Lyndon harriers, coach earn All-NAC honors

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Eight members of the Lyndon men's cross country teams, and two runners in the women's program, have been honored by the North Atlantic Conference for their efforts throughout the 2011 season.

Michael Farmer, a senior Pre-Professional Athletic Training major from Colchester, Vt., and Tyler Scheibenpflug, a freshman from Wolcott, Conn. who is studying Atmospheric Sciences, were named to the All-NAC First Team by virtue of their top-eight finishes at the 2011 NAC Championship Meet held Sunday on the Lyndon campus.

Earning All-NAC honors from Lyndon were junior Josh Grant of Nashua, N.H., junior Joe Kill from Randolph, Vt. and junior Jimmy Bielli of Gloversville, N.Y. Joining them on the squad were senior Wildens Fils of Stamford, Conn., sophomore Kenedi Hall of Hartland, Vt. and senior Craig Johnson of North Kingstown, R.I.

New England College's Antoine Gisore topped the field of 81 runners at the recent NAC Championships with a time of 28:27.9 to lead the Pilgrims to the overall team victory. In doing so, he earned Runner of the Year honors.Colby-Sawyer first-year runner Hayden Bunnell finished second with a time of 29:49.3 earning 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 fourth-straight season after leading the Hornets to second place at the championship.

Lyndon also walked off with the Team Sportsmanship Award.

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.

In the women's race, Salena Sykes, of the University of Maine at Farmington, ran to a first place finish in 22:21.0, earning Runner of the Year Honors. Colby-Sawyer first-year runner Caila Walker finished second with a time of 22:34.5 earning Rookie of the Year honors as the top finishing rookie.

For Lyndon, Allynne O'Hearn, an Elementary Education major from Pelham, N.H., Cassie Tricou, an Early Childhood Education major from New Haven, Vt. and Ani Pytlewski, a resident of Putney, Vt. who is studying Mountain Recreation Management, were named to the All-NAC Second team by finishing ninth, 11th and 14th, respectively.

Husson head coach Jim Karcanes was honored as conference Coach of the Year for the second-straight season after leading the Eagles to the conference crown and Husson was also awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award.