SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The Babson College track & field teams had five different athletes earn all-region honors on the final day of competition at the NCAA Division III New England Championships as the men finished 28th among scoring teams, while the women came in 30th on Saturday at Blake Track.
Sophomore John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) continued his stellar campaign by breaking his own school record in the 800-meter run to become just the second male in program history to earn All-New England recognition in back-to-back seasons. He posted a time of 1:53.02 to trim over half a second off his previous best time to finish eighth overall. Decker later teamed up with junior JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) and first-years Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) and Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.) to earn All-New England accolades with their seventh-place result in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:23.30.
Dynan placed 11th with an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:58.77 in the 1500-meter run, while Greenfield came in 12th with a time of 50.47 in the 400 meters. Senior Cezary Bialon (Park Ridge, Ill.) concluded his career with a leap of 43-feet, 4.25-inches, good for 10th place, in the triple jump.
On the women's side, first-year Abby Slater (Clinton, Mass.) came in eighth overall in the heptathlon to become just the sixth female in school history to garner All-New England honors. She came in sixth in the javelin with a season-best throw of 81-feet, 4-inches to go along with an eighth-place showing in the 800-meter run (2:55.78) and a ninth-place result in the long jump (14-feet, 3.25-inches) to finish with 3,249 points in seven events.
Junior Melissa Perlman (Bentonville, Ark.) placed 16th in the shot put (35-feet, 5.25-inches) and 24th in the discus (93-feet, 2-inches), while classmate Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) tied for 20th by clearing 9-feet, 6.25-inches in the pole vault. The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.), classmate Natasha Kellas (Fort Lee, N.J.) and first-years My-Linh DeBonis (Framingham, Mass.) and Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) produced a time of 10:27.48.
Babson will return to action next Saturday when it competes at the New Balance Twilight meet beginning at 5 p.m. at Bentley University.