College roundup: Prince steady, Fenoff shines in Maine

Former NEK standouts were on hand for Saturday's UNE Invitational. From left are Hayden Bunnell, Riley Fenoff, Dage Minors and Robert Boardman. (Courtesy photo)

BIDDEFORD, Maine The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women’s cross country team continued to build toward November’s North Atlantic Conference championship meet with its performance in the University of New England Invitational.

Zosia Prince (Sutton) was the first Hornet to complete the 5K course, crossing the finish line in 20:49.0, good for 28th place in the field of 133 runners. Rachel Valentine finished 57th in a time of 22:17.5 and Isabelle Tuggle finished 104th in 25:38.3.

Hornet head coach Hayden Bunnell was pleased with the progress of his runners. “I saw good improvement in the women today, and we just need to keep being patient with our training and we should be in good shape for the NAC.”

The men’s team finished 10th in a strong field in Biddeford. Trinity College captured team honors, with NCAA Division II’s Franklin Pierce College finishing second. Former Danville standout Riley Fenoff, now an FPU sophomore, won the meet with a PR on an 8K course of 25:07.

“The Trinity kid beat Riley last week, and he turned it around this week,” Riley’s dad Trent Fenoff, who attended the meet, said, adding that besides Fenoff and Bunnell, former SJA standouts Dage Minors and Robert Boardman, now FPU Ravens assistant coaches, were also at the meet.

Junior Christopher Chichester (Orleans) continued the strong start to his Hornet career, completing the 8K course in 27:54.1, good for 19th place in the field of 131 runners. Michael Bear was next, crossing in 31:22.5 and finishing 71st. Peter Gilding (St. Johnsbury), Joseph Gonzalez-Lyons, and Matthew Sheridan, rounded out Lyndon’s scoring runners.

The next meet on the schedule for both teams is the 4:30 p.m. Vermont State Collegiate Meet Friday, Sept. 27 at Castleton University.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

SEASON SWEEP: In Johnson, the Hornets defeated NVU-Johnson for the second time this season on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a 5-4 NAC victory. With the win the Hornets improve to 2-3 on the season, and clinches a point in the NVU President’s Cup Challenge, the annual competition for athletic superiority between the two NVU campuses.

The Hornets return to the courts on Wednesday when they travel to Plymouth State University for a 4:00 pm non-conference matchup.

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