NAU Quietly THREW IT DOWN In Their Season Opener

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It's usually hard to decipher how good a cross country team can be based on season openers. Various factors such as current training block, pre-planned effort level, and overall lack of fitness this far out from November can influence these "low-key meet" results. However, every few years a team does something out of the ordinary that can garner some attention.

Back in 2014 the Colorado men turned some heads with their season opener at their home meet the Rocky Mountain Shootout. And this year the three-time defending champions have done something similar running four underclassmen into the top-15 all-time course record books.

Notable Highlights:

- Sophomore Ryan Raff broke Matt McElroy's course record by 28 seconds.

- True freshman Drew Bosley ran the exact same time as Futsum did back in 2014 where he went onto finish third at NCAAs.

- Redshirt freshman Abdi Nur ran side-by-side with returning All-American Luis Grijalva.

- Redshirt freshman Brodey Hasty broke 22:30 over 4.5 miles at 7,000 feet.

- Redshirt freshman Theo Quax (not listed below) ran the 26th-fastest mark all-time at 22:48.

- Returning All-Americans Geordie Beamish and Blaise Ferro rested for this meet.

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These fast results, according to coach Mike Smith, were due to the presence of a Japanese university entered in the race. Tokai University's distance group has been training in Flagstaff the past few weeks. And while typically this race goes out in 5:00-5:10 in the opening mile, the competition pushed the opening mile pace to 4:48.

"...we had an interesting battle with Tokai University which was really fun for us," coach Smith said to NAU's athletic department. "The pace was really fast. It made the race a lot harder from the beginning, going at that pace was a tough grueling effort for our guys. It was good training because it was maybe a little harder than what our guys expected."

George Kyte Classic Top 15 Performances (Since 2006)

RNKATHLETEYRTEAMTIMEMILE PACEYEARNCAA FINISH
1Ryan RaffSONAU21:52.04:51.62019TBD
2Ryota Natori-Japan22:10.74:55.72019-
3Akihiro Gunji-Japan22:15.64:56.82019-
4Matt McElroySRNAU22:20.84:58.0201431
5Drew BosleyFRNAU22:21.14:58.02019TBD
6Futsum ZienassellassieJRNAU22:21.14:58.020143
7Cory GlinesFRNAU22:21.34:58.12014DNS
8Caleb HooverSRNAU22:21.54:58.1201436
9Brian Shrader5thNAU22:23.44:58.52014-
10Abdihamid NurFRNAU22:26.04:59.12019TBD
11Luis GrijalvaJRNAU22:26.04:59.12019TBD
12Matt McElroyJRNAU24:45.3*4:59.5201325
13Weston Strum5thNAU22:28.24:59.62014-
14Brodey HastyFRNAU22:29.04:59.82019TBD
15Yuta Suzuki-Japan22:32.65:00.62019-

*2013 was an 8k race as opposed to a 4.5 mile race.

Erriyon Knighton Has Arrived With 200m National Record

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Erriyon Knighton put everyone on notice on Friday. 

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London Marathon To Go Forward As Elite-Only Race On October 4

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NCAA Division II/III Fall Championships Canceled

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Fall sports national championships for NCAA Division II and Division III have been canceled. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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AAU Junior Olympic Games Performance Lists

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The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games begin on Wednesday, August 5th in Brevard County, Florida. Check out the full schedule for the meet here and see the performance list for all events and age groups below.

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Valarie Allman Breaks Discus American Record

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On Saturday, Valarie Allman improved her personal best by three meters in the discus, breaking the American record in the process. Allman’s first round toss of 70.15m in Rathdrum, Idaho bettered Gia Lewis-Smallwood’s 69.17m throw from 2014. 

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Big Friendly 3 Recap: Donavan Brazier Cracks 1:43 Opener

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Organizers Recommend 2021 World XC Championships Be Postponed

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