KENOSHA, WIS. - The Lyndon State College Men's cross country team capped off a spectacular season by running to 30th place out of 35 teams at the NAIA National Cross Country Championship Meet on Saturday.
According to Chris Ummer, the LSC cross country coach, the 30th-place finish by his team on Saturday is the highest team finish ever by a Mayflower Conference team and definitely the highest team finish by an LSC mens' cross country team.
LSC's plucky 38-year-old frontrunner Mike Bruhn led the Hornets once again with a run into 158th place at 27:10 over the 8K course. A veteran harrier who has raced at nationals before, Bruhn posted his best time ever for the course by over a minute in what will probably be his last collegiate race.
Sean Fisher was LSC's second man in as he raced into 189th place at 27:37. Third man in for the Hornets was Nick Savoie who nabbed 220th place at 27:58.
Chris Spears took fifth for LSC as he sailed into 245th place at 28:12 and fellow Hornet Randy Feeley flew into 256th place at 28:23. LSC's seventh runner to cross the finish line was Andy St. Amour who raced into 284th place at 29:21. Rounding out the Hornets' charge to the finish line was LSC's Jon Dodge who nabbed 302nd place at 30:07.
Elizabeth Chase, LSC's lone woman to compete at the national meet, raced to a time of 21:16 over the 5k women's course to land in 262nd place.
Noting that although the Hornets were aiming for a 25th place team finish realistically, Coach Ummer said that the team is quot;looking at it not as a disappointment, but as a goal we have yet to achieve.quot;