TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Despite it being only the second week of the cross country season, the Northern Arizona University men seem to be in midseason form as the Lumberjacks produced another team victory for the second consecutive week at the Sycamore Invitational earlier today.
The Lumberjacks lived up to their No. 3 ranking once again as redshirt-junior Matt Baxter engineered his first collegiate individual victory Saturday on the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Championship 8K course with a 25:01 time. Baxter's redshirt-junior teammate Cory Glines followed him in for a second place finish at 25:06, making it back-to-back runner-up performances for Glines to open the season.
"They looked good today," said Director of Cross Country Eric Heins. "Our athletes kept a good, controlled effort through the 5K and then pulled away the last 3K."
Peter Lomong (25:22), Andy Trouard (25:27) and Geordie Beamish (25:33) also scored times for NAU today, as the Lumberjacks led the field with an impressive 18 team points—19 points better than second-place No. 18 Michigan.
The win for the 'Jacks marked the second in as many weeks, and it also was the second-straight race five NAU athletes placed within the field's top-six.
Heins mentioned last week the importance of closing the distance and generating more of a pack among the NAU athletes and still thinks the team could tighten the screws in that department.
"We do need to work on staying together as a pack longer into the race, so that will be something we will continue to address moving forward," said Heins.
The NAU men and women will both be back in action next Friday, Sept. 16, at the Dave Murray Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.