Hornet women and men picked 5th & 6th respectively for NAC Track & Field Championships

Hornet women and men picked 5th & 6th respectively for NAC Track & Field Championships

Lyndonville, VT - Several Lyndon State College track and field athletes will be looking to set personal bests and compete for conference honors at the North Atlantic Conference Track & Field Championships this Sunday.  The Hornet women were picked to finish fifth and the men sixth in a vote of conference coaches.  Colby-Sawyer College will hot the meet at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field facility.  Start time is set for 10:30 am.

On the women's side, the Hornets will be looking to better the coaches prognostication and last year's fifth place finish. This year, the team's best finish was eighth at the Mount Holyoke Spring Fling.  Top performances this season include Jessica Hillman (Gardiner, ME) in the 100m (13.91), 200m (29.24), 100m hurdles (19.02), and the long jump (4.71m).  Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) has done well in the shot put (9.66m), discus (30.78m), and javelin (38.97m).  Salvadore and Hillman will look to improve their performances at the conference championship as they currently rank in the top of the NAC.  Salvadore is ranked first among NAC athletes in the javelin and third in the discus, while Hillman is ranked in or near the top six in the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles and the long jump.

The NAC coaches' predicted women's order of finish, with first place votes in parentheses:

  1. Colby-Sawyer College 47 (5)
  2. Husson University 44 (2)
  3. Castleton University 34
  4. University of Maine at Farmington 29
  5. Lyndon State College 17
  6. Johnson State College 15
  7. University of Maine at Presque Isle 10

The complete NAC women's championship preview can be found HERE.

For the men, the Hornets will be looking to improve upon last year's sixth place finish.  This year, the team's best finish was ninth at the Mount Holyoke Spring Fling. The Hornets have seen several top performances this season, including Joshua Guyer (Lyndonville, VT) in the 100m with a time of 12.19, Hunter Torrey (Newbury, VT) in the 200m with a time of 25.16 and Benjamin Cornell (Burrillville, RI) in the 800m and 1500m with times of 2:07.43 and 4:32.29.  Other top marks include Matt Francis(Freeport, ME)  in the 5,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase with times of 19:38.35 and 12:01.31, Joshua Thibault (Glover, VT)  in the long jump (5.48m), triple jump (10.68m), and javelin (38.73m), and Robert Denton III (Providence, RI)  in the shot put (8.48m) and discus (20.77m).  Athletes to watch for at the championship are Cornell, who is climbing up the rankings in the 800 and the 1500 meters, and Thibault, who has range in multiple events.

The NAC coaches' predicted order of finish, with first place votes in parentheses:

  1. Colby-Sawyer College 47 (5)
  2. Husson University 39 (2)
  3. University of Maine at Farmington 35
  4. Castleton University 32
  5. University of Maine at Presque Isle 17
  6. Lyndon State College 15
  7. Johnson State College 11

The complete NAC men's championship preview can be found HERE.