ELSAH, Ill. – Plymouth State University junior Sam Brunnette earned All-American honors after placing 25th overall at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championship, hosted by Principia College. He completed the 8K Principia North Farm Course in 24:48.83.
The first-ever All-American and NCAA qualifier in Panthers' history, Brunnette climbed up to 24th at the 3-mile split, but dropped back to 30th at the 4-mile marker before climbing five spots over the final mile of the race.
This capped off a historic year for the Newport, Vermont native, who captured the 2017 Little East Conference and NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships. He was named the 2017 LEC Runner of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches, and earned New England Region Runner of the Year and All-Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association by virtue of his first-place finish at the NCAA Regional Championship.
Brunnette is the first-ever Plymouth State runner to be named LEC or USTFCCCA Runner of the Year, and is the first-ever Panther to win the LEC or NCAA regional individual title. He became the program's first all-conference and all-region performer in 2016.