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After outstanding performances at both the Iowa State Classic and New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational, Northern Arizona took home three of the four weekly Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week awards. Brooke Andersen was named the Women's Field Athlete of the Week, and Andy Trouard and Paige Gilchrist earned the Men's and Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors.

It is the third conference honor picked up by Andersen this indoor season while Trouard and Gilchrist each earned their second.

Andersen set the new NAU and Big Sky record with a best toss of 21.95 meters in the women's weight throw at the Don Kirby Invite. The mark sits as the seventh-best in the nation.

Trouard posted the second-fastest time in the country in the men's 3000m at the Iowa State Classic with a time of 7:48.21, out-kicking Stanford great Grant Fisher to take the event's title. It was the third-fastest time recorded in conference history.

The redshirt senior from Tucson also is 16th in the country in the men's mile with a time of 3:58.01.

Gilchrist turned in a school and Big Sky record run in the women's 5000m at Iowa with a 15:45.76 performance. It was good for a fourth-place finish in a stacked field that included some of the best in the NCAA and currently sits as the 12th-best mark in the country.

The Missoula, Montana, native also has the 15th-fastest women's mile in the nation with a time of 4:37.35.

As a team, the Lumberjacks have taken home 10 weekly accolades this season.

Northern Arizona returns to action this Friday with the hosting of the NAU Tune-Up at the Walkup Skydome. Field events will start at approximately 3 p.m. while track events will get underway at 5 p.m.


The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body for non-varsity college hockey across the United States, announced that former Northern Arizona head coach Gerald Caple has been elected to the ACHA Hall Of Fame in the Builder category. Caple will be the sole member of the ACHA Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

The Hall's Class of 2018 was selected from a field of 10 eligible nominees by the ACHA's seven-member Board of Directors.

A native of International Falls, Minnesota, Caple established the Lumberjack club hockey program in Flagstaff in 1971 while teaching at NAU as a chemistry professor. For more than a decade, Caple organized, advised, managed and coached the NAU hockey team, spending hours and money in order to develop and build the Lumberjacks into a competitive collegiate hockey program.

Under Caple's direction, NAU grew over the years and became a powerful team, beating many of the collegiate and amateur teams in the southwestern U.S., including Arizona and Arizona State in the beginning days of their respective hockey programs.

NAU's hockey team played in the Walkup Skydome in front of large crowds, including a game against the professional Phoenix Roadrunners of the Pacific Hockey League.

This success of NAU under Caple's tutelage directly led the university to elevate the program to NCAA Division I status in the 1981-82 season. The NCAA Lumberjacks played five seasons as an NCAA D-I Independent squad. The most notable members during NAU's NCAA tenure were former Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings player Jimmy Peters, who served as NAU's head coach, as well as Greg Adams (New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and Florida Panthers) and Bob Beers (Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders).

The Lumberjack club hockey program was resurrected in 1991 and soon became a member of the ACHA.


Sofia Anokhina and Sierra Bezdicek finished in a tie for eighth overall with 2-over performances on Tuesday as the Northern Arizona women's golf team concluded the two-day, 54-hole Battle at the Rock hosted by UC Riverside at the Oak Quarry Golf Club.

The two Lumberjacks entered the final round tied for 11th, but moved up three spots after each shot an even-par 72 to close out the tournament. It was Bezdicek's best showing of the year, and Anokhina posted her third-best mark of the campaign.

Emma Reyes and Carly Akine also set new best marks for a tournament during the 2017-18 season.

As a team, NAU finished in eighth place overall out of 14 teams with a plus 34 (898 strokes). It tied the season's second-best team round for a tournament this year.

Reyes finished in a tie for 44th with a 14-over showing.

Loren Skibba shot a 15-over for a tie for 46th while Akine finished in a tie for 54th with a 17-over. Kaitlyn Saum (T-57th/18-over) and Lexi Keene (62nd/19-over) rounded out the scoring for the Lumberjacks.

UC Davis won the event at 10-over.

Northern Arizona will be back on the links with UNLV's Rebel Beach tournament in Las Vegas Feb. 26-27.


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