WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Hornet harriers notched a number of firsst at the NCAA Regional Championship. The men's team broke in the top-15 with a 14th team place, the highest ever North Atlantic Conference team to place at the event.
The team finish was topped by two Hornets finishing in the top-20. Kyle Powers (Waterford, Vt.) placed ninth in 25:05 and Josh Grant (Nashua, N.H.) came in 16th in 25:18. Both Powers and Grant earned All-New England honors as well as advanced to the NCAA National Championship, a first for any Lyndon student-athlete as well as any NAC cross country runner.
In addition, Grant becomes the first NCAA All-American by being named an Academic All-American. Finishing third for the men was sophomore Tyler Scheibenpflug (Wolcott, N.H.) in 65th in a time of 26:20. Freshman Ben Lewis (Bryant Pond, Maine) was fourth on the day for Lyndon at 27:59 in 157th and junior Joe Kill (Bethel, Vt.) was 158th in 28:00.
Powers, Grant, Lewis and Kill all had personals. In a field of over 50 NCAA Division III teams and 364 competitors, the men continue to improve. The NCAA National Cross Country Championship will be held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 17th with the men's race beginning at 11 a.m.
"The team as a whole ran very well today," said Head Coach Chris Ummer. "But Kyle and Josh were outstanding. They had stellar performances to finish were they did. Kyle actually led the race for the first three miles before he was over taken, quite a bold move and a sign of things to come I think."