Lyndon teams, athlete earn USTFCCCA honors

Lyndon teams, athlete earn USTFCCCA honors

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – For the fourth time in the past five years, the Lyndon men's and women's cross country teams have earned the distinction of winning a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) All-Academic Team Award.

Under the direction of Head Coach Chris Ummer, Lyndon was one of 152 men's programs, and 211 women's teams, to receive the honor that is given to a cross country team that has a cumulative team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.10 through the 2014 fall semester.

The Hornets women's program earned a team GPA of 3.38 while the men had a mark of 3.17. Lyndon is the lone North Atlantic Conference member to be named to both the men's and women's USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

"These teams model the Division III student-athlete," said Ummer. "Year-round they excel on the race course and in the classroom. I'm quite proud that over the last five years these two teams have achieved this honor four times."

Also receiving USTFCCCA All-Academic honors was senior Kenedi Hall of the Lyndon men's cross country team. The Psychology and Human Services major was one of 26 men and 325 women in Division III to earn the award. Honorees must carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 and have finished in the top 25 percent of finishers at regionals.

"This achievement is something that means a lot to Kenedi," said Ummer. "He'll be the first one to tell you that academics do not come easy to him. He's had to work hard to achieve this honor, both academically and athletically. He truly embodies the Division III student-athlete philosophy with a balance between athletics and academics, as well as his involvement in the Lyndon community and its Year of Social Justice."

Student-athlete receiving this honor were chosen from 100 men's and 124 women's programs.