TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Lyndon junior Kyle Powers, senior Josh Grant and Head Coach Chris Ummer landed in Terre Haute, Ind. Thursday afternoon to prepare for the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship Meet to be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.
The road to the championships was not an easy one for the Hornet duo of Powers and Grant. The 2012 season was filled with invitational meets which featured perennial Division III powers Middlebury, Keene State and Brandies.
Through it all, the pair managed to finished in the upper echelon of the cross country elite and qualify for the national championship meet, the first time any runner from Lyndon was able to do so.
At the NCAA Regional Championship a week ago, the Hornet men broke into the top-15 with a 14th team place, the highest ever North Atlantic Conference team to place at the event.
The finish was highlighted by Powers, a resident of Waterford, Vt., who placed ninth in 25:05. Grant, a native of Nashua, N.H., came in 16th in 25:18. For their efforts, both Powers and Grant earned All-New England honors as an invitation to the NCAA National Championship, a pair of firsts for any Lyndon student-athlete as well as any NAC cross country runner.
Grant also became Lyndon's first NCAA All-American by being named to the Division III Academic All-American. In order to do so, Grant need to finish among the first 35 runners at the NCAA Regional and carry a grade-point-average of 3.50.
In a field of over 50 NCAA Division III teams and 364 competitors, Powers and Grant will look to continue their success. The NCAA National Cross Country Championship men's race will be webcasted at 11 a.m. on NCAA.com.