Running With The Lumberjacks: Matt Baxter's Diary Of The '17 NCAA XC Season

Image of Sport

What does it take to win an NCAA Division I team cross country title?

Northern Arizona's Matt Baxter said on this week's On The Run podcast that he felt slightly disappointed after the Lumberjacks' 2016 win that the highs and lows of the season — everything that got those seven men to the top of the podium in Terre Haute — were never recorded, and the memories lost as time went on. 

Ahead of the 2017 season, then, the native New Zealander decided to keep a diary of every practice and race to record how things truly happened. 

He went on to place runner-up at the 2017 NCAA XC Championships in Louisville to Justyn Knight of Syracuse and led NAU to a dominant 74-point victory, the school's second national title in any sport.

You can read his full account below, titled "Back to Back: A Season with the NAU Men's Cross Country Team." 

You can also view the piece here.

Watch the 2017 NCAA DI XC Championships men's 10K below:

2017 DI NCAA XC Championship Men's 10k



USA Outdoor Champs: Confidence Picks Featuring Iowans Returning to Iowa

When it comes to Championship events, anything can happen. Just last year, we saw Sara Vaughn drop a 61-second last lap to make her first-ever world team, Robby Andrews kick down Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz, and Ryan Crouser throw a shot farther than any human ever since 2003.

Sure, there isn't a world team to make this year, but there is plenty on the line in Des Moines. These are the things we are most confident about.

USATF Men's Sprint Preview: Michael Norman's Encore

Kirby Lee/USA Today
2018 USATF Outdoor Championships Preview Show

The USATF Outdoor Championships kick off on Thursday from Des Moines, Iowa. This is the fourth in a series of previews outlining the biggest names and storylines to watch. 

Who Should Win The 2018 Bowerman?

Travis Miller

20 NCAA athletes are in the running for the prestigious Bowerman Award. Below is a chart to compare the 2017-18 stats of each athlete against each other. Who do you think deserves the Bowerman?

FloTrack's USATF Championships Predictions

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
2018 USATF Outdoor Championships Preview Show

FloTrack makes their picks for the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships

USATF Women's Sprint Preview: Watch Out For The College Kids

© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The sprint and hurdle events at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships represent a changing of the guard as many top-ranked veterans are opting to skip the event entirely to rehabilitate injuries, or simply prep for the European summer circuit. Expect Des Moines to produce a slew of fresh-faced champions, many of whom we predict will be showing out straight from the college ranks. 

USATF Men's Distance Preview: Don't Tell This 800m Field It's An Off Year

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s acknowledge something up top. U.S. championships in a non-World Championship/Olympic years aren’t the same. 

Maurica & Andy Powell To Leave Oregon For University of Washington

The University of Washington announced today that Maurica Powell and Andy Powell are joining the staff after 13 years at the University of Oregon.

Caster Semenya Is Taking The IAAF To Court

Kirby Lee/USA Today

South African middle-distance star Caster Semenya said Monday that she will challenge the new IAAF rules regarding testosterone regulations.

USATF Women's Distance Preview: All The Big Names Will Be In Des Moines

© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There may not be an Olympic Games or World Championships this summer, but there is still a USATF Championship to be contested—which means we get an interesting twist in terms of athletes dabbling in new events, doubling in multiple races, or, inevitably, scratching from the competition mid-meet (cross your fingers we don't get too many of those). 

Katelyn Tuohy Breaks National High School Record For Outdoor Mile In 4:33

Photo Run
Katelyn Tuohy After 4:33 National High School Mile Record

North Rockland High School sophomore Katelyn Tuohy shattered the national high school record for the outdoor mile in 4:33.87 at New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, North Carolina.