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NAU Men And Women’s Cross Country Teams Each Finish Second At NCAA Championships

The NAU Lumberjacks men’s and women’s cross country teams attempted to accomplish something Saturday that hadn’t been done since 2004. Which is sweeping the national championship meet. NAU couldn’t do it, but both teams finished second in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday. First up was the women. NAU was in second place throughout the race, trailing BYU at one point, then half way through the race defending champion NC State took over. The final 1,000-meters was a dogfight as NC State won the race with 123 points with NAU one point behind, finishing second with 124 points. Gracelyn Larkin was NAU’s top finisher in 13th place. Annika Reiss was 15th and Elise Stearns finished 20th. Next up was the men. Arkansas took the lead at the start, but NAU took over at two-thousand meters. Oklahoma State caught NAU after three-thousand meters and never looked back as they pulled away and won the men’s race with 49 points. NAU finished with 71, which is the lowest runner-up score in the race since 1963. NAU won last year’s national title with 83 points. This year the Lumberjacks were 12 points better, but lost by 22 points. That’s how dominant Oklahoma State was in the race. Drew Bosley finished fifth and Nico Young finished sixth for NAU.

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