NEW ORLEANS – It is an unprecedented time for the Northern Arizona University men's cross country team.
In the program's illustrious history, never has a men's squad been ranked No. 1 in the country for consecutive weeks, but that notion was put to bed Tuesday morning when the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association named the Lumberjacks the country's top team for the second-straight week.
The No. 1 Lumberjacks raked in seven first-place votes, tying a school record which was set last week, as they garnered 352 total points in the week four poll. Defending national champion Syracuse recorded a single first-place vote and the No. 2 ranking, while No. 3 BYU tallied two first-place votes, No. 4 Oregon added a first-place vote and No.5 Arkansas rounded out the national top-five on the men's side.
Despite being idle from competition since Sept. 10, the NAU men have shown so far the kind of depth and talent this roster boasts by winning both races they have competed in and doing so without running the likes of sophomore Tyler Day, three-time competitor at NCAA's Nathan Weitz or three-time cross country All-American Futsum Zienasellassie.
It is shaping up to be a great cross country season, as the men are itching to get back to competition. The Lumberjacks will carry this No. 1 ranking with them to Madison, Wis., when the team races in the highly-anticipated national meet: The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, Oct. 14. As this week's rankings show, five of the top-10 and 11 of the top-20 men's teams will be at that meet.
For the full USTFCCCA week four rankings, click here.