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Hornet Men NAC Champions Again

HENNIKER, N.H. -- The Lyndon men's cross country team notched its fourth North Atlantic Conference title in five years, taking the top three spots on their way to a winning team score of 23.

Kyle Powers set the NAC Championship meet record, covering the 8K course in 25 minutes, 35 seconds for the overall win. Powers was followed closely by senior standout and runner-up Josh Grant (25:59), and sophomore Tyler Scheibenpflug (third place, 26:31). Senior Jimmy Bielli was eighth for the Hornets in 28:04 while junior Joe Kill completed the LSC scoring with a ninth-place finish in a time of 28:22. The Hornets placed six men in the top 13.

"Kyle, Josh, and Tyler were brilliant today," said LSC coach Chris Ummer. "They each put in an outstanding effort in preparation for the NCAA Regionals in two weeks. While it was a goal to take back the NAC title, this race is really a stepping stone for the regional meet."

Colby Sawyer's Hayden Bunnell, a St. Johnsbury Academy graduate, was fifth overall. He led his team to a second place team finish with 70 points.

Led by senior Cassie Tricou, the Lyndon women's team battled to a seventh-place finish. Tricou covered the 5K course in a personal record of 20:39 while placing seventh. Tricou was followed by sophomore Ainsley Nettell, who also ran a personal best (22:47) and placed 18th. The top five Hornet were senior Leah Morgan (24:36), sophomore Haley Joslyn (25:04) and junior Meagan Swahn (25:53).

"It was nice to see the ladies run their best 5K race of the year," Ummer said. "If there's a time to do it, it's at the conference championships and that's what they did. I'm very proud of the way they've developed this year. With only two team members with former collegiate cross country experience this year, they've really made a statement about what a solid training program can do for someone."

The Hornets next race at the ECAC Championships on Nov. 3 in Williamstown, Mass.

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