Dominating the field Saturday at The Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, the Northern Arizona University men's cross country team placed four in the top five of the race to win the 8K event, with Matt Baxter claiming the individual title in 23:10.52 for the No. 1 nationally ranked Lumberjacks.
Tyler Day clocked a 23:11.25 for second place, and Andy Trouard (23:27.89) and Geordie Beamish (23:34.92) rounded out the top four.
Led by Paige Gilchrist and her fourth-place finish in 16:46.39, the Northern Arizona women claimed fifth place in the 5,000-meter run with 181 points. Mikayla Malaspina came in 15th (16:57.49) and Miranda Myers finished in 32nd at 17:17.97. Kylie Goo (56th, 17:33.14), Pipi Eitel (17:45.34), Delaney Rasmussen (124th, 18:07.54) and Emily Roughan (131st, 18:10.94) rounded out Northern Arizona's top seven.
Also competing for the Lumberjacks men's side was freshman Luis Grijalva in ninth (23:42.19), Peter Lomong in 10th (23:42.30) and Ryan Wolff in 51st (24:35.72).
The Lumberjacks won the event with a score of 19 points and knocked off six other nationally ranked teams in the process.
Furman University came in second with 78 points, while Virginia Tech got bronze with 117. It was the second victory in as many races for the Northern Arizona men, who won the George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff on Sept. 2.
Boise State won the event with 82 points on the women's side. Wisconsin (107), Furman (127), Minnesota (129) and Northern Arizona rounded out the top five.
The men compete next at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, Oct. 13, against one of the best collegiate fields in the country.
The women will next be running at The Pre National Invitational, hosted by Louisville University on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the same course Saturday's Greater Louisville Classic took place. It will feature one of the premier fields in Division I cross country this season.
Northern Arizona struggled to slow down Weber State's attack Saturday and in the process saw their short-lived, two-match win streak come to an end with the 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 defeat on the road.
The Wildcats hit a blistering .336 to drop the Lumberjacks' record to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Both teams found openings in the defenses. The Lumberjacks hit .269 as a team and the Wildcats slugged .273. NAU managed to outblock Weber State, 6-4, but it wasn't enough to slow the home team down.
Sophomore Sydney Lema finished the night with a team-high-tying 12 kills and had the hot hand early for Northern Arizona, posting seven kills in the opening set. Her kill knotted the first set at 6-6 and ignited a 6-0 run with sophomore Abby Akin at the service line to push NAU in front. Weber State took the lead for good at 19-17 courtesy of a four-point surge and claimed the first set by hitting .395.
The second set was tied on 13 occasions with the Wildcats eventually prevailing despite the Jacks hitting .350. Neither team led by more than two points the entire way. Akin and hitter Kaylie Jorgenson snuffed out a Weber State attack to give NAU a 21-20 lead, and Lema provided the Lumberjacks with a 23-22 edge, but the Jacks allowed the late-set rally.
Weber State took over in the third to seal the deal in the final frame. The Lumberjacks never got closer than 6-5 as a 7-2 Wildcat run was more than enough to keep the Jacks at bay.
Jorgenson and Heaven Harris joined Lema in double-figure kills with 12 and 10 respectively. Jorgenson posted a team-high 15 digs to notch her 10th double-double of the season. Sophomore Abby Stomp led the team with 19 assists and recorded two of NAU's five service aces.
The Lumberjacks host Eastern Washington and Idaho next Thursday and Saturday in the Rolle Activity Center.
Northern Arizona University's Emma Reyes and Loren Skibba competed in the first and second rounds of Wyoming University's Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. on Saturday.
After two rounds of play, Skibba sits in a tie for 50th with a 20-over performance. She shot an 80 to open the event and followed it with an 84 in the second round.
Reyes is currently in a tie for 60th with a 25-over showing. She started the day with a 89 and improved nine strokes to shoot an 80 in the following round.
The two are the only Lumberjacks in competition this weekend. They are playing as individuals to get some more work in during the fall campaign.
Reyes and Skibba will conclude the tournament Sunday, with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MST.