MASON, Ohio. – Tyler Scheibenpflug, a senior runner with the Lyndon men's cross country team, ran to a 42nd-place finish Saturday at the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet held at the The Golf Center at King's Island.
"I went out at a pace that was fast for me, but as it turned out it wasn't fast enough," said Scheibenpflug. "When I got to the one-mile mark, I was in about 60th place, but I still felt comfortable. I took one-to-two minutes to recover then I stared making my surge in the middle of the race.
"As I started passing other runners, I knew I was close to getting consideration for the All-American team, but in the last half-mile the speed of the race caught up to me," he continued. "I knew I was in a good spot to finish in the top-50 after coming over the top of the last hill and I was pretty happy with my finish, which is the fastest in the history of the school.
Scheibenpflug ran to a time of 24:46.7 in a field of 280 runners from across the country. He bettered his time of a year ago, when he finished the event in 119th-place in 26:02. Had Scheibenpflug finished in the top-35, he would have been named to the 2014 Division III All-American Team.
"He ran the perfect race," said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Ummer. "He stayed focused throughout the weekend and I think being here last year was a benefit to him. He stuck to his game plan and everything worked out. I am very happy for him. He represented New England, the North Atlantic Conference and Lyndon State well at the highest level you can. By far, this is the best finish at a national meet Lyndon has ever had."