In the Student Spotlight: Sept. 27, 2019

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  • The men’s cross country team ranked No. 1 for the 24th consecutive week in the national poll conducted by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Another week at the top would break the record for the longest streak atop the USTFCCCA poll in the modern–era.
  • The women’s cross country team ranked No. 25, breaking into the top-30 for the first time since week six of the 2018 season and No. 3 in the Mountain Region, according to the USTFCCCA poll. They return to the course Oct. 18 for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin.
  • Men’s cross country athlete Luis Grijalva was named the Big Sky Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week. He placed third in the men’s 8K race with a time of 23-minutes, 58-seconds, helping lead the Lumberjacks to a first-place finish against Stanford.
  • Civil engineering students Jordan Phelps, Jacob Schaniel and Christian Soutus were awarded third place in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Big Beam competition. Participants, which includes students and faculty advisers, were asked to design, build and test at 22-foot, precast concrete beam and then submit a video to PCI for review. The PCI strategic plan calls for developing the programs that produce professionals in engineering fields.
  • Junior Naimh McDonagh and freshman Haley Mayhew tied for first in the 24th annual pentathlon. The two athletes tied for first in both total points (3,170) and time in the first 200-meter individual medley (2-minutes, 24-seconds). This marks the first time in 24 years that there has been a tie recorded for first place.
  • Recent graduate Morgan Andrews won the award for best poster in the applied research category at the annual national meeting for Freshwater Science in Salt Lake City, Utah, in May. Andrews started researching her junior year and has worked hard to gain her scientists credentials. She is now an intern with the United States Geological Survey working on salmon population health.
  • Senior strategic communication merchandising major Emma Hayden was sponsored by NAU’s Trademark and Licensing Department to attend New York Fashion Week. Hayden was joined by other university students in networking with industry leaders, mock job interviews and shadowing. Witness her journey on Instagram