Cross Country at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational
Saturday, September 16—10:30 a.m. (Women)/11:15 a.m. (Men)
UMD Cross Country Course—North Dartmouth, Mass.
The Babson men's and women's cross country teams return to action for the first time since September 1 on Saturday, competing at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational for the 18th time in the last 20 years. The women will run a 5k race starting at 11:15 a.m., which will be followed by the men's 8k race at 12 p.m.
LAST TIME AT UMASS-DARTMOUTH
Junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) came in 17th to lead the men with a time of 25:54.87, good for the eighth-fastest 8k time in program history. Walker Odell finished 66th with a time of 26:59.18, while Ryan Vandervalk crossed the finish line in a time of 27:01.79, good for 72nd position. On the women's side, senior Melanie Plattner made her season debut and was the Beavers' top finisher with a time of 20:13.10 on the 5k course. Junior Chaela Hood came in just over three seconds behind her with a time of 20:16.33, and senior Heather Murphy posted a time of 20:55.96.
SCOUTING THE WOMEN
The Beavers feature seven first-year harriers and return five members of their 2016 squad. The Green and White will be looking to build off its 21-35 victory over Wheaton that saw sophomore Stephanie Rodriquez and Plattner finish first and second overall with times of 12:25 and 12:36, respectively, on the 2-mile course. Rounding out the top-five were Hood and first-years Grace Regan and Emma Cavanaugh. Also finishing in the top 10 for Babson was first-year Camille Lewis.
SCOUTING THE MEN
The Babson men got off to a great start putting four runners in the top-five and claiming seven of the top 10 spots in the individual standings in its 19-42 dual-meet win at Wheaton. Dynan was selected as the NEWMAC Runner of the Week on September 5 after finishing with a time of 15:50 in the 5k to start off his season. Senior John Decker finished closely behind with a time of 15:55, while seniors Jonathan Miller and Scott Atwood and first-year Zach Goldberg rounded out the team's top five.
• In 2015 the men's eighth-place finish at the UMD Invitational was the men's best in program history; the women have finished as high as 12th five times, most recently in 2011.
• Five of the men's program's top 10 times have come on the UMass-Dartmouth course.