico University's Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque tonight, and showed just how deep the talent is across the board for NAU track and field.

Highlighting the night for the Lumberjacks was redshirt-senior Adam Keenan. The Canadian throws stud belted a new PR himself tonight in the weight throw circle, going for a 67-1.25 (20.45m) mark. It was the first time Keenan has eclipsed the 20-meter plateau at NAU, and the reigning Big Sky champ in the weight throw now ranks sixth all-time in conference history.

Bounce-back performance of the night goes to thrower Brady Williams, who also surpassed a previous career-best in the weight throw with a 57-5.75 (17.52m) mark Friday night. Coming off a showing at Mountain T's last weekend where he didn't make it to finals after fouling three times, Williams definitely found his grove tonight and will slide up further into the 2017 Big Sky's top-10 performance list.

Two-time NCAA Division II National Champion Shanice McPherson leapt her way to a first-place finish in the women's long jump event. The stud graduate-transfer-turned-Lumberjack won the event tonight with a 19-11.50 (6.08m) mark.

It was quite a night for NAU two-sport athlete Khalil Dorsey, as well. The Lumberjack football player-turned-track star competed in both the long jump and 60-meter hurdle events tonight, qualifying for tomorrow's finals in the latter event with an 8.03 mark. He also jumped 23-1.25 (7.04m) in the men's long jump competition.

For sprints, four-time Big Sky 200m champion James Fisher finished fourth-overall in his specialty event with a 21.46 time.