Powers named NAC Runner of the Year

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Fresh off its fourth North Atlantic Conference title in the past five years, the Lyndon men's cross country team continued to shine Tuesday with six selections to the 2012 All-NAC Team.

Kyle Powers put the finishing touches on an outstanding junior season, leading Lyndon to NAC title and earning Runner of the Year honors in the process. Powers, who won the NAC Championship in a time of 25:35, edged out teammate and 2009 Runner of the Year Josh Grant.

New England College first-year runner Logan Hatch came in seventh place in 28 minutes to earn Rookie of the Year honors as the top finishing rookie.

In a vote of the conference coaches, Lyndon head coach Chris Ummer was honored as conference Coach of the Year for the fifth-straight season after leading the Hornets to their fourth title in five seasons.

First-year head coach Chris Wood led Husson University to the Team Sportsmanship Award in a vote of the conference coaches in their first season of competition.

The top seven finishers, plus the medalist at the NAC Championship are honored as All-Conference First Team runners, while the next seven runners are honored as All-Conference Second Team runners.

On the women's side, Husson University's Alecia Palmer ran to a first place finish in 19:32 at the recent NAC Championship, earning Runner of the Year Honors. An all-conference first team member a season ago, Palmer put the finishing touches on a stellar sophomore campaign that saw her earn NAC Runner of the Week honors three times during the season.

New England College first-year runner Rachel Orlando finished second with a time of 19:45 earning Rookie of the Year honors as the top finishing rookie. Orlando enjoyed a stellar freshman season in which she was twice named NAC Rookie of the Week.

Lyndon senior Cassie Tricou closed out her career with her third All-NAC First Team selection in the past four years.

In a vote of the conference coaches, Husson first-year head coach Chris Wood was honored as conference Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to the conference crown.

Husson was also awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award in a vote of the conference coaches for a second-straight season.

Men's Awards

All-NAC First Team

Kyle Powers

Lyndon

Josh Grant

Lyndon

Tyler Scheibenpflug

Lyndon

Hayden Bunnell

Colby-Sawyer

Forrest Teutsch

Green Mountain

Nohea King

Castleton

Logan Hatch

New England College

Jimmy Bielli

Lyndon

All-NAC Second Team

Joseph Kill

Lyndon

Jackson Fortin

UMaine-Farmington

Bobby Hoffman

Colby-Sawyer

Jonathan Murray

Colby-Sawyer

Ben Lewis

Lyndon

Chris Bergen

Green Mountain

Will Janakis

Thomas

Runner of the Year

Kyle Powers, Jr.

Lyndon

Rookie of the Year

Logan Hatch, Fr.

New England College

Coach of the Year

Chris Ummer

Lyndon

Team Sportsmanship Award

Husson University

Women's Awards

All-NAC First Team

Alecia Palmer

Husson

Rachel Orlando

New England College

Brianne Dunn

Colby-Sawyer

Emily Urquhart

Colby-Sawyer

Molly Frankinburger

Husson

Kateri Jeffery

Husson

Cassie Tricou

Lyndon

Theresa Martin

Husson

All-NAC Second Team

Mariah Eilers

Castleton

Emily Davis

Colby-Sawyer

Caila Walker

Colby-Sawyer

Salena Sykes

UMaine-Farmington

Farren Welzel

UMaine-Farmington

Dakota Vantine

Green Mountain

Jill Porter

Johnson State

Runner of the Year

Alecia Palmer, So.

Husson

Rookie of the Year

Rachel Orlando, Fr.

New England College

Coach of the Year

Chris Wood

Husson University

Team Sportsmanship Award

Husson University

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