One of the best cross country coaches in America is staying in Flagstaff. NAU agreed to a five-year contract extension with Cross County and Track and Field Coach Mike Smith. NAU vice president of intercollegiate athletics Mike Marlow made the announcement Thursday. The new deal will increase the salary pool for assistant coaches, as well as separate bonuses for championships at the conference level for both cross country and Track and Field. NAU is coming off two-straight men’s cross country national championships and they are aiming for a third. The cross country team begins their season at home Saturday at the George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park.