NAU sweeps Big Sky; Campbell, Anderson lead UND
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 10/28/2016
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MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of North Dakota men’s and women’s cross country teams ran into a Northern Arizona juggernaut on Saturday at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championship.

The Lumberjacks swept both titles for the second time in the last three years, including the nation’s top-ranked men’s team that grabbed the top six individual spots and seven of the top nine.

UND’s men’s team placed 11th while the women’s squad finished 12th.

NAU was the first team to place seven runners in the top-10 since doing it at the 2009 meet in Greeley, Colo. The Lumberjacks also picked up their ninth Big Sky title in the past decade and 26th overall. NAU’s Futsum Zienasellassie earned his second career Big Sky XC individual title, finishing the 8,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 58.3 seconds.

On the women’s side, NAU placed its five scorers in the top 16 of the field to win its second women’s title in three seasons. Weber State’s Ellie Child captured first place individually with a 5K time of 17:13.7.

Senior Drew Campbell was the top finisher on the men’s side for the Fighting Hawks, clocking a time of 26:44.7, leading a tight pack of teammates that also included junior Connor Danielson (26:44.7) and senior Cataldo DiDonna (26:47.9).

Sophomore Alyssa Anderson led UND’s women’s squad with a time of 19:18. Senior Lydia Lutz, in her final conference race as a collegian, was next at 19:26.

UND now returns home to prepare for the 2017 NCAA Midwest Region Championship, scheduled for Nov. 11 in Iowa City, Iowa.

UND Men’s Participants
55. Drew Campbell, 26:44.2
56. Connor Danielson 26:44.7
59. Cataldo DiDonna, 26:47.9
70. Scott Kvidera, 27:19.7
77. Kyle Sweeney, 27:32.7
85. Jacob Henne, 28:17.1
87. Dave Hettich, 29:16.7
88. Eddie Kiolbasa, 29:34.0

UND Women’s Participants
53. Alyssa Anderson, 19:18
61. Lydia Lutz, 19:26
70. Larissa Juelich, 19:40
72. Erica Eades, 19:53
73. Janessa Meuleners, 19:57
84. Madison Overby, 20:32
86. Amanda Larson, 20:35

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