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November 15, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Women's Preview: Surging NAU Tries to Derail NC State 3-Peat

No women's team has three-peated since Stanford (2005-07) while the NAU women have never won NCAA XC. Will one of those droughts change on Saturday?
November 15, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Men's Preview: The NAU-OSU Rematch Should Be Incredible

NAU beat OSU on a tiebreaker a year ago and both teams could be even better in 2023. Who will win it all in Charlottesville?
June 14, 2023

From Norway to Flagstaff: How Double Threshold Training Is Taking Over the World

What links Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the NAU cross country team, and Sebastian Coe? Double threshold training, which is having a moment in 2023. Note, this article is behind our SC paywall for 72 hours (until Saturday).
November 16, 2022

2022 NCAA XC Men's Team Preview: Stanford Seeks First Title Since '03 Against a Deep Field

Stanford crushed everyone at Nuttycombe, but BYU, OK State, and NAU (winners of 5 of the last 6 titles) all have legitimate shots to win on Saturday.
September 21, 2022

2022 NCAA XC Men's Top 10: NAU Chases Second Three-Peat; Can Stanford or OK State Finally Knock Them Off?

NAU is loaded once again. But so is Stanford, and OSU should be dangerous on its home course. Who will win it all in '22? *MB: Jonathan Gault unveils his top 10 men's NCAA xc teams. Agree or disagree?
September 21, 2022

Top Recruit Colin Sahlman May Not Race for NAU This Fall

"It's probably on the more unlikely side that we are putting him out there [this fall]," says NAU coach Mike Smith. *MB: Colin Sahlman may not race for NAU in 2022 - "It's probably on the more unlikely side that we are putting him out there."
June 06, 2022

2022 NCAA M5K/10K/SC Preview: NAU Duo of Abdihamid Nur & Nico Young Lead the Way

Nur will be looking for his 3rd NCAA title in the 10k while Young is chasing his first against a strong 5k field.
November 17, 2021

2021 NCAA XC Men's Team Preview: Blue Bloods or New Blood?

NAU (60 points), Notre Dame (87), and Oklahoma State (142) were the three best teams at NCAAs last year. NAU has gotten worse, Notre Dame has improved a little, and Oklahoma State has improved a lot. That means it should be pretty close between the three of them on Saturday. NAU has won 4 of the last 5 men's XC titles. Oklahoma State won 3 of 4 from 2009-12. Will the blue bloods prevail in Tallahassee, or will Notre Dame win its first title since 1957?
March 29, 2021

Two Decades After Brannen, Webb, & Willis, Ron Warhurst Has Another Teen Mile Star on His Hands. His Name Is Hobbs Kessler.

The 77-year-old Warhurst, who has doled out running advice to everyone from Matthew Centrowitz to Tom Brady, has taken on a role coaching Kessler, who ran 3:57.66 on Sunday to break the US indoor high school mile record.
March 11, 2021

NCAA XC Men's Preview: NAU Seeks Revenge as BYU Tries to Repeat; Can Anyone Stop Wesley Kiptoo?

At last, the 2020 NCAA xc championships are almost here (in 2021). Will BYU repeat or will NAU win it's 4th title in 5 seasons? And can anyone stop Wesley Kiptoo?
February 01, 2021

BYU Upsets #1 NAU as Conner Mantz Wins, Nico Young Impresses, & BYU Sweeps Team Titles at Silver State Challenge in Vegas

The #2 BYU men may have upset #1 NAU, but NAU held out one of the top runners in the country in Luis Grijalva. Young finished an impressive second as NAU's Taryn O'Neill won the women's race.
November 17, 2020

Why Are NCAA Indoors and NCAA XC Scheduled For the Same Weekend? And Will They Happen at All?

The NCAA XC champs will be held on March 15, just two days after NCAA Indoors. Jonathan Gault spoke to several top NCAA coaches to figure out why the schedule turned out that way -- and how they're adjusting. Many coaches indicated they are likely to blow off one of the championships entirely.
October 15, 2020

The Best NCAA XC Meet of 2020 Is on Saturday at Oklahoma State

Covid-19 has given us a real treat as this weekend's OSU Invitational will offer us something we wouldn't get to see if it weren't for the pandemic: a regular-season matchup between the sport's top three men's teams from 2019 NCAAs -- BYU, NAU, and Colorado. *MB: BYU vs. NAU This Weekend!
November 26, 2019

The Decade Awards: Which NCAA Cross Country Programs & Athletes Were the Best of the 2010s?

We hand out awards, including Runner of the Decade, Upset of the Decade, & Program of the Decade. Plus, what were the best single-season teams of the last 10 years?
November 22, 2019

NAU's Starting Lineup Revealed; Coach Mike Smith Praises Lumberjacks' Team-Focused Attitude

NAU is so good that coach Mike Smith had a tough choice to make in figuring out what 7 runners should run NCAAs. We exclusively tell you who made the cut here. "They don't just have four or five very good runners. They seem to have 10," said Mark Wetmore,
November 20, 2019

2019 NCAA XC Men's Team Preview: New Faces, Same Old NAU; Can Colorado Channel the Spirit of '04 and Pull the Upset?

#1 NAU seems poised to become just the third men's team to win 4-straight NCAA XC titles but #2 Colorado has a good team and #4 Stanford has 5 sub-13:50 guys. Can someone pull off a big upset?
October 18, 2019

Edwin Kurgat & Alicia Monson Stamp Themselves as NCAA Title Contenders as NAU Men & Arkansas Women Roll at 2019 Nuttycombe Invite

We break down the biggest regular-season NCAA meet of the season for you. As good as NAU and Arkansas were, the men from the ACC were bad as their top 4 teams all bombed.
September 20, 2019

2019 NCAA Men's XC Preview: #5 Washington Through #1 Northern Arizona

Who is going to win NCAAs? One of these five teams.