Decker Wins Three Events, Rezendes Sets School Record in the High Jump to Lead Beavers
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) won three events and became the first Babson College male to be selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year as the Beavers finished fifth at the conference meet at MIT on Saturday.
Decker came in first in both the 800-meter run (1:55.06) and the 1500-meter run (3:56.89) before capping the meet with another victory in the 4x400-meter relay along with senior JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) and sophomores Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) and Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.). Decker, who also won the 800 meters back in 2015 is now the only athlete in program history, male or female, to win four NEWMAC titles and earn four all-conference awards.
In addition to his banner day, first-year Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.) was superb in his conference championships debut. He set a new school record by clearing 6-feet, 2-inches to finish seventh and qualify for the NCAA regional championships in the high jump, and then came in eighth with a leap of 20-feet, 4.5-inches in the long jump. Rezendes also came in 10th in the 100-meter dash prelims with a time of 11.48.
Junior Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.) placed sixth with a time of 11.28 in the 100-meter dash and followed it up with an eighth-place showing with a time of 23.05 in the 200-meter dash. First-year Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) came in seventh and 10th, respectively, in the 100 and 200 meters, while Ficht placed eighth in the 400 meters with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 50.62.
Dynan came in ninth in the 1500 meters and first-years Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) and Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) placed ninth and 10th in the 800 meters. Junior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) and sophomore Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) came in just three seconds apart to finish ninth and 10th in the in the 3000-meter steeplechase. First-year Drew Guadagno (Plymouth, Mass.) also recorded a ninth-place showing in the javelin.
No. 25 MIT won its 17th consecutive conference title, while WPI and Springfield came in second and third, respectively.
The Beavers return to action on Friday when they compete at the NCAA New England Championships at Williams.