Due to inclement weather on the way in Louisville, the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Committee has announced that the Division I National Championship races have been bumped up an hour and 45 minutes from their original start time.
The women's 6K will now start at 7 a.m. MST, followed by the men's 10K race at 8. The awards presentations for both championships will be held on site at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park shortly after the completion of the men's race.
The Lumberjacks will be sending out its top team of Tyler Day, Matt Baxter, Andrew Trouard, Geordie Beamish, Peter Lomong and Luis Grijalva to shoot for their second consecutive national championship.
To go with back-to-back Mountain Regional titles and the conference championship, the Lumberjacks have held the top spot in the country for all eight weeks of the USTFCCCA rankings this season, a program record for most time spent in the top spot during a year. Dating back to last season, NAU has held the No. 1 spot for a school-record 14 consecutive weeks. It is the longest time for a team to spend in the top spot since Colorado achieved the feat with a run of 17 straight weeks during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Northern Arizona is trying to be the first school to go back-to-back at the national championships since Colorado won it during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It is the 26th time in program history NAU has appeared in the NCAAs.