WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Lyndon men's cross country team notched their third consecutive top-16 finish in as many years in a field of 52 teams competing at the 2014 NCAA Regional Championship Meet hosted by Williams College.
The Hornets placed in front of many perennially strong teams from New England such as Bridgewater State, Babson, the University of New England, Wheaton, UMass-Dartmouth and Southern Maine.
Senior Tyler Scheibenpflug (Wolcott, Conn.) led the way for the Hornets by placing 15thoverall, in a field of 371 runners, with a time of 25:45 over the eight-kilometer course. Scheibenpflug's finish qualified him for a second-straight berth in the NCAA National Championships, to be held in Mason, Ohio on Saturday Nov. 22nd.
Scheibenpflug was followed by fellow senior Kenedi Hall (Hartland, Vt.) in 73rdplace with a time of 27:01. Juniors Tim Laroche (South Hadley, Mass.) and Josh Hopmans (Hinsdale, Mass.) took 108th and 119th place in times of 27:33 and 27:40, respectively. Sophomore Ayan Cole (Lyndonville, Vt.) was 227th on the day in 29:29.
"The team ran very well and I'm very pleased with their efforts," said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Ummer. "Tyler though, once again, ran exceptionally well, but left something in the tank for next weekend. This is the third consecutive year that we've qualified at least one runner for Nationals. Sure the powerhouse programs like Williams, MIT and Middlebury do it every year, but few do it beyond the NESCAC schools. Qualifying as a student-athlete from Lyndon is a nice feather in Tyler's cap."