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2014 Cross Country News

July 7, 2015
Tickets On Sale Now for Wine and Dine
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The 19th Annual Wine & Dine in the Pines will take place on Sunday, August 16 at the Hart Prairie Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl. The event, which is sponsored by Arizona State Credit Union, will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with over 150 wines courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits, 22 of the finest restaurants in northern Arizona and craft beers courtesy of Northland Beverage. Tickets are on sale now for $85 through July 31st with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit Northern Arizona University student-athlete scholarships. The price of tickets will go up to $95 starting August 1, so purchase your tickets now.

June 25, 2015
NAU's Hoover Selected to Academic All-America First Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Already an All-American in both cross country and track & field for his efforts in competition, senior Caleb Hoover was selected to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America First Team on Thursday. Hoover becomes the second Lumberjack student-athlete to earn First Team Academic All-American honors for the 2014-15 season joining NAU football’s Austin Hasquet.

June 22, 2015
NAU Men Ranked No. 14 Division I Program of the Year
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's cross country and track & field programs have continued to excel on the national scene as they were ranked No. 14 on the USTFCCCA Division I Men's Program of the Year final standings, following the 2014-15 campaign. Oregon men took home the top honor, followed by Arkansas and Texas.

June 13, 2015
NAU Athletics Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos is proud to announce the 2015 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class who will be honored at this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 11. The former 'Jacks will also be honored at the Hall of Fame Game on Sept. 12 versus New Mexico Highlands. Comprising this year’s class is the head coach that led NAU to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth Ben Howland, nine-time All-American cross country and track & field athlete David McNeill and football’s all-time receiving yards leader Clarence Moore.

June 12, 2015
Summer 2015 Coaches Caravan Dates Announced
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department will be rolling through the state of Arizona during its annual NAU Coaches Caravan tour and hopes that Lumberjack Nation will come out in full force when it hits your city. The caravan will make its first stop in San Diego on Monday, June 29 before making several stops in the Grand Canyon State.

June 2, 2015
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back in Record Numbers During 2014-15 Year
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Last year, Northern Arizona University student-athletes performed an incredible 4,378 total community service hours setting a new department record. During the 2014-15 academic year, Lumberjack student-athletes outdid themselves resetting the record with over 5,000 hours out in the Flagstaff community and the greater Northern Arizona region in an outstanding department-wide effort to give back.

May 27, 2015
NCAA Releases Latest Academic Progress Rate Results
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes continue to strive for academic excellence culminating in graduation, as the latest annual multi-year data has been released by the NCAA.

May 27, 2015
Hoover Voted to Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona cross country and track & field senior Caleb Hoover was recently voted to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team, voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The All-District honor, Hoover's first of his career, was just the latest academic honor he earned during the recently completed 2014-15 academic year.

May 19, 2015
NAU Men Win Second Consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona men have captured their second consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy, the conference office announced Tuesday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and maintained it after a tie for first place capturing their fourth straight outdoor title.

May 9, 2015
NAU Athletics Celebrates 42 Student-Athlete Graduates This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In total, 42 Northern Arizona University student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend during the Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held on campus yesterday and today. Including the 21 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 63 graduates for the 2014-15 academic year.

May 6, 2015
NAU Athletics May Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alejandro Montano of the men's cross country and track & field teams and Julia Viberg of the women's track & field team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of May.

April 30, 2015
A Night to Remember: 2015 Louie's Awards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday night at Prochnow Auditorium, the NAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the second annual Louie’s Awards, a night for Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff to sit back, relax and remember the 2014-15 academic year.

April 15, 2015
Hoover, Vang, Buzzard & Hasquet Honored as Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday, NAU’s brightest student-athletes were honored at the 37th annual Golden Eagle Awards held at the High Country Conference Center. The annual luncheon recognizes Northern Arizona University’s student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 191 Lumberjack student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments.

March 31, 2015
'Jacks, Northern Arizona Community Come Together for Student-Athlete for a Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Athletics Department, spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), held its Student-Athlete for a Day on Tuesday for over 200 children throughout the northern Arizona region. The important Student-Athlete for a Day returned for the first time in three years and was a fun-filled day for both the Lumberjack student-athletes and the local youth.

February 11, 2015
Caleb Hoover Named to USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Caleb Hoover has been named to the 2014 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic team. Hoover is a senior majoring in exercise science with plans to attend medical school following his graduation this spring. He holds a 3.97 GPA.

January 27, 2015
31 Lumberjacks Earn 2014 Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team Honors
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's cross country teams placed a total of 31 student-athletes on the fall 2014 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office.

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.

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.

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.

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