Track & Field at Princeton/Coast Guard
Sam Howell Invitational—Princeton, N.J. | Friday, April 6
Nitchman Track—New London, Conn. | Saturday, April 7
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams enter the second weekend of competition with a pair of events on the schedule. Senior John Decker and junior Matthew Dynan will travel to the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University on Friday, while the remainder of the Beavers will compete at the Coast Guard Invitational on Saturday.
LAST TIME AT PRINCETON
Decker finished first in the unseeded section of the 800-meter run with a then-school-record 1:52.90, while Dynan ran 4:01.00 to place second among Division III competitors in the 1,500-meter on April 22, 2017, in Princeton, N.J.
2016 COAST GUARD RECAP
Cezary Bialon'16 posted a mark of 41-feet, 1.75 inches to place first in the triple jump, while Decker ran 1:55.64 to cross the line first in the 800-meter run at Coast Guard on April 2, 2016. Senior Sam Gabranski leaped 20-feet, 1.50-inches in the long jump to earn a third place finish, and classmate Ryan Colaco took third place in the 3000-meter steeplechase. On the women's side, Kim Dvorak'16 took third place in the long jump with a distance of 15-feet, 3.25-inches, in addition to posting ninth and 12th place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, respectively. Melissa Perlman'17 represented the throwing events with an eighth place finish in the shot put and a 14th-place showing in the discus.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White enters the weekend coming off a 16th place finish at the Tufts Snowflake Classic last Saturday. Junior Chaela Hood recorded a personal-best 39:54.56 in the 10,000-meter run to punch her ticket to both the NCAA regional championships and the NEICAAA meet, while classmate Angelina Raffone came in third in the 100 meters (13.25) and 11th in the 200 meters (27.39). Senior Melanie Plattner was the Beavers top-finisher in the 1500-meter run with a personal-best of 5:08.94, and first-year Grace Regan debuted a time of 2:27.63 in the 800-meter run.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers enter the weekend following a 13th place showing that the Tufts Snowflake Classic last Saturday. Two Beavers earned a spot at the NCAA regional meet, as Decker won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:00.87, and junior Sayin Shute clocked a personal-best time of 22.95 in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Sean Haney ran his way to a career-best 23.19 in the 200-meter dash, senior Ryan Colaco ran 10:22.31 grab a fifth place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and junior Austin Henry placed seventh behind Colaco with a career-best time of 10:24.14.
NCAA AND NEICAAA QUALIFICATION
The Babson men currently have three athletes that have qualified for the NCAA regional championships, while the women have notched one qualifier.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START
Sophomore Taline Karozichian posted the top time of her career (29.80 in the 200-meter dash, while sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez (19:16.84) and first-year Caroline Winicki (19:45.71)placed 18th and 23rd, respectively, in the women's 5000-meter run. On the men's side, Dynan placed ninth in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:39.70 and first-year Ethan Kohanik placed second in his heat and 13th overall with a time of 1:01.33 in the 400-meter hurdles.
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH NEW LONDON
Saturday's meet at Coast Guard will be the first of two straight in New London, Conn., as the Green and White will head to Connecticut College for the Silfen Invitational next Friday and Saturday.