FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In preparation for what should be an exciting cross country year for the Northern Arizona men and women, the official racing schedule is set for the upcoming 2016 season.
The Lumberjacks will challenge themselves and rack up the miles this fall, traveling as far as Indiana, Minneapolis and Wisconsin all before Big Sky Conference Championships take place Friday, Oct. 28 in Moscow, Idaho.
"I am excited about the variety in our racing schedule this year," said Director of Cross Country Eric Heins. "Our schedule is always designed to prepare us for the conference and national championships, and I believe this schedule will do just that. There are a good mix of local races as well as races across the country to give every level of runner a chance to compete."
Both squads will open their 2016 season hosting the 36th annual George Kyte Classic (Sept. 3) at Buffalo Park before the men make their way to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Sycamore Invitational (Sept. 10).
The following weekend, the Lumberjack men and women will be back in state competing at the Dave Murray Invitational (Sept. 16), hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson. From there, the NAU women will pack their bags and head to Minneapolis for the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational (Sept. 24) to finish out the first month of competition.
The Lumberjacks open October with the University of Arizona Twilight (Oct. 7), followed by the Wisconsin Invitational (Oct. 14) in Madison. The Arizona State Invitational (Oct. 21) will serve as the final tune-up for some of the athletes before the University of Idaho plays host to this year's conference championships. The NAU men are looking to start another conference title streak after their eight-straight championship run was snapped in 2015.
The season will conclude with the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (Nov. 11) in Logan, Utah, and the NCAA Championships will follow (Nov. 19) in Terre Haute.
2016 NAU Cross Country Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 3 | George Kyte Classic | Men – 1:30 p.m., Women – 2:30 p.m. | Flagstaff, Ariz.
Saturday, Sept. 10 | Sycamore Invitational | Men – 10 a.m. CT | Terre Haute, Ind.
Friday, Sept. 16 | Dave Murray Invitational | Time TBA | Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, Sept. 24 | Roy Griak Invitational | Women – 1:35 p.m. CT | Minneapolis, Minn.
Friday, Oct. 7 | University of Arizona Twilight | TBA | Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, Oct. 14 | Wisconsin Invitational | TBA | Madison, Wis.
Friday, Oct. 21 | Arizona State Invitational | TBA | Tempe, Ariz.
Friday, Oct. 28 | Big Sky Championships | TBA | Moscow, Idaho
Friday, Nov. 11 | NCAA Mountain Region Championships | TBA | Logan, Utah
Saturday, Nov. 19 | NCAA Championships | TBA | Terre Haute, Ind.