HANOVER, Ind. – Despite not turning in their best performances, senior Kyle Powers and junior Tyler Scheibenpflug made Lyndon and the North Atlantic Conference proud at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in Hanover, Ind. Saturday.
Scheibenpflug covered the muddy eight-kilometer course in 26:02 for 119th place overall and was the 21st New England Region runner in – a mere two places better than last week at the NCAA New England Regionals.
Powers, who was off his top form, covered the distance on 26:55 for 234th place. Arguably, he is the only runner in the country to run in the 24-minute time frame this season and qualify for the NCAA Meet as an individual. He claimed he felt his legs just seized up right at the start of the race.
"I'm incredibly proud of both of these two young men," said Lyndon head coach Chris Ummer. "They represent Lyndon with class and great character while being a true student-athlete."
In the meet, the national champion this year was Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College, who finishes only eight places in front of Powers at regionals.