BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a fifth-place finish at last season's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship while returning eight runners, the Babson College men's cross country team is poised to continue its success in 2015.
Under the direction of 12th-year head coach Russ Brennen, the Beavers have placed fifth or better in each of the last six conference meets. Despite the loss of its top three harriers, the Green and White brings back a nucleus of four upperclassmen and four sophomores that all gained valuable experience last season.
Sophomore Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.), who set a personal best at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational and finished 34th at the NEWMAC Championship, is Babson's top returner. Classmate Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) was one of two harriers to compete in all seven races last fall, while fellow sophomore Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) is looking to build upon last year's strong finish. Fellow classmate Jonathan Martin (Valrico, Fla.) will also look to crack the lineup this season after taking part in a pair of races at the end of 2014.
Senior Chris deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) got off to a strong start last season with a 44th-place showing at the season-opening New England College Mayflower Invitational, while classmate Kevin Jang (Basking Ridge, N.J.) ran the best time of his career at Westfield State University last October. Fellow senior Edgar Ocana (Chelsea, Mass.) and junior Trevor Lomba (Dartmouth, Mass.), who both competed in 2013, return after not racing last year.
In addition to its veteran core, the Beavers welcome a six-man first-year class that is looking to contribute to the team's success immediately.
"We are excited for the season," said Brennen. "We have a very young group made up of mostly first-year and sophomore runners. Although we are in the process of a major rebuilding process, the future for this group is bright.
Babson will open its season with a dual meet against Wheaton on Friday, September 4, before competing in three big events prior to November's conference and regional championships.