Gilchrist With a First-Place Finish for the NAU Women at ASU

NAU's Paige Gilchrist
NAU's Paige Gilchrist

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Redshirt-junior Paige Gilchrist led the way for the Northern Arizona University women's cross country team at the Arizona State Invitational tonight, completing the three-mile course with a final time of 18:03 and a first-place finish.

This was the second race of the season for the 2015 Lumberjack XC all-Conference athlete from Missoula, Mont., who tallied a 6:01 pace and helped the NAU women to a third-place team finish.

Redshirt-senior Karina Ernst followed Gilchrist in at 11th-place with a 19:13 mark, while senior Carolyn Bethel (19:16) and redshirt-junior Melanie Zibrat (19:27) also logged top-20 times for the 'Jacks. Sophomore Jessie Williams came in 25th-place while redshirt-sophomore teammate Maggie Carruth coasted in for 29th-place, respectively. 

On the men's side, five of the six competing NAU athletes finished in the event's top-10, signifying another first-place team finish this season. The top-attached time for the Lumberjack men came from true freshman Cade Burks at third-place with a 20:34 mark, while Kyle Havriliak (6th), Harvey Nelson (7th), James Fitzgerald (9th) and Sean Gregg (10th) also earned top-10 finishes. Sophomore Ryan Wolff crossed the finish line tonight in 19th-place, respectively.

Running unattached for the NAU men was freshman Blaise Ferro, who earned the race's top-spot with a first-place time of 19:44 on the four-mile course—equaling about a 4:57 mile pace.

Both programs will be back in action next Friday, Oct. 28, when they travel to Moscow, Idaho, for the 2016 Big Sky Conference Championships.