In the Student Spotlight: Jan. 24, 2020

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  • Men’s track/cross country runner Geordie Beamish was named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Week by the Big Sky Conference. He is the defending national champion in the men’s indoor mile at the NCAA Division I level. His 2020 opening race time was 4:07.15 at 7,000 feet, which converted to a time of 3:58.17 as the third-best men’s mile in the country, according to Track & Field Results Reporting System.
  • Freshman runner Corey Gorgas won the men’s title at the U.S.A. Track & Field Cross Country Championships and is eligible for Team USATF at the Pan American Cross Country Championships in Canada. After not having raced for more than a year, he finished the Junior Men’s 8K race with a time of 25:44.8.
  • Senior Chiara Tomasetti was named Big Sky Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the eighth Player of the Week honor in her career. She won the Lumberjacks’ dual match opener, 6-2 and 6-1. She is ranked No. 57 nationally.
  • Four NAU football players earned Phil Steele FCS All-American Honors: junior placekicker Luis Aguilar (First Team), junior punter DJ Arnson (Third Team), senior quarterback Case Cookus (Fourth Team) and freshman wide receiver Hendrix Johnson (Freshman All-American Second Team). Phil Steele’s Big Sky All-Conference Team included nine Lumberjacks: Aguilar, Arnson, Cookus, Khalil Dorsey, Brandon Porter, Stacy Chukwumezie, Cole Habib, Joe Logan and Justin Hathoot.
  • Several students represented the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Hawaii.
    • Brittany Harvison and Jacob Hyden presented posters on the Agnia and Massalia asteroid families. Their work was under the direction of assistant professor Cristina Thomas.
    • Within Ty Robinson’s HABLab, doctoral student Amber Young presented a poster on work related to the available atmospheric Gibbs free energy as a biosignature. Doctoral student Will Oldroyd presented work on designing a technique to efficiently schedule observations for the astrometric determination of orbits for directly imaged exoplanets.
    • Doctoral students Erin Aadland and Catherine Clark along with undergraduate student Cody Huls also presented at the meeting.