Farmington, ME - The Lyndon State College women's cross country team nabbed fifth place out of 11 teams at the North Atlantic Conference Championships hosted today by the University of Maine at Farmington. The Hornets were led by senior standout Sierra Hargrave (St. Johnsbury, VT) with a 12th place individual finish in a time of 22:01 over the hilly course. Hargrave was followed by junior Alesha Donovan (Northwood, NH), who finished in 33rd place with a time of 24:07 and freshman Rachel Valentine (Clarksdale, AZ) in 39th place with a time of 24:35. Completing the scoring were senior Elizabeth Start (Randolph, VT) in 45th place and sophomore Isabelle Tuggle (Norwich, VT) in 57th place. There were a total of 95 women in the race. Colby-Sawyer College won their fourth consecutive NAC women's title.
"Without a doubt the women performed at their best as a team today" stated Hornet Coach Chris Ummer. "With a number of women sidelined with either illness (Ashley Darrell) or injury (Rachal Peatman) we had others step-up and fill the roles of those missing teammates. It showed a real commitment to the team's goals and each other. It's situations like this that coaches appreciate the most. Individually I'm very happy for Sierra. While she didn't have her best race, she took the iniative to lead the race and push the pace. Efforts like that will only make her stronger and wiser for the NCAA Regionals."
The next women's race will be on November 11th at the NCAA Regional Championship, hosted by the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, ME. Start time will be 12:00 pm.