Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's cross country team has been pointing toward the North Atlantic Conference Championship meet all season. This Sunday the Hornets look to capture the program's eighth conference championship since returning to NCAA Division III competition and joining the NAC. Lyndon has won more NAC men's cross country titles than any school in conference history.
Freshman Anthony Pifari (Littleton, NH) has had an outstanding season and looks to lead the Hornets. Pifari has captured NAC Runner of the Week honors once and Rookie of the Week honors twice. Senior Benjamin Cornell (Burrillville, RI) has also had a strong season. Cornell earned All-Conference honors a year ago on the strength of his 13th place finish in the NAC meet.
Veteran head coach Chris Ummer is in his 24th season. Ummer is optimistic heading into the conference championships. "If the men can all run to their potential, they have a shot at the title, but it's got to be a team effort. Anthony, Ben, and Matt are the key though."
The Hornets have been picked to finish 5th in the NAC 2018 pre-meet coaches poll. Maine Maritime Acamdey was picked to take conference honors, followed by the University of Maine at Farmington. The predicted order of finish is:
1. Maine Maritime Academy
2. University of Maine at Farmington
T3. Thomas College
T3. SUNY Canton
5. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon
6. Husson University
7. University of Maine at Presque Isle
8. Northern Vermont University-Johnson
For a complete preview of the 2018 NAC Men's Cross Country Championships click HERE.
The NAC men's championship race will be held on Sunday at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, ME. Race time is set for 12:00 noon.