Scheibenpflug named NAC Runner of the Year

Scheibenpflug named NAC Runner of the Year

WHITTINGHAM, Vt. - Lyndon senior Tyler Scheibenpflug led the Hornets to the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Men's Cross Country title, while earning the 2014 NAC Runner of the Year honor. The senior, who finished in fifth one season ago (28:58), won the NAC Championship in a time of 25:27, which was 37 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

New England College freshman Korey Hunt completed the eight-kilometer course in 27:27, good enough to place him 11th overall and to earn the 2014 NAC Rookie of the Year.
 
"Tyler is on a different level right now than most of the other runners in New England and certainly the NAC, said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Ummer. "I expect he'll finish off his collegiate career in a big way over the next month."
 
In a vote of the conference coaches, Ummer was honored as conference Coach of the Year for the seventh-straight season after leading the Hornets to their sixth title, while Castleton earned the league's Sportsmanship Award.
 
Scheibenpflug, a Wolcott, Conn. native, has had a standout season for the Hornets. The senior made an impressive showing, as he placed in the top 41 at all of his meets during his senior campaign. Scheibenpflug had two top-two finishes, as he earned medalist honors (25:27) at the 2014 NAC Championship and a runner-up finish (27:41) at the Vermont State Intercollegiate Championship.

As one of the Hornets' top runners, he claimed 23rd (27:08.41) out of 88 runners at the Bowdoin Invitational, 32nd (25:11.20) out of 262 runners at the New England Open, and 41st (27:24.5) out of 235 runners at the Purple Valley Invitational.

Hunt, a Franklin, Mass. native, has made great strides during his freshman campaign. The rookie finished in the top 36 at four of his races this season, highlighted by his 11th-place (27:27) finish at the NAC Championship, which was a career-best 8k time for the freshman.

Hunt ran strong for the Pilgrims in five other races including a 23rd-place finish (29:20) out of 67 runners at the Castleton Invitational, 26th (29:05) out of 127 runners at the Keene State Invitational, 36th (18:18) out of 138 at New England College's Mayflower Kickoff, 76th (28:06.53) out of 388 runners at the James Early Invitational, and 158th (28:39.48) out of 255 runners at the UMass.-Dartmouth Invitational.
 
Ummer's squad was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 title and the Hornets did not disappoint. The veteran head coach lead his team to a first place finish at the NAC Championship for the sixth time after scoring 38 points. Four Lyndon runners placed within the top ten, including the individual winner of the race senior Tyler Scheibenpflug, who crossed the finish line at 25:27.

The Hornets also earned two other top-three finishes, as they placed second at the Vermont State Championships and third at the Bowdoin Invitational this season.

The top seven finishers, plus the medalist at the NAC Championship are honored as All-Conference First Team runners, while the next seven runners are honored as the All-Conference Second Team.

Joining Scheibenpflug on the first team All-Conference were Hornet teammates senior Kenedi Hall (Hartland, Vt.) and junior Timothy LaRoche (South Hadley, Mass.),

"These guys are the perfect example of athletes that work year round at their sport," said Ummer. "They know that is takes the entire off season to reach the level they're at now, so they put in the miles day in and day. They are dedicated to their sport and students of their sport at the same time."

Colby-Sawyer junior Benjamin Bunnell (Barnet, Vt.), senior Hayden Bunnell (Barnet, Vt.), and sophomore Brandon Legendre (Waterford, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington sophomore Auhastin Gatcomb (Wrentham, Mass.), and Johnson State junior Brendan Walsh (Killingworth, Conn.) rounded out the All-NAC First Team.
 
Second team honorees included Hunt, Pilgrim teammate sophomore Scott Shaw (Norfolk, Conn.), Castleton junior Ben Girard (Manchester, Mass.) and freshman Grandon Smith (Newtown, Conn.), UMaine-Farmington freshman Robert Hollis (Auburn, Maine), Lyndon junior Joshua Hopmans (Hinsdale, Mass.), and Maine Maritime freshman Zachary Kinsman (Lebanon, N.H.).

2014 NAC Men's Cross Country All-Conference Teams

First Team

 
 

Benjamin Bunnell          

Junior            

Colby-Sawyer                

Hayden Bunnell 

Senior 

Colby-Sawyer

Austin Gatcomb 

Sophomore 

UMaine-Farmington

Kenedi Hall 

Senior 

Lyndon

Timothy LaRoche 

Junior 

Lyndon

Brandon Legendre  

Sophomore

Colby-Sawyer

Tyler Scheibenpflug 

Senior 

Lyndon

Brendan Walsh 

Junior 

Johnson State

 
 
 

Second Team 

 
 

Ben Girard 

Junior 

Castleton

Robert Hollis 

Freshman 

UMaine-Farmington

Joshua Hopmans 

Junior 

Lyndon

Korey Hunt 

Freshman 

New England College

Zachary Kinsman 

Freshman 

Maine Maritime

Scott Shaw 

Sophomore 

New England College

Grandon Smith 

Freshman 

Castleton


Runner of the Year - Tyler Scheibenpflug, Lyndon
Rookie of the Year - Korey Hunt, New England College
Coach of the Year - Chris Ummer, Lyndon
Team Sportsmanship Award - Castleton