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The Northern Arizona football team will open its first fall camp under new head coach Chris Ball on Wednesday, with the first of 22 practices leading up to the 2019 season opener versus Missouri State set for Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Walkup Skydome.

All practices during camp will take place at the Skydome outdoor practice field or inside the venue, and are free and open to the public.

Media members are also invited to Lumberjacks football practices during the fall camp. Players and coaches will be available for interviews at the conclusion of each workout.

The Lumberjacks have three scrimmages listed on the fall camp schedule, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 10. Northern Arizona will also feature its full-contact game preparation on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Lumberjacks return 20 starters and 35 letterwinners from last season's squad, including senior quarterback Case Cookus, who boasts 7,968 passing yards and 74 touchdown passes in his Lumberjacks career.

Ball brings over 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level and will be joined by a staff that features seven assistant coaches also entering their initial season with the Lumberjacks.

A variety of ticket packages are currently on sale for the 2019 season. Fans can purchase tickets online at nauathletics.com/tickets or by calling (928) 523-0639.

CROSS COUNTRY

Northern Arizona men's and women's squads look to race against some of the country's best this fall.

The Lumberjacks, who released their 2019 schedule on Wednesday, will race in three meets during the regular season before facing postseason competition. The Lumberjacks start the season in Flagstaff with the running of the 39th annual George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park on Sept. 7.

Last year the host of George Kyte, the only meet that Northern Arizona runs in Flagstaff, swept the meet as Peter Lomong and Hannah Behunin placed first for the men and women respectively.

Northern Arizona will head to Terre Haute, Indiana, for the John McNichols Invitational hosted by Indiana State University Sept. 28. The LeVern Gibson Course will also be the location of the 2019 NCAA Cross Country National Championships. 

The Jacks will look to defend their first-place team finish from last season at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational on Oct. 18 in Madison, Wisconsin. Tyler Day led the way for Northern Arizona last year, coming in third place at the meet, with three other male Lumberjacks runners finishing in the top 10 for a total team score of 46 points.

Northern Arizona will be competing for its fifth men's team victory in seven years at Nuttycombe this fall.

This year's Big Sky Conference Championships will take place in Greeley, Colorado, on Nov. 2 and will hosted by Northern Colorado University. The Lumberjack men captured their third straight conference title in 2018, while the NAU women's squad saw Jesselyn Bries named as the Big Sky Female Freshman of the Year.

NCAA Mountain Regionals will follow up the conference championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 15 and will be hosted by the University of Utah.

The cross country season will come to an end with the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, on Nov 23.

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