BABSON PARK, Mass.—After setting three records and earning a pair of all-conference awards at last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meet, the Babson College men's track & field team is hoping to continue its upward trajectory in 2017.
Under the direction of 13th-year head coach Russ Brennen, the Beavers return 17 athletes from a team that recorded the highest NEWMAC Championships point total in program history last spring. The Green and White qualified for the NCAA New England Championship in eight different events in 2016 and brings back eight of its nine regional championship participants.
Senior JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) owns the school record in the 400-meter run and is part of Babson's recording-setting 4x400-meter relay squad. Classmate Sam LaPointe (Wells, Maine) had a breakout campaign last spring and set new program marks in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, while fellow seniors Justin Dill (Bellingham, Mass.) and Wyatt Hackett (Brentwood, Tenn.) joined LaPointe in setting a new record in the 4x100-meter relay at league meet.
Junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) broke his own school record in the 800-meter run twice last season, and sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) took home all-conference honors with his second-place finish in the 800 meters at the NEWMAC Championships last April. Sophomore Andrew Myers (Bethlehem, Pa.) is the only athlete in school history to clear 6-feet in the high jump, while classmate Sam Gabranski (Sherborn, Mass.) and junior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) own the program's second and third best results in the long jump and steeplechase, respectively.
Senior Trevor Lomba (Dartmouth, Mass.) and sophomores Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.) and Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.), who were both part of school records in the relays last season, will compete in sprint events in 2017. Junior Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.), who missed much of last year due to injury, classmate Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Fishkin (Hagerstown, Md.) will all compete in distance events, while junior Jonathan Martin (Valrico, Fla.) adds depth to Babson's core of mid-distance runners. Additionally, sophomore Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) will compete in the steeplechase.
"The team has been working extremely hard this preseason," said Brennen. They have been really focused on quality workouts both on the track and in the weight room. We have solid goals this season that have been our motivation throughout this long winter, and can't wait to get outside and start making them happen."
The Green and White opens the season at the Bridgewater State Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m.