The Men's Cross Country Team Notches 7th NAC Title.
BANGOR, ME - The Hornet XC team, led by junior Ayan Cole (Lyndonville, VT) in 27:45 for fifth overall, cruised to their NAC Championship by a 32 point margin over the hilly and muddy 8K course. The NAC Title was their seventh in eight years and fourth consecutive. Senior Tim LaRoche (South Hadley, MA) set the tempo early for the Hornets with a strong pace over the first half of the course and finished sixth overall in 27:47 with fellow senior Josh Hopmans (Hinsdale, MA) nabbing ninth place overall in a time of 28:06. Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets was the freshman duo Ben Cornell (Burrilville, RI) and Sam Darbey (Tyringham, MA) in times of 28:29 and 28:36 respectively. Cornell's overall finish of twelfth place earned him NAC Rookie of the Year honors. The Hornet's next race is on November 14th at the NCAA New England Regional Championships in New London, CT.
"Obviously this is a very sweet victory," said Coach Ummer. "This team executed the plan to perfection which resulted in them dominating the front end of the race. Without the type of runner that we've had in recent years, one that can win the race, we needed a complete team effort. Our 1-5 runner split of :51 seconds was just what we needed. The work that they put in the last few weeks truly paid off."
[Photo credit: Monty Rand Photography]