Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's and women's cross country teams are set to open up their 2019 season on Saturday when they compete in the Charger Invitational, hosted by Colby-Sawyer College. The Hornets will be working towards November's North Atlantic Conference Championship meet, which will take place on the Lyndon trails this season.
On the women's side, defending NAC individual champion Zosia Prince (Sutton, VT) returns and looks to defend her title. She will be joined by two other veterans, Rachel Valentine (Clarksdale, AZ), and Isabelle Tuggle (Norwich, VT).
The men will field a completely new roster in 2019. Freshman Michael Bear (Colchester, VT) and juniors Christopher Chichester (Orleans, VT) and Peter Gilding (St. Johnsbury, VT) have shown good potential in the pre-season.
After four seasons as an assistant, Hayden Bunnell takes over as Lyndon head coach this year. He shared his thoughts. "For this season I am looking for every runner to improve, and for the newcomers to gain more experience at the collegiate level, and to be able to race well at the end of season. We hope we can place well at the NAC meet. Micheal Bear and Chris Chichester look like promising additions to our men's team and I think they could do fairly well at the NAC meet if things go well. On the women's side, I am looking for Zosia Prince to defend her NAC title from last year. And I am looking at Rachel Valentine to have a break out season."
Following Saturday's race, Lyndon will run four more times in preparation for the NAC meet. The Hornets will look to improve upon last season, which saw both the men and the women finish fourth in the conference.