Eagles Finish 11th in NAC Championships

Eagles Finish 11th in NAC Championships

JOHNSON, Vt. - The Green Mountain College men's cross country team ran to an 11th place finish at the 2016 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Cross Country Championship on Saturday with six racers competing in the event.  

Colby-Sawyer Chargers claimed the title after scoring 25 points with five runners in the top eight. The 8k championship race included 101 total runners, representing 11 schools.

The men's runner-up was UMaine-Farmington, as the Beavers turned in an 87, while Castleton was third (88), Thomas was fourth (128), followed by Maine Maritime (141), Husson (150), Lyndon (161) UMaine-Presque Isle (178), New England College (193), Johnson State (312) and Green Mountain (333).

Grandon Smith of Castleton was the men's individual champion as he completed the course in 26:22.4. Peter Bakker of Colby-Sawyer finished second in a time of 26:29.3 while Charger teammate Scott Shaw was third in 26:58.2. 

Green Mountain was extremely competitive within the team as its lead runner, Jacob Nelson (West Barnstable, Mass), and the four other times which counted towards the championship were only spaced by less than a minute and a half. For Nelson, it was a welcomed finish after seeing his season delayed several different times for different reasons with this being the first competition of the season. 

Nelson claimed 64th spot overall leading the Eagles over the 8K course in a time of 36:00 flat. Nicholas Lamson (Montpelier, Vt.) was hot on his heels as he finished right behind him in 65th spot in a time of 36:05. 

Pierce Caldwell (Los Altos, Calif.) claimed 67th overall finishing in a time of 36:59, while Devin Balcacer (Houston, Texas) came in directly after Caldwell in 68th spot in a time of 37:02. 

Josh Drummond (Sunapee, N.H.) and Xavier Johnson (Powder Springs, Ga.) rounded out the contingent of Eagles Championship competitors with Drummond placing 69th in a time of 37:25 and Johnson completing the race in 44:58 for a 73rd placing. 

The Championship race marked an end to the season for the men's cross country team. The team looks forward to its offseason work and a new season next fall.