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Northern Arizona's Geordie Beamish and Luis Grijalva each earned Second-Team All-American honors after competing in the 5,000-meter title race at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.

The pair was joined by Lumberjacks true freshman Brodey Hasty, who earned a spot on the honorable mentions list.

Beamish, who wanted to take a shot at the top two runners heading into the race, was the first for Northern Arizona to cross the finish line. He took 10th place overall in 14:13.18.

The two runners Beamish choose to 5K over the 1500m battled for the title as Wisconsin senior Morgan McDonald outlasted Stanford senior Grant Fisher for the gold. McDonald posted a 14:06.01, with Fisher coming in close at 14:06.63 for the runner-up spot.

Grijalva clocked a 14:20.86 for 15th place, with Hasty at 14:25.54 for 18th in the 24-man field that had one did-not-finish result.

Before the bell rang for the final lap Beamish was NAU's lead runner, posting a final lap time at 58.16 seconds.

Northern Arizona ended the 2019 Outdoor Championships with three team points that were earned off of Tyler Day's sixth-place finish in the 10k final race on Wednesday.

The 5K trio will each be returning to Northern Arizona next season.


WOMEN'S TENNIS

For the fourth straight season, the women's tennis team finished the spring regionally ranked, landing at No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA Mountain Region Rankings released by the ITA. The team's No. 8 ranking ties the program's highest mark dating back to 2010 set just last year.

Going wire-to-wire at the top of the Mountain Region, Lumberjacks junior Chiara Tomasetti finished the 2018-19 season as the region's leading player. Tomasetti made a huge leap up the standings to No. 1 after ranking No. 10 at the end of last spring.

Meanwhile, graduated senior Hanneke Lodewijks and sophomore Ellie Millard found themselves ranked No. 10 in this season's Mountain Region doubles list. This marks the second straight season the pair concluded the spring in the top 10 regionally.

The individual regional rankings come one week after the Lumberjacks' trio were recognized on the national level. Tomasetti finished the season at No. 110 in the national singles rankings, while Lodewijks and Millard came in at No. 58 in doubles.

Tomasetti will enter her senior season in the fall also as the Mountain Region's Player to Watch.

NAU's three national- and regional-ranked players were part of the Lumberjacks' Big Sky Championship team that finished 15-9 overall and 9-1 in conference play.

ATHLETICS

NAU student-athletes posted a record-setting combined grade point average of 3.13 for the 2019 spring semester, marking the highest overall GPA in the history of the athletic department for a single semester.

Additionally, the overall cumulative GPA of NAU's over 350 student-athletes currently sits at 3.12 -- also a record score for Lumberjack athletic programs.

"We are very proud of the individual and collective academic accomplishments of our student-athletes. Their hard work and commitment to balancing life as a student and an athlete is demonstrated by their academic achievements," said Northern Arizona Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow. "Such academic achievement is very important to our coaches, staff, university and student-athletes and this type of value alignment is just one of many characteristics that makes NAU special."

Ten Lumberjack athletic teams posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher in both the fall and spring semesters this past academic year. The women's basketball team led the way with a department-high 3.64 GPA for the spring.

A total of 213 Northern Arizona student-athletes posted 3.0 or better for the 2019 spring semester, with 49 of those recording a 4.0.

NAU also saw a total of four student-athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-District status. Lumberjack men's basketball standout Brooks DeBisschop went on to earn a spot on the 2018-19 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

So far this academic year, a total of 86 Lumberjack student-athletes have been honored with Big Sky/WAC All-Academic mention, with spring sport honorees expected to be announced in the coming days.

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The Sun Sports Staff contributed to this roundup.

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