Northern Arizona locked up a pair of All-American honors Friday night at the 2018 NCAA Indoor National Championships in College Station, Texas, as Andy Trouard finished fifth in the men's 5000-meter run and Ashley Taylor qualified for Saturday's 800m final.
Entering the meet with the 18th-fastest 800m time, Taylor ran her career best with a 2:04.50 in the second heat. Qualifying as the final berth after a pair of other runners elected not to run the event, Taylor made the most of her first trip to an NCAA Championship meet.
Formerly a dominant 400m hurlder in outdoor, Taylor's move to focus on the 800m as a senior has led her to a gold medal at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship and a guaranteed All-American finish thanks to her inclusion in the eight-runner final.
Meanwhile, Trouard locked up Northern Arizona's first points at the NCAA meet with his fifth-place finish. Running the event for just the second time after winning gold at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships, Trouard clocked a career-best time of 14:16.39 after entering as the 10th-fastest qualifier. Southern Utah's Mike Tate, who took silver at the conference meet, just edged out Trouard's kick on the final stretch with a 14:15.67 to take fourth.
Syracuse's Justyn Knight, who beat out Northern Arizona's Matt Baxter and Tyler Day for the individual cross country title, took the 5000m title and will enter Saturday as the lone runner with a faster qualifying time than Trouard in the 3000m.
Jasmine Malone finished her junior indoor season with the second-fastest indoor 400m of her career, running a 53.66 and a 16th-place finish. Senior Paige Gilchrist also wrapped up her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor meet with a 16:38.42 in the 5000m, taking 15th. Gilchrist, a native of Missoula, Montana, beat out Colorado's Makena Morley, a native of Bigfork, Montana, and former Grizzlies runner.
Along with Trouard returning to the track for the 3000m and Taylor running the final of the 800m, Baxter will make his lone appearance in the 3000m and Brooke Andersen will compete in the women's weight throw.
The men's tennis team fell to Idaho Friday afternoon, 4-3.
The Lumberjacks nearly came back with the score tied at 3-3 before Idaho clinched the final court for the victory.
The Lumberjacks are now 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the Big Sky.
The Vandals came out strong against the Jacks, taking both courts in doubles to go up 1-0. The Vandals continued their run by winning the next two points at the No. 5 and No. 4 positions.
With the score 3-0, Northern Arizona started a comeback.
Junior Tim Handel picked up the first win for the Lumberjacks, 7-6 (5), 6-4, then junior Lucas Taylor followed suit on his court 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The tying point was won by senior Sebastian Eguez, who overcame Vandals junior Lucas Coutinho 7-5, 7-6 (3) at the No. 6 position.
Northern Arizona and Idaho went head to head at the No. 5 position for the win where the Vandals just edged past the Lumberjacks 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
The Lumberjacks will compete against another Big Sky Conference opponent in Eastern Washington Saturday. The match is set for 11 a.m. in Cheney, Washington.
Freshman Worthy Goldman picked up her first Big Sky Conference win to help the Northern Arizona women's tennis team to a 6-1 victory over the Portland State Vikings Friday.
The Lumberjacks have now notched their eighth consecutive win, increasing to an 8-2 overall record and remain undefeated in conference at 3-0.
"The team was really professional today from the minute we got to the courts for the warm up," said Lumberjacks head coach Maciej Bogusz.
Northern Arizona dominated in doubles, with pair Eirene Granville and Cora-Lynn von Dungern finishing first with a 6-3 victory before Chiara Tomasetti and Madi Moore clinched the doubles point.
Up 1-0, the Lumberjacks continued with wins from Ellie Millard, Hanneke Lodewijks and a clincher from Tomasetti. The Vikings and Jacks continued action with Granville picking up at win at the No. 5 position and Portland State getting on the board over Von Dungern.
Goldman competed in conference for the first time this season and beat junior Ashley Knecht 7-5, 6-2 to finish off the match for the Lumberjacks.
"Congrats to Worthy on her first college dual match win," Bogusz said. "It was a great start to her college career."
A three-match week is up next for Northern Arizona against UNLV, Eastern Washington and Idaho spanning the course of four days. The Lumberjacks will face the UNLV Rebels first in Las Vegas on Thursday before competing against two Big Sky opponents. Eastern Washington and Idaho will then host Northern Arizona March 17 and March 18, respectively. All three matches are set for 10 a.m.