Men's Cross Country

3 All-Region Selections | 21 All-Conference Honors

Meet Preview: Cross Country at the Smith Invitational

Meet Preview: Cross Country at the Smith Invitational

Cross Country at the Smith Invitational
Saturday, September 10—10 a.m.
Smith XC Course—Northampton, Mass.

The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams return to the Smith Invitational for the first time since 2014 and just the fourth time since 2005 on Saturday morning. The men get the day started with their first 8k race of the season at 10 a.m., which will be followed by the women's 5k meet at 11 a.m.

The Babson men and women battled oppressive heat and humidity to finish seventh and 15th, respectively, at the 2014 Smith Invitational. Junior Jonathan Miller came in 44th, while classmates Scott Atwood and Ryan Colaco finished 53rd and 54th, respectively, in the men's 8k meet. Junior Melanie Plattner came in 83rd in the women's 5k event for the Green and White.

The Beavers suffered a 15-52 loss to Wheaton in last Friday's season-opening dual meet. Sophomore Chaela Hood came in sixth with a time of 13:00 in the 2-mile meet, while Plattner finished just two seconds behind her in seventh position. Sophomore My-Linh DeBonis crossed the finish line in 13:41 to take 11th place, and junior Heather Murphy finished 13th with a time of 14:06. The Green and White, which brings six of its top seven harriers from last season, was picked ninth in the NEWMAC preseason poll.

Led by sophomore Matthew Dynan, the Beavers claimed 10 of the top 12 spots to defeat Wheaton, 17-55, in their season-opening dual meet last Friday. Dynan posted a time of 16:30 in the 5k to finish first by 57 seconds. Miller came in second with a time of 17:27, while first-year Samir Arora was third with a time of 17:35 in his collegiate debut. Junior John Decker, who was competing in his first race since 2014, came in fifth just eight seconds behind Amora. Babson was picked to come in fifth when the NEWMAC released its preseason coaches' poll on August 25.

Dynan, who came in first at the Wheaton Invitational for the second year in a row, was selected as the NEWMAC Runner of the Week on Tuesday.

Saturday's meet will give both the men's and women's team a preview of the course that will host the NEWMAC Championships on October 29. The men finished fifth and the women came in ninth the last time Smith hosted the league meet in 2014.