Hornets close out season at NCAA Regional Championship
BRUNSWICK, Me. – The Hornet harriers closed out their season in fine fashion at the NCAA Regional Championship. Nine personal records were notched between both teams with junior captain Josh Grant (Nashua, N.H.) leading the way with a time of 25:40 over the men's eight-kilometer course.
The men's team ran well enough to take 22nd place overall and, more importantly, redeem their NAC title loss by besting 2011 NAC Champion New England College, who finished 23rd.
Grant finished 45th overall after leading the race for the first mile. Grant was followed by freshman Tyler Scheibenplug (Wolcott, Conn.) who finished 139th in 27:27 (PR), and senior captain Craig Johnson (North Kingstown, R.I.) crossed the finish line in 27:43, a personal record, for 151st place.
Running as the Hornet's fourth man on the day was junior Jimmy Beili (Gloversville, N.Y.) in 165th place with a personal time of 27:54 while senior captain Wildens Fils (Stamford, Conn.) ran close behind for 168th place in 27:57 (PR).
Junior Joe Kill (Randolph, Vt.) also notched a personal record time of 28:19 for 187th place. Sophomore Kenedi Hall (Hartland, Vt.) ran the majority of the championship with only one shoe and managed a time of 28:06. In a field of over 51 NCAA Division III teams and 321 competitors, the men continue to improve.
"The leadership and character of Craig and Wildens will be sorely missed," said Lyndon head coach Chris Ummer. "It was only fitting that these two closed out their collegiate careers with personal best performances."
In the women's race, the Hornets ran to a 44th team place finish (56 team in total), but three places in front of conference rival Castleton State, who placed 47th. The ladies were paced by senior Allynne O'Hearn (Pelham, N.H.) who covered the six-kilometer course in 25:02 (PR).
Junior Cassie Tricou (New Haven, Vt.), who ran second for the Hornets on the day, recorded a 25:32 (PR), while sophomore Ani Pytlewski (Putney, Vt.) notched a 26:05 (PR).
Junior Leah Morgan (Milton, Vt.) completed the course in 27:54 while senior Holly Reed (Essex, Vt.), running fifth for the Hornets on the day, had excellent race as she closed out her collegiate career.
"It's been such a pleasure to coach both Allynne and Holly," said ummer. "Student-athletes like these two make coaching worthwhile and hugely rewarding. They epitomize teamwork, being a team player, sportsmanship, and hard work."
Men's Race Results
Josh Grant 45th 25:40
Tyler Scheibenplug 139th 27:27
Craig Johnson 151st 27:43
Jimmy Beili 165th 27:54
Wildens Fils 168th 27:57
Joe Kill 175th 28:06
Kenedi Hall 187th 28:19
Women's Individual Results
Allynne O'Hearn 183rd 25:02
Cassie Tricou 210th 25:32
Ani Pytlewski 239th 26:05
Leah Morgan 301st 27:54
Holly Reed 323rd 29:50