PRINCETON, N.J.—Senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) crossed the finish line in 1:51.27 to record the second fastest 800-meter time in the country on his way to a second-place showing in the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University on Friday evening.
Decker, who posted the third fastest time of his career in the 800 meters, qualified for the NCAA New England Championships by coming in 0.36 seconds behind Siena's Evans Kibet and nine one-hundredths of a second ahead of Brown's Zachery Emrich who finished third. Decker's time was also 0.39 seconds ahead of the 1:51.66 he ran to place fourth at last year's Division III National Championships.
Also competing was junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.), who ran 4:02.74 in the second heat of the 1500-meter run. Dynan's performance qualified him for the NCAA regional meet, making him the fourth Beaver to punch a ticket over the first two weekends of competition.
Babson returns to action on Saturday at 11 a.m. when it competes at the Coast Guard Invitational.