NEW ORLEANS – The USTFCCCA released its week three regional rankings this morning, with both Lumberjack cross country squads maintaining their week two spots—No. 1 for the men and No. 10 for the women—in the Mountain Region.
There was some shake-up in the region on the men's side, though, as last week's No. 4 team BYU leapfrogged defending regional champ Colorado and UTEP to claim the No. 2 spot this week. Colorado, UTEP and Colorado State make up the rest of the top-five, while Big Sky Conference foe Southern Utah—currently sitting at No. 6 in the region—fell out of the top-five in week three.
The Northern Arizona women were back in action this past weekend and despite a top-20 finish at the Roy Griak Invitational, the Lumberjacks remained anchored to the No. 10 spot in the Mountain Region for a second-consecutive week. In fact, the entire top-10 on the women's side remained undisturbed with New Mexico, Colorado, BYU, Utah and Weber State rounding out the top-five.
At the race last Saturday, redshirt-senior Melanie Townsend made her 2016 cross country debut finishing first among the Lumberjack athletes and 53rd overall among the field of 329 runners. Sophomore Mikayla Malaspina continues to shine for the NAU women's team as she too secured a top-70 finish, racing in for 67th overall.
Both Lumberjack cross country squads have a couple weekends off before their next scheduled meet: the 2016 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 14.