NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) set a school record and qualified for the NCAA New England Championships to highlight a number of strong performances for the Babson College men's and women's track & field teams on Friday night at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational.
Colaco's time of 10:06.83 in the 3000-meter steeplechase was more than five seconds faster than his previous personal best and six one-hundredths of a second better than Rob Chapman's '07 school mark set back in 2004. He finished 10th overall, while junior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) came in 14th in a time of 10:28.37.
Sophomore Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) placed 26th in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.20, while classmate Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) came in 30th after crossing the finish line in 2:01.01. Junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) came in 21st with a time of 4:08.55 in the 1500 meters and senior Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) recorded a 14th-place showing with a time of 35:52.88 in the 10,000-meter run.
On the women's side, junior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded the Beavers' top performance with a personal-best time of 19:05.77 in the 5000-meter run. Senior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) produced a season-best time of 2:26.11 to come in 21st in the 800-meter run, first-year Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) posted a time of 2:28.50 and sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was less than a half-second behind her with a time of 2:28.92.
The Green and White will begin the second day of competition at Connecticut College on Saturday at 8 a.m.