NAU Women Earn First-Place Finish at T-Bird Classic

NAU Women's XC Team
NAU Women's XC Team


MESA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University women's cross country team made the most of a weekend trip down to Mesa for the Thunderbird Classic hosted by Mesa Community College today, finishing first overall as a team and placing first through fourth individually.

Redshirt-senior Melanie Townsend was the top-finisher overall with a 17:42.5 time, while redshirt-junior Kylie Goo (17:55.7), sophomore Mikayla Malaspina (18:15.4) and redshirt-senior Emily Roughan (18:18.1) followed their teammate second through fourth.

The Lumberjack men also ran Saturday morning in Mesa, earning a second-place team finish with three runners placing in the top-10. True freshman Cade Burks garnered the highest finish on the day for NAU, placing fourth with a 26:17.9 time on the 8K course. Sophomore Ryan Wolff (26:44.8) and junior Sean Gregg (26:45.2) went ninth and tenth, respectively.

"The women competed very well and worked on a few things they needed to work on," said Director of Cross Country Eric Heins. "It was great to see them compete throughout the race, and we need them to race the same way in Wisconsin. For the men that raced, however, they did not take advantage of their opportunity today."

The Lumberjacks are back in action next Friday, Oct. 14, when they head to Madison, Wis., for the highly-anticipated Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The No. 1 Lumberjack men are expected to showcase their best lineup next weekend in Wisconsin.