Lyndon men three-peat as NAC champs

CASTINE, Maine – The Lyndon men won their third consecutive men's cross country title at the North Atlantic Conference Cross Country Championship Meet held in snowy, frigid conditions at Maine Maritime Academy.

"Perhaps the most remarkable thing that happened today is that we had quite a few runners with personal records," said Lyndon head coach Chris Ummer. "The guys were mentally and physically prepared to compete. They were focused and did all the right things this week to get ready. Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, snow squalls and a course that was mostly covered with snow; the weather didn't appear to affect them."

The Hornets took home the team title with a score of 22, and had six of the top-eight runners in the meet. Taking home the medalist honors in the race was Maine Maritime's Matthew Methot with a time of 26:14.62. Methot earned the NAC Runner of the Year honors with the victory.

Finishing second in the race was Lyndon's Joshua Grant in a time of 26:46.35. Teammate Michael Farmer (27:18.49) placed third while Hornets' freshman Kenedi Hall placed fourth in 27:25.96 to walk off with NAC Rookie of the Year honors. Castleton's Isaac French rounded out the top-five with a time of 27:53.40.

"Our men ran their best team performance of the year," said Ummer. "To have six runners to make first-team all-conference shows they were truly dominant today - more than any other team in the past. Mike Farmer ran exceptionally well. He's been our wild card all year. He ran an outstanding race and has the potential to do so every week. Today was his day to shine."

For Lyndon, Wildens Fils placed sixth with a mark of 28:03.24, Dylan MacNevin came in seventh in 28:07.03 and Craig Johnson crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 28:12.82. All three received First-Team All-NAC honors along with Grant, Farmer and Hall.

With the victory, the Hornets will now advance to the NCAA Regional Meet to be held in Williamstown, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 13. Lyndon will tune-up for the competition on Saturday, Nov. 6 when it takes part in the ECAC Championships in Bristol, R.I.

A starting time each meet has yet to be determined.

NAC Men's Cross Country Championships
Team Scores
Lyndon (22)
Maine Maritime (67)
Castleton (70)
Farmington (70)
Johnson State (153)
Green Mountain (174)
Thomas (187)

Individual Results
1. Matthew Methot  Maine Maritime  26:14.62
2. Joshua Grant  Lyndon   26:46.35
3. Michael Farmer  Lyndon   27:18.49
4. Kenedi Hall  Lyndon   27:25.96
5. Isaac French  Castleton   27:53.40
6. Wildens Fills  Lyndon   28:03.24
7. Dylan MacNevin  Lyndon   28:07.03
8. Craig Johnson  Lyndon   28:12.82
9. Nohea King  Castleton   28:33.07
10. Jackson Fortin  Farmington   28:45.06
  
18. Ethan Fontneau  Lyndon   29:44.55
24.  Patrick Kelsey  Lyndon   30:08.38
25. Joseph Lee Kill  Lyndon   30:24.63
26. Michael Muccilli  Lyndon   30:40.56
28. James Bielli   Lyndon   30:58.02
36. Matt Carter  Lyndon   31:38.44
43. Jackson Mowry  Lyndon   33:35.94
45.  Jeremiah Bouchard  Lyndon   33:49.80
46. Jake Carlton  Lyndon   33:54.88
49. Torrance Gaucher  Lyndon   34:11.52