WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams combined to set five school records and earned six all-region awards as part of a historic day at the NCAA New England Championships on Saturday at Williams College. The Beaver men placed 14th out of 32 scoring teams with 19 points, which is their top finish in program history.
Leading the way for the Green and White was junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.), who shattered his own school record and became the program's first NCAA New England champion with his time of 1:50.98 in the 800-meter run. The only male in program history to earn all-region accolades in three consecutive seasons, Decker's time currently ranks sixth in Division III.
Sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) earned the first individual all-region award of his career by breaking his own school record with a time of 3:54.73 to finish sixth in the 1500-meter run. Senior JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) also shattered his own school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.64, while sophomore Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.) finished four spots behind him with a personal-best time of 49.98.
The Beavers' 4x400-meter relay team of Decker, Dynan, Greenfield and Ficht recorded the team's fourth school record of the day and earned All-New England honors for the second year in a row with a time of 3:19.12, which was good for third place.
In the women's half of the meet, Babson posted a pair of top-10 finishes, led by the 4x800-meter relay squad of juniors Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) and Natasha Kellas (Fort Lee, N.J.), sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) and first-year Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala), which placed ninth with a school-record time of 9:54.79. Sophomore Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) posted a time of 12.68 in the 100-meter dash prelims and came in ninth, just 0.12 seconds out of the finals.
Senior Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) the school-record holder in the pole vault, finished 14th in her final collegiate meet after clearing 10-feet.
The Beavers return to action next Friday when they return to Williams for the NEICAAA Championships.