Rezendes Equals Men's High Jump Record, Raffone Ties Women's 200-Meter Dash Mark at Coast Guard
NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams matched a pair of school records and qualified for the NCAA regional championships in a pair of events at the Coast Guard Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers earned 43 points and tied for sixth in the men's half of the meet, while the women earned 33 points to finish eighth overall.
Junior Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) matched a four-year old school record and qualified for the regional championships with her time of 26.79 in the 200-meter dash. She also placed third with a time of 12.69 in the 100 meters, which is good for the seventh best time in program history.
The Green and White put together a number of strong performances in the middle-distance events, highlighted by personal-best times in the 1500-meter run by both sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and senior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.). Rodriguez came in third in a time of 5:01.95, while Plattner placed sixth with a time of 5:06.47. The duo was also separated by just 0.20 seconds in the 800 meters to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.
First-year Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.) crossed the finish line in 19:34.76 to place fifth in the 5000 meters, and classmate Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) was ninth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:05.20. First-year Tianna Houston (Cranston, R.I.) came in eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.29, while sophomore Swathi Nachappian (Short Hills, N.J.) was just behind her in 12th position after posting a time of 19.01.
The Beavers' 4x400-meter relay team of Plattner, Regan, Rodriguez and first-year Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) finished third with a time of 4:30.23.
On the men's side, sophomore Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.) matched his school record and qualified for regionals by clearing 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump. He also placed fourth in the long jump with the sixth best result in school history (20-feet, 3-inches), and came in 14th with a time of 11.90 in the 100-meter dash.
Junior Andrew Myers (Bethlehem, Pa.) cleared 6-feet in the high jump to finish second, and placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 19-feet, 1.5-inches. Senior Sam Gabranski (Sherborn, Mass.) came in sixth in the long jump with a result of 19-feet, 10.25-inches, while sophomore Kalyan Ramukamar (Delmar, N.7.) was fifth in the triple jump with a career-best leap of 38-feet, 4.25-inches.
Sophomore Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) came in fifth with a new personal best of 11.31 seconds in the 100-meter dash to edge junior Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.), who came in eighth in 11.36 seconds. Shute placed 10th in the 200 meters with a time of 23.18, while Haney was 11th with a time of 23.46.
Sophomore Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) led four Babson competitors with an eighth-place finish in a time of 4:13.17 in the 1500 meters. Senior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) placed 10th in 4:15.92, classmate Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.) was 15th in a career-best time of 4:17.52, and first-year Zachary Goldberg (Westford, Mass.) came in 20th in 4:20.64.
Sophomore Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) came in 11th in the 400 meters with a time of 53.19, while first-year Ethan Kohanik (Delran, N.J.) placed third in the 400 hurdles after crossing the finish line in 1:02.65.
Babson returns to action next Friday when it travels to the two-day Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College beginning at 2 p.m.