NEW ORLEANS – For the second-consecutive United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Poll, the Northern Arizona University men's team ranks No. 1 unanimously in the nation.
Coming off a historic performance at Big Sky Championships last Friday, the No. 1 Lumberjacks sit atop the USTFCCCA Week Six National Poll with all 12 first-place votes and 360 total points. Following them are two NCAA Mountain Region foes in No. 2 Colorado and No. 3 BYU. After ranking second in the country in the week five poll, Stanford fell to No. 4 while Syracuse jumped up a spot to No. 5 this week.
Overall, this is the fourth-straight coaches' poll the Lumberjacks rank first in the country, and it is no surprise they garnered the unanimous honor today after their performance at conference championships last weekend. The men accomplished something that had never been done in the history of the Big Sky Conference Championship race: they accounted for the first six athletes to cross the finish line.
In fact, it was only the second time since the beginning of the conference championship race in 1963 that a men's squad recorded a perfect score of 15 points. The last such team to do so—the 1988 NAU Lumberjacks, who went onto place second at NCAA National Championships.
The NAU men and women will have this weekend off from competition before traveling to Logan, Utah, for NCAA Mountain Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 11. The women will race a 6K course at 11 a.m. MT while the men will follow with a 10K championship race at noon.
For the full USTFCCCA Week Six National Rankings, click here.