The Lumberjack men’s cross-country runners maintained their national ranking, with their fifth win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.
The men's and women’s cross-country teams made their way to Madison, Wisconsin for their third meet of the season Friday.
After two straight first-place titles, the No. 1 nationally ranked men’s team claimed another win, racking up only 59 points during the meet. This win led the Lumberjacks to their fourth consecutive Nuttycombe title and fifth total win at the invitational.
The 8-kilometer championship was led by junior Luis Grijalva in fifth place with a final time of 23:43.2. Following only five seconds behind him were veteran redshirt senior Geordie Beamish and freshman Abdihamid Nur. The two were separated by a tenth of a second in eighth and ninth place.
The Lumberjacks' biggest competitor was Stanford University. The No. 5-ranked team followed NAU in second place but gathered significantly more points, with a total of 133.
As for the women’s team, it entered the race nationally ranked No. 27. Sophomore Taryn O’Neill led the team in 20th place at 20:23.3, less than a minute behind Wisconsin senior Alicia Monson in first place.
NAU’s seven women runners compiled 251 points to end in sixth place among the 20 competing teams.
The runners continue the season in Greeley, Colorado Nov. 2 as the Big Sky Championship makes a speedy arrival.