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Pipi Eitel won the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, Blaise Ferro took the title in the men's 3000m race and Brooke Andersen finished second in the women's hammer throw as the Northern Arizona track and field program opened the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State's Sun Angel Stadium on Friday.

Andersen got the day started in the afternoon for the Lumberjacks when she posted a best toss of 69.99 meters to finish second in the hammer. The only athlete to beat her was ASU's Maggie Ewn, who broke the collegiate record with a 74.53-meter performance.

Eitel won the steeplechase later in the evening in her first career running of the event with a time of 10:52.48. Ferro also took the crown in the  3000m with a personal best time of 8:23.25.

As a unit Northern Arizona posted 15 personal records, with just 18 athletes competing in uniform.


WOMEN'S TENNIS

The women's tennis team has surpassed 30 straight regular-season wins against Big Sky opponents after adding Idaho State to the list Saturday with a 6-1 victory on the road.

"I don't think we played our best tennis today," said Lumberjacks head coach Maciej Bogusz. "But we competed really hard and were tough when we needed to be."

Northern Arizona saw early success again in doubles, with Hanneke Lodewijks and Ellie Millard finishing first 6-2 against ISU's Hristina Cvetkovic and Megan Poe. The Bengals evened it up with a 6-1 win over Eirene Granville and Cora Lynn Von Dungern before Chiara Tomasetti and Madi Moore clinched the point 6-4 at the No. 3 position.

Lodewijks, who is leading the team in singles wins with 14, picked up her fifth straight victory to finish first for the Lumberjacks, 6-4, 6-3. Millard followed in her footsteps, notching her seventh straight win 7-5, 6-2 against Melissa Coburn. Tomasetti secured the win at 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory on court two.

Idaho State got on the board next increasing the score to 4-1 after Bengal's Louise-Mare Botes defeated Von Dungern 6-4, 6-4.

Granville and Moore then topped it off with a 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 win, respectively.

"Idaho State came prepared and competed well, credit to them" Bogusz said. "Now we need to recover and be ready for a strong Weber State opponent tomorrow."

Northern Arizona will conclude its three-match road week against Weber State Sunday at 10 a.m.

MEN'S TENNIS

The men's tennis team garnered a 7-0 shutout over the Montana State Bobcats to remain undefeated at home Saturday.

The Lumberjacks increase to 9-10 overall and 7-2 in the Big Sky, moving up two spots to land in second place in the standings just three weeks before the conference tournament.

Northern Arizona's Lucas Taylor and Chris Steele finished doubles first with a 6-1 score over MSU's Kasper Parlklo and Adrian Torrico. Doubles pair Ruben Montano and Sebastian Eguez then clinched the point 6-2 at the No. 3 position.

In singles, Taylor once again finished first with a 6-1, 6-2 win against MSU's Rok Sitar. The junior was followed by Montano, who garnered a 6-2, 6-4 win in his second week at the No. 3 position, and senior Harun Ajanovic, who competed for the first time this season, clinching the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 6 position.

Eguez continued the momentum taking a 6-4, 6-1 win to push the score to 5-0, before both Handel and Steele finished off their matches 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 and 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3), respectively.

The Lumberjacks will have a little over a week now before taking the courts in Cedar City to compete against Southern Utah April 16 at 1 p.m.

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Sports Reporter

Cody Bashore serves as the beat writer for Northern Arizona University basketball and football in addition to covering high school sports around Flagstaff for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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