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.
• 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.