Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's and women's cross country team will reach the focal point of their season on Saturday when they compete for the North Atlantic Conference Championship. The Lyndon Cross Country Trail will play host to the meet for the first time since 2011. The men's 8K championship race will kick off the day when it goes off at 11:00 am. The women's 5K championship will follow at 12:00 noon. An awards ceremony to recognize team and individual champions, along with the All-Conference Teams, will take place at 1:00 pm to conclude the day.
The Hornet men are expected to be led by junior Christopher Chichester (Orleans, VT). Chichester, in his first season of intercollegiate competition, has been among the top newcomers in the conference all fall. He has a second place finish at the Vermont State Championships and a third place finish at the NVU-Lyndon Invitational among his accomplishments. In his last outing he established a personal best at the Western New England Invitational on October 19th.
Freshman Michael Bear (Colchester, VT) and junior Peter Gilding (St. Johnsbury, VT) have steadily improved over the season. Both posted personal bests at Western New England. A pair of freshmen, Joseph Gonzalez-Lyons (Plattsburgh, NY) and Matthew Sheridan (Groveport, OH) are also expeted to be scoring runners for the Hornets.
The NAC coaches have picked the Hornet men to finish 8th in Saturday's race. The predicted order of finish is:
1. SUNY Delhi
2. Maine Maritime Academy
3. Thomas College
4. Husson University
5. SUNY Canton
T6. UMaine-Presque Isle
For a full preview of Saturday's NAC Men's Championship click HERE.
On the women's side, Lyndon sophomore Zosia Prince (Sutton, VT) will be looking to defend her NAC Individual Championship. Prince, the 2018 NAC Runner and Rookie of the Year, served notice early on that she would be a strong contender to defend her title when she ran away from the field to take first place at the NVU-Lyndon Invitational. She has again been among the top runners in the conference, as evidenced by her three Runner of the Week selections this fall.
Junior Rachel Valentine (Clarksdale, AZ) and senior Isabelle Tuggle (Norwich, VT) are both poised for strong finishes. Both set personal bests at Western New England, and Valentine posted a top ten finish at the NVU-Invite. Freshman Shelby Benton (Sutton, VT), sophomore Rebekah Delgado (Jersey City, NJ), and senior Ro Ze Yar (Winooski, VT) are among the other runners who have a chance to score for the Hornets.
The NAC coaches picked the Hornet women to finish seventh on Saturday. The predicted order of finish is:
1. SUNY Delhi
2. Husson University
4. UMaine-Presque Isle
T5. SUNY Canton
T5. Maine Maritime Academy
For a full preview of Saturday's NAC Women's Championship click HERE.
Lyndon head coach Hayden Bunnell is looking for some strong performances in both the men's and women's races. "I would like for both sides get in the top six in the NAC considering what we have right now. I'm looking for Zosia to repeat this year and Rachel to finish within the top 15 and Izzy top 25. For men, looking for Chris to get in the top eight, Mike top 20 - hopefully top 15, and Peter in the top 40."