Cross Country at NCAA New England Championships
Saturday, November 14—11 a.m. (W)/12:30 p.m. (M)
Harkness Memorial Park—Waterford, Conn.
The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams will return to the Harkness Memorial Park course on Saturday for the NCAA Division III New England Championships. The women's 6k race begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the men's 8k races at 12:30 p.m.
PREVIEWING THE FIELD
Both races will feature deep fields that feature some of the nation's top teams. The women's meet has eight teams ranked in the USTFCCCA national poll, including No. 2 Williams, No. 3 MIT, No. 5 Tufts and No. 8 Middlebury. On the men's side, seven teams enter the meet nationally ranked led by No. 2 Williams, No. 5 Amherst and No. 8 MIT. The top two squads on both the men's and women's sides from each region will qualify for the Division III Championships next Saturday, with an additional 16 men's and women's teams earning at-large bids to nationals.
2014 NCAA NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Marina Capalbo '14 became the first runner in school history to earn All-New England honors in three straight years as the Babson women came in 28th while the men finished 21st at last season's regional championships in Williamstown, Mass. Capalbo finished 29th overall and earned her second consecutive bid to the NCAA Division III Championships, while sophomore Sarah Anthony set a new PR with a time of 28:20 in the 6k event. On the men's side, Mark Gulesian '14 came in 62nd overall, while sophomore Jonathan Miller posted an 8k time of 28:02 in his regional debut.
LAST TIME AT HARKNESS MEMORIAL PARK
The Babson men came in 19th and the women finished 23rd at the Connecticut College Invitational back on October 17. First-year Matthew Dynan was the men's top finisher with a time of 27:06, while classmate Chaela Hood paced the Green and White in the women's 6k race with a time of 24:05.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson returns to action after the men finished fourth and the women 10th at the NEWMAC Championships on November 1 at Franklin Park in Boston. Dynan came in 25th overall with a time of 27:20, while classmates Ryan Vandervalk (27:25) and Walker Odell (27:41) finished 26th and 34th, respectively. The Beavers placed five harriers in the top 40 and their times were separated by just 39 seconds. In the women's half of the meet, Hood cut 36 seconds off her previous best 5k time to finish 35th overall with a time of 19:40. Sophomore Melanie Plattner(20:12) came in 49th, junior Heather Murphy posted a time of 21:26 in her NEWMAC Championship debut and senior Katie Donovan set a new PR with a time of 21:52.
• The Babson men's fourth-place result at the NEWMAC Champoinships marked the seventh consecutive season they've finished fifth or higher.
• The last time the NCAA New England Championships were held at Harkness Memorial Park in 2007, the Beaver men came in 34th, while the women finished 33rd.