Lumberjack Men Compete at Sycamore Invitational Saturday

NAU's Matt Baxter
NAU's Matt Baxter

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With the first official meet of the 2016 season under its belt, the third-ranked Northern Arizona University men's cross country team will compete at the Sycamore Invitational hosted by Indiana State this Saturday, Sept. 10, in Terre Haute, Ind.

Traveling with the No. 3 Lumberjacks this weekend will be redshirt-juniors Matt Baxter, Cory Glines and Andy Trouard, as well as sophomore Peter Lomong and redshirt-freshman Geordie Beamish. Each athlete listed posted times at the season-opening George Kyte Classic last Saturday, with all five individually scoring within the top-six and leading NAU to a first-place finish at this event for the fifth-straight year.

"The men are looking forward to getting out there this weekend and competing against some good competition," said Director of Cross Country Eric Heins. "As a coach, it will be interesting to see how they race at sea level for the first time this season and handle a pretty tough course. They're up for the challenge, though, so it's going to be fun to watch."   

Making up the rest of the competition field on the men's side will be No. 18 Michigan, Duke and host school, Indiana State. The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course, which is also the site of this year's NCAA Division I National Championships, is a rolling course that does propose some challenges.

However, Glines and Trouard do have experience racing at this venue, seeing as both competed at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Glines, then running for Michigan as a true freshman, placed 197th overall while Trouard was part of that Lumberjack cross country team that finished as the national-runner up.  

The men's 8K on Saturday is scheduled for a 10 a.m. CT start. As of today, the weather forecast calls for overcast skies with a 53 percent chance of showers an hour after the men's race gets underway (source: AccuWeather).

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