Lyndonville, VT - On Saturday afternoon Northern Vermont University-Lyndon hosted the Vermont State Collegiate Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2012. The Hornets finished fourth in the eight team field. Middlebury College produced the top six individual finishers en route to the team championship. St. Michael's College and Norwich University finished second and third respectively.
Lyndon freshman Anthony Pifari (Littleton, NH) and senior Benjamin Cornell (Burrillville, RI) paced the Hornets by finishing in eighth and 13th places. Pifari held the early lead in the race and completed the 8K course in 30:36.0. Cornell ran a time of 31:44.0. Matt Francis (Freeport, ME), Alexander Frei (Georgia, VT), and Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) were Lyndon's other scoring runners, finishing 22nd, 31st, and 32nd respectively.
Middlebury's Ben Hill took meet honors with a time of 29:39.2. The Panthers posted a perfect score of 15, as Quin McGaugh, Noah Whiting, Nick Hill, and Liam Hoagland rounded out the top five.
Lyndon head coach Chris Ummer had this to say about his team's performance: "The men's team ran particularly well today. Tony, Ben, and Matt ran their best races of the season thus far. Newcomer Zak Johnson ran exceptional today. Tony really set the pace for the entire race by going out aggressively and leading to the first two miles. It was nice to best Castleton at the state championship. It's been about three years since we've done that."
The Hornets will be off next weekend, before traveling to the Western New England University Invitational in Springfield, MA on October 13th. The men's race will begin that day at 11:15 am.