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The defending national champion Northern Arizona University men's cross country team remained as the No. 1 team in the country for the fourth consecutive week to open the season in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll that was released Tuesday.

Northern Arizona received eight first-place votes and 353 points overall to keep the top spot. Stanford (343 points), Syracuse (337), Colorado (326) and Arkansas (315) rounded out the top five. With many teams not competing this past week, the top 10 teams in the national rankings remained the same.

Dating back to last season, Northern Arizona has sat atop the national rankings for a school-record 10 straight weeks.

NAU was just one of two Big Sky teams to make the poll's top 30.

To go with the USTFCCCA No. 1 ranking, Northern Arizona was also selected as the top team in the country in FloTrack's Week 1 National rankings. The Northern Arizona men also remained the top team in USTFCCCA's Mountain Region while the women's team stayed at No. 11.

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah State, BYU and Utah made up the top five in the women's regional rankings. The top five in the men's and women's mountain regionals remained the same as the week before.

Both teams return to action this weekend with the running of the Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville on Saturday.


The women's golf team opened the Coeur D'Alene Resort Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Gonzaga University at the Coeur D'Alene Resort in Idaho on Tuesday.

The Lumberjacks finished the first day in 17th place, shooting a combined team score of 15-over 299 for the par-71 course.

NAU was led by Sierra Bezdicek, who ended the day in a tie for 23rd overall after shooting a 1-over 72. She led the team with four birdies on the day, with all of them coming on the front nine.

Sofia Anokhina was second for the Lumberjacks, shooting a 3-over 74 to tie for 51st. Kaitlyn Saum was right behind her with a 5-over 76 performance for a tie in 64th. Both Anokhina and Saum were second on the team with two birdies.

Lexi Keene finished fourth individually for Northern Arizona with a 6-over 77 (T-70th). Carly Akine rounded things out with a 10-over 81 (T-84th).

Illinois finished the opening day of the tournament atop the leaderboard with a team score of 4-under. Colorado (1-under) came in second while Long Beach State (1-over) finished in third. BYU and New Mexico each shot a 3-over to finish in a tie for fourth.

The Lumberjacks will conclude the two-day invitational Wednesday morning with a tee time of 8 a.m.


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