Track & Field at the Tufts Snowflake Classic
Saturday, March 31—10 a.m.
Dussault Complex—Medford, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will begin the 2018 season on Saturday morning at the Tufts Snowflake Classic. The Beavers were originally set to compete at Bridgewater State on March 24, but the meet was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
LAST TIME AT THE TUFTS SNOWFLAKE CLASSIC
The Babson College track and field teams posted two school records and saw an athlete qualify for the NCAA regional championships on March 28, 2009, in Medford, Mass. The men finished 11th overall, while the women placed 15th. Kevin Butera '09 and Varun Bhandri '12 set school records in the triple jump and 200-meter dash, respectively. On the women's side Lauren Blackburn'10 posted an NCAA New England Championships qualifying mark in the 400-meter hurdles.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson enters the 2018 season with a number of its top athletes returning after strong performances last spring. The women bring back 11 veterans, three of who qualified for the NCAA New England Championships over the last two seasons. Junior Angelina Raffone raced to a program recorded in the 100-meter dash, twice, last spring, while classmate Chaela Hood earned a spot at the NCAA regional meet in the 10,000-meter run. The quartet of seniors Melanie Plattner, and Natasha Kellas, sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez and Hood hold the school record in the 4x400-meter relay. On the men's side, the Beavers boast 18 returners, including five NCAA regional qualifiers. Senior John Decker became the programs first All-American when he finished fourth in the 80-meter run at the NCAA Championships last May. 1500-meter run school record holder junior Matthew Dynan qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in both the 1500 and 5000 meters, while sophomore Sean Rezendes and junior Andrew Myers' have both recorded marks over 6-feet in the high jump.
The Green and White was picked to finish fifth in the men's NEWMAC preseason coaches' poll, while the women's squad came in eighth.
ROOKIES ARE READY
Head coach Russ Brennen has 10 first-year competitors on the women's squad and two on the men's team that are set to make their collegiate debuts on Saturday.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
Following Saturday's debut at Tufts, the Green and White will travel to New London, Conn., on back-to-back weekends to compete in the Coast Guard Invitational on April 7 and the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College on April 14.