LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Matching the pre-championship coaches poll prediction, the Husson men's cross country squad took a fourth-place finish at the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship hosted by Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Saturday morning. Seeing one runner break top-five, All-NAC First Team Joel Bond cruised in as the fifth person to cross the finish line with a time of 30:12.8 to help lead the Eagles to a team score of 108.
SUNY Delhi snatched the 2019 NAC Men's Cross Country Championship victory with a team score of 25, led by individual champion Aiden Berlinski. Berlinksi topped the field of 87 runners with a winning time of 28:51.4 over the 8K course, followed by Broncos teammate Abshir Yerow (29:09.3). John Hassett of Maine Maritime came in closely behind Yerow with a time of 29:10.9, and led the Mariners to a second-place finish with 69 points.
Thomas College finished third with a score of 100, Husson finished fourth with 108 points, and UMaine-Farmington tallied 141 points for fifth place.
SUNY Canton earned 145 points and and sixth place, and UMaine-Presque Isle earned 160 points for a seventh-place finish. Northern Vermont-Lyndon (193) and Northern Vermont-Johnson (255) completed the field in eighth and ninth place, respectively.
Two more Eagles completed a top-25 race in Vermont, as both Zach Hartman and Voldivain Mboma stepped in for times nearly a minute apart, with Hartman at the 32:08.8 (16th) mark and Mboma hitting 33:17.2 (22nd).
Sophomore Reece Rodrigue and senior Patrick Welch wrapped up scoring for Husson in the 8K competition, as Rodrigue sprinted to the finish line in 28th place for a time of 33:48.5. Welch notched a 35:20.1 course time to take 37th out of 87 total competitors.
The top fifteen runners receive All-Conference honors, with the top eight on the First Team and the next seven runners on the Second Team. Complete All-Conference honors will be announced on Wednesday, November 6th.
The Husson men will prepare for one final competition of the 2019 season when they travel to Bowdoin College for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday, November 16th.