Ottman, Pifari, Cornell, and King Earn Top Men's Cross Country Honors

 

Thomas College Junior Jarrod Ottman was the first to cross the line at the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Cross Country Championship, which earned him NAC Runner of the Year honors. Second-place finisher, Northern Vermont-Lyndon freshman Anthony Pifari earned NAC Rookie of the Year to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.

In a vote of the conference coaches and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs), Benjamin Cornell of Northern Vermont-Lyndon was honored as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Maine Maritime Head Coach Ryan King was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year and eight men's cross country student athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team.

 

Thomas College Junior Jarrod Ottman was the first to cross the line at the 2018 NAC Men's Cross Country Championship, which earned him NAC Runner of the Year honors to go with his individual 2018 Championship title and top spot on the All-Conference First Team. Ottman excelled all fall, earning six NAC Runner of the Week honors, including for the week ending with the Championship race. He won the first race of the year by nearly a minute at the UMPI Invitational, and built his seasonal resume a few weeks later by winning the UMaine-August Invitational. Competing at the competitive Maine State Championship at Bowdoin College at the end of September, Ottman finished 18th in a field of 223 runners - the fastest NAC runner in the race by almost 40 seconds. Ottman picked up another top-two finish with runner up honors at the Runnin' Monks Invitational in Standish, Maine, and then won his final race before the NAC Championship at home at the Thomas Invitational in mid-October. Ottman outran the championship field by ten seconds to claim the 2018 medalist honors, finishing the 8k in 27:26.8.

Northern Vermont-Lyndon freshman Anthony Pifari cruised to a second place finish at the 2018 NAC Men's Cross Country Championship, which earned him NAC Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Just ten seconds behind the winner, Pifari was almost a full minute ahead of third place as he led the Hornets to a fourth place finish with a time of 27.36.9 at the 8k championship. Early in the season, Pifari finished third at the 5k Mariner Invitational to earn Rookie of the Week honors, an accolade he would claim two more times, including for the week ending with the championship. Pifari led the Hornets in the Vermont State Championship on Lyndon's home course in late September, clocking 30:36.0 over the challenging 8k race. Pifari finished eighth out of 62 runners and helped the Hornets notch a fourth place team finish, producing the best individual and team finishes for the NAC. Two weeks prior to the cold and wet championship, Pifari earned Runner of the Week honors for his performance at the Western New England Invitational in what proved to be good preparation for the championship race in similar conditions.

 

Benjamin Cornell of Northern Vermont-Lyndon is recognized as the Senior Scholar Athlete for excelling academically and athletically throughout his undergraduate experience. A Mountain Recreation Major with a 3.7 GPA, Cornell will complete his undergraduate experience this spring with an internship in Outdoor Education at the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor School before launching into a career as an outdoor educator. He has consistently earned a spot on the Dean's List and been recognized as a Lyndon Scholar-Athlete. Cornell has been a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years, and is also a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the American Canoe Association, and the lifeguard staff at NVU-Lyndon. He earned a fourth place finish at the 2018 NAC Men's Cross Country meet and a spot on the All-Conference First Team. He earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2017 and in his rookie campaign, which also earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. Cornell was selected to represent Lyndon on the Sportsmanship Team in 2016, an honor reserved for student athletes who represent the best of their sport.

 

 

Maine Maritime Academy head cross country coach Ryan King was selected by his peers as the 2018 Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year. King's squad finished second overall at the 2018 Championship, just seven points behind the winner. The Mariner's placed two runners on the All-Conference Team (3rd and 11th), and all five scoring runners were in the top 23. Early in the season, Maine Maritime men won the UMPI Invitational and finished second at their own Mariner Invitational. In the previous seven seasons at the helm for Maine Maritime, King coached two All-Conference runners, 23 NAC All-Academic selections, and one CoSIDA/Capitol One Academic All-American Runner. His teams have been recognized for academic excellence by the USTFCAA six times.


The medalist and the next seven finishers at the NAC Championship are honored as First Team All-Conference runners, and the next seven are named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Joining Ottman and Pifari on the All-Conference First Team are Jesse Walley and Benjamin York of SUNY Canton; Zach Hartman and Joel Bond of Husson; Alyen Wolf of Maine Maritime, and Benjamin Cornell of Northern Vermont-Lyndon.

Second team honorees include Jarrod Hooper and Alister Piccini of Thomas; Matthew Francis of NVU-Lyndon, Jeremy Gundrum of SUNY Canton, Ricky Smith of Husson, Liam Veverka of Maine Maritime, and Jordan Fried of UMaine-Farmington.

Click here for the full NAC Championship Results.

The NAC Men's Cross Country Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the sport culture and environment, and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity.

 

2018 NAC Men's Cross Country All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Conference      
Jarrod Ottman Junior Merrimack, New Hampshire Thomas
Anthony Pifari Freshman Littleton, New Hampshire Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Aylen Wolf Sophomore Surry, Maine Maine Maritime
Benjamin Cornell Senior Burrilville, Rhode Island Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Zach Hartman Sophomore Kennebunkport, Maine Husson
Jesse Walley Freshman Cortland, New York SUNY Canton
Joel Bond Freshman Houlton, Maine Husson
Benjamin York Freshman Auburn, New York SUNY Canton
       
Second Team All-Conference      
Matthew Francis Senior Freeport, Maine Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Jeremy Gundrum Freshman West Sand Lake, New York SUNY Canton
Liam Veverka Freshman Hancock, New Hampshire Maine Maritime
Jordan Fried Junior Brookline, Massachusetts UMaine-Farmington
Jarrod Hooper Freshman Lyman, Maine Thomas
Alister Piccini Freshman Winslow, Maine Thomas
Ricky Smith Freshman Belfast, Maine Husson
       
Runner of the Year      
Jarrod Ottman Junior Merrimack, New Hampshire Thomas
       
Rookie of the Year      
Anthony Pifari Freshman Littleton, New Hampshire Northern Vermont-Lyndon
       
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year      
Benjamin Cornell Senior Burrilville, Rhode Island Northern Vermont-Lyndon
       
Coach of the Year      
Ryan King     Maine Maritime Academy
       
Sportsmanship Team      
Ryan Yutzler Junior Remsen, New York SUNY Canton
Jordan Fried Junior Brookline, Massachusetts UMaine-Farmington
Zach Hartman Sophomore Kennebunkport, Maine Husson University
Sheldon Billings Sophomore Ossipee, New Hampshire Northern Vermont-Johnson
Matthew Francis Senior Freeport, Maine Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Steven Gerencer Sophomore Bowdoin, Maine Maine Maritime Academy
Andrew Hunt Senior Peterborough, New Hampshire UMaine-Presque Isle
Dillon Sullivan Senior New Gloucester, Maine Thomas College

 

Click HERE to download a pdf list of All-Conference honorees.