CASTLETON, Vt. - The Lyndon men's cross country team notched their third consecutive North Atlantic Conference title, and sixth in seven years, in a closely-contested race Sunday with Colby-Sawyer.
"This was definitely a team effort," said Hornet Head Coach Chris Ummer. "Tyler ran exceptionally well, but Josh and Devin also had strong races, not only helping to secure the win, but they both also notching personal records. While the team's focus was still on the NCAA Regional Championships in two weeks they also wanted to retain their NAC title against a much-improved Colby-Sawyer team. They gave us all we could handle. They battled with us the entire eight kilometers. I tip my hat to them."
The Hornets scored 38 points, a mere 11 points ahead of Colby-Sawyer's 49 points. Senior Tyler Scheibenpflug (Wolcott, Conn.) led the way for the Hornets by winning the overall title in a time of 25:27 over the 8k course. Scheibenpflug set a meet and course record while becoming the fifth Hornet runner to win an individual NAC Title.
Scheibenpflug was followed by fellow senior Kenedi Hall (Hartland, Vt.) in fourth place in a time of 26:29. Juniors Tim LaRoche (South Hadley, Mass.) and Josh Hopmans (Hinsdale, Mass.) nabbed sixth and ninth place in times of 26:57 and 27:16, respectively.
Sophomore Devin Low (Centerville, Mass.) was 18th on the day in 28:08, while junior Dylan Robichaud (Orange, Mass.) was 31st in a time of 29:14. There were 104 competitors in the race.
Colby-Sawyer sophomore Brandon Legendre finished 37 ticks behind Scheibenpflug with a time of 26:04, while Charger teammate senior Hayden Bunnell, finished third with a time of 26:17. Charger junior Ben Bunnell finished with a time of 26:44 for fifth place.
Rounding out the top-10 runners were University of Maine at Farmington sophomore Austin Gatcomb (27:11), Johnson State junior Brendan Walsh (27:15), and Castleton junior Ben Girard (27:24).
Lyndon's next race is Saturday, Nov. 15 at the NCAA New England Championships. The event will be hosted by Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.