Meet Preview:Track & Field at the Silfen Invitational

Meet Preview:Track & Field at the Silfen Invitational

Track & Field at the Silfen Invitational
Friday-Saturday, April 13-14
David and Lyn Silfen Track (Connecticut College)—New London, Conn.

THE SETUP
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will travel to Connecticut College to compete in the Silfen Invitational elite and open meets on Friday and Saturday for the third year in a row. The event begins with the decathlon and heptathlon at 2 p.m. on Friday, and will get underway again at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

2017 SILFEN INVITATIONAL RECAP
The Beavers set three school records as the men finished sixth and the women 11th at last year's Connecticut College Silfen Invitational. Senior John Decker won the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.20, while junior Matthew Dynan posted a school-record time of 3:55.31 to finish second in the men's 1500 meters. On the women's side, Melissa Perlman'17 and junior Angelina Raffone turned in school-record performances in the hammer throw and 100-meter dash, respectively. Perlman threw her way into the record book with her mark of 93-feet, 10-inches, while Raffone ran 12.78, which was 0.11 seconds faster than the previous mark and good enough for third place. 

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White enters the weekend coming off an eighth place finish at the Coast Guard Invitational last Saturday. Raffone ran a 26.79 in the 200-meter dash to tie a four-year-old school record and qualified for the regional championships, sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez placed third in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:01.95, and she joined the trio of senior Melanie Plattner and first-years Grace Regan and Camille Lewis to close out the meet running 4:30.23 to place third in the 4x400-meter relay.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Green and White enters the weekend after competing at the Sam Howell Invitational last Friday, and a sixth place finish at the Coast Guard Invitational last Saturday. Decker crossed the finish line in 1:51.27 to record the second fastest 800-meter time in the country on his way to a second-place showing in the Sam Howell Invite, while Dynan, who qualified for the NCAA regional meet, recorded a time of 4:02.74 in the 1500-meter run. At Coast Guard, sophomore Sean Rezendes matched his school record and qualified for regionals by clearing 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump, in addition to leaping to the sixth best long jump mark in school history (20-feet, 3-inches).

GOOD DAY FOR THE JUMPERS
In addition to the performance by Rezendes, junior Andrew Myers cleared 6-feet to finish second in the high jump and senior Sam Gabranski placed sixth with a leap of 19-feet, 10.25 inches in the long jump. Sophomore Kalyan Ramukamar can in fifth with a career-best result of 38-feet, 4.25-inches in the triple jump.

FAST TIMES
First-year Tianna Houston came in eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.29, while sophomore Sean Haney (11.31) and junior Sayin Shute (11.36) were separated by just five one-hundredths of a second to finish fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 100 meters.

NCAA AND NEICAAA QUALIFICATION
The Babson men currently have five athletes that have qualified for the NCAA regional championships, while the women have notched a pair of qualifiers in their first two meets.