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How to watch the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships 2023?

The Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships 2023 is broadcasting live on ESPN+ and live results are available on Athletic. Northern Arizona is the defending champion for both women and men.

Susan Moore

Northern Arizona runners finished the men's 10k race
Northern Arizona runners finished the men's 10k race. Photo by Courtney Vondracek / NAU Athletics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The No. 1 nationally ranked Northern Arizona University (NAU) Lumberjacks are set to defend their titles at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships in Missoula, Montana. Both the men’s and women’s teams are reigning champions, with the women eyeing their fifth consecutive title and the men their third.

The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 27, starting with the women’s race at 10:00 a.m. MST, followed by the men’s race at 11:00 a.m. MST. Live results is available on Athletic, and a livestream broadcast of the races will be available on ESPN+.

Read more: How to watch the Big Ten Cross Country Championships 2023?

Defending Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships Champions

Both teams enter the championships as the No. 1 team in the country, marking the first time in conference history that two teams from the same school have held this distinction simultaneously. Last year’s individual title winners, Elise Stearns and Nico Young, will also compete.

Stearns has had a standout season, placing within the top-5 in each race she has participated in. Young, despite limited race time this season, impressed in his first race at the Nuttycombe Invitational, helping the men secure their top national ranking.

High Stakes

Should both teams clinch the title, it would mark the 20th time that the Lumberjacks have swept the team titles at the conference championships.

Read more: How to watch the ACC Cross Country Championships 2023 live broadcast?

Stearns and Young’s performances will be particularly scrutinized, given their previous successes and the high expectations that come with being the top-ranked teams in the nation.

The Lumberjacks are not just racing for titles; they’re racing for history. With both teams at the pinnacle of national rankings and individual athletes like Stearns and Young setting the pace, NAU is poised to sweep the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships for the third successive year and seventh time in the last nine seasons.

About The Author

Susan Moore

Susan has been with World-Track since 2004 and continues to play a big part in our growth. She was never a runner, but loves the sport and encouraged all her children to do track. She is a former Examiner reporter and also wrote for several other publications, including ICC and VS Sports.

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