Men Come in 8th, Women Finish 16th at Connecticut College Invitational

Men Come in 8th, Women Finish 16th at Connecticut College Invitational

WATERFORD, Conn.—The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams competed for third week in a row by racing at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday. The Beavers came in eighth in the men's race and 16th in the women's meet at rain-soaked Harkness Park.

Junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) was the men's top finisher in the 8k race, coming in eighth with a time of 25:38. He was followed by senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.), who finished 24th overall in a time of 26:12.

Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.) crossed the finish line in a time of 27:27, which 11 spots ahead of first-year Zach Golderberg's (Westford, Mass.), who recorded a time of 27:37. Sophomore Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) posted a time of 28:17, junior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) ran the course in 28:49, and senior Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) followed with a time of 29:36.

The Babson women were led by sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala), who finished 59th with a time of 24:14 in her first career 6k race. Junior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) crossed the finish line with a time of 25:08, while first-year Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) followed with a time of 26:01.

First-year Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.) ran the course in 26:09 and came in seven spots ahead of senior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.), who recorded a time of 26:13. First-year Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.) was just a second behind her with a time of 26:14, while classmate Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) posted a time of 26:50 in her first 6k meet.

Following a week off, Babson will return to action at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on October 29 at Franklin Park in Boston beginning at 11 a.m.

MEET NOTES
• Saturday's finishes were the best for both the men and women over the last three seasons at the Connecticut College Invitational. The women's previous best finish was an 11th-place showing back in 2007.
• Dynan's time of 25:38 matched the fastest result by a Babson harrier in program history at Harkness Park. Dynan recorded the same time at last year's meet.
• Rodriguez's time of 24:14 was the fourth best 6k result at Harkness Park in the history of the women's program.

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