BABSON PARK, Mass.—Bolstered by the return of six runners, the Babson College men's cross country program is looking forward to kicking off the 2019 campaign.
READY, SET, GO
Head coach Russ Brennen, who enters his 16th season in charge of the program, brings back six runners from a squad that finished fifth that NEWMAC Championship and 19th at the NCAA New England Championship last year. The Green and White has now finished inside the top 20 at the NCAA regional meet in three straight seasons for the first time in school history.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Sophomore Collin Regan (Rochester, N.Y.) finished second on the team with an average 8k time of 27:22 last fall as a rookie and enters the 2019 campaign as the Beavers' top harrier. He placed 27th at the conference meet and produced his second fastest time of the fall (26:35) to place 71st at the NCAA New England Championships last November.
Seniors Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) and Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) are Babson's only runners with more than a year of collegiate experience, and the duo will be tasked with setting the pace for a young group. Arora recorded the top time of his career (27:26) at the NCAA regional meet at Bowdoin, while Virkler returned to competition in late October after missing nearly two full years due to injury. He placed 56th at the NEWMAC Championship and then posted his top career time (28:30) two weeks later at regionals.
SHOES TO FILL
With the loss of four seniors and four of the team's top eight harriers, sophomores Joseph Marwill (Hingham, Mass.), Michael Cantaluppi (Randolph, N.J.) and Colin Cianciolo (East Greenwich, R.I.) are all looking to build upon their experiences as rookies. Marwill trimmed nearly a minute off his previous time on two occasions last September before missing the final two races of the year, while Cianciolo is set to make his debut after missing all of last fall.
CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE
After opening at Wheaton for the fifth season in a row, the Beavers will compete in meets at Fitchburg State and Western New England for the first time in program history, and at Keene State for the first time since 2010.
The NEWMAC Championships will return to Franklin Park on the first Sunday in November, while the NCAA New England Championships will return to Brunswick, Maine, and the campus of Bowdoin for the second year in a row on November 16.