Men's Track & Field

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Meet Preview: Track & Field at the NEICAAA Championships

Meet Preview: Track & Field at the NEICAAA Championships

Track & Field at the NEICAAA Championships
Friday-Saturday, May 11-12
Dartmouth Memorial Field — Hanover, N.H.


Eleven members of the Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will travel to Dartmouth College to take part in the New England Championships. The event brings together the top Division I, II and III athletes to compete in 36 events in addition to the decathlon and heptathlon.

The Beavers begin competition with three events on Friday. Juniors Angelina Raffone and Sayin Shute will run the 100-meter dash prelims for a chance to qualify for the 100-meter dash finals on Saturday, while classmate Chaela Hood is set to take part in the 10,000-meter run that Friday night. Senior John Decker and Junior Matthew Dynan will take on the 800-meter run and 1500-meter run finals, respectively, on Saturday afternoon, before returning with sophomores Nicholas Virkler and Samir Arora to run the 4x800-meter relay. The quartet of Senior Melanie Plattner, junior Stephanie Rodriguez, and first-years Camille Lewis and Grace Regan will also be competing in the 4x800-meter relay on Saturday.

The Green and White is coming off a banner performance at last weekend's NCAA New England Championships, which included two school records and four all-region awards. Decker placed second in the 800-meter run running 1:51.35, Dynan posted a season-best 3:56.29 for fourth place in the 1500-meter run, and sophomore Sean Rezendes cleared a school-record 6-feet, 3.25 inches in the high jump. Decker, Dynan, Arora, and Virkler recorded a school-recorded 7:52.78 in the 4x800-meter to place fourth and earn all-region awards.

The Beavers put together a pair of strong results at last weekend's NCAA New England Championships, which included breaking the 4x800-meter relay school-record and five all-region awards. Raffone advanced out of Friday night's 100-meter dash prelims running 12.33 to win her heat and earn the fourth-seed heading into Saturdays final, where she finished eighth with a time of 12.53 to collect her first all-region honor. The relay team of Rodriguez, Plattner, Lewis and Regan ran a school-record 9:47.72 in the 4x800-meter relay to earn all-region honors in their first relay outing.

Babson will compete in the MIT Last Chance Meet next Thursday. Additionally, Decker's time in the 800 meters has him in good position to be one of 22 qualifiers for the Division III Championships, which will be held from May 24-26 at Roger Herring Stadium in La Crosse, WI.