BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off one of the most successful campaigns in program history last season, the Babson College men's track & field program will look to continue to build upon its recent success in 2018.
LOOKING BACK AT 2017
Russ Brennen, the Beavers' 14th-year head coach, was selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year for the first time in 2017. The Green and White won three events and had four athletes earn all-conference honors as part of its fifth place finish at the league meet.
VETERAN CAST READY FOR MORE SUCCESS
The Green and White brings back 18 athletes, which is highlighted by five seniors and six juniors, after finishing just a half-point short of its program record at last year's NEWMAC Championships. In addition to their success at the conference meet, five returners qualified for the NCAA regional championships.
RUNNING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS
Senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) became the first in program history to earn All-America honors by finishing fourth in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Championships last May. The reigning NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year holds the school record in the 800 and is the only four-time conference champion in program history.
RECORD HOLDERS AT THE READY
Junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) broke the school record in the 1500-meter run twice last season and qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in both the 1500 and 5000 meters last spring. Sophomore Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.), who bettered junior Andrew Myers' (Bethlehem, Pa.) mark in the high jump at last year's conference meet, are the only athletes in program history to clear 6-feet in the event.
Joining Decker in the Beavers' five-man senior class are Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.), Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.), Sam Gabranski (Sherborn, Mass.) and Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.). Atwood and Miller have been mainstays for Babson in the middle-distance and distance events over the last three seasons, Colaco has competed in the steeplechase in each of the last two years, and Gabranski owns the program's second best result in the long jump (20-feet, 6.5-inches).
WATCH MY SPEED
The Green and White returns three sprinters, led by junior Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.) who qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in the 100 meters last spring. Junior Drew Guadagno (Plymouth, Mass.), who also competed in the javelin, and sophomore Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) will look to build on strong rookie seasons, while classmate Jeremie Cabling (Hawthorne, N.J.) is also back to take part in the hurdles.
DEPTH AND EXPERIENCE IN MULTIPLE EVENTS
Junior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) competed in both the 1500-meter run and 3000-meter steeplechase last year, while junior Jake Fishkin (Hagerstown, Md.) and sophomores Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) and Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) should produce strong results in the middle-distance events. Sophomore Kalyan Ramkumar (Delmar, N.Y.) competed in six meets last year and recorded three top-10 results in the triple jump.
NEW MEETS ON THE SCHEDULE
In addition to competing at Tufts, Coast Guard, Connecticut College and MIT prior to the NEWMAC Championships, Decker and Dynan will also travel to southern California to take part in the Mt. Sac Relays and the Long Beach State Invitational in mid-April.