Track & Field Weekend Preview
Mt. Sac Relays | Torrance, Calif. | Friday, April 20
MIT Sean Collier Invitational | Cambridge, Mass. | Saturday, April 21
Long Beach State Invitational | Long Beach, Calf. | Saturday, April 21
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams enter their final weekend of competition before the NEWMAC Champions with a trio-of events on deck. Senior John Decker and junior Matthew Dynan will travel to California to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays on Friday before racing at the Long Beach State Invitational on Saturday, while the remainder of the Beavers will compete at the MIT Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday in Cambridge.
LAST TIME AT THE SEAN COLLIER INVITE
The Babson men's and women's track & field teams posted a pair of victories on April 22, 2017. The women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Melanie Plattner, Katherine Tamulionis, and sophomores Stephanie Rodriguez and Taline Karozichian won the event with a school-record time of 4:15.99, while JD Greenfield '17 took home gold in the men's 400-meter run posting a time of 50.69.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
First-year Camille Lewis became the first athlete in program history to compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase as she ran 12:45.43 in her event debut, while junior Chaela Hood paced her way to a personal-best time of 19:05.77 in the 5000-meter run. On the sprint side, sophomore Angelina Raffone placed 17th in the 200-meter dash running 26.85, while the quartet Karozichian, sophomore Margaret Barr-Forget and first-year's Eve Rice and Ana Lamoso posted a tenth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay running 4:41.48. Hood currently ranks fifth in the NEWMAC with her 39:54.56 10,000-meter performance.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
Senior Ryan Colaco, who bettered his previous personal best by more than five seconds, set a school record and qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase running 10:06.83 on Friday night at the Silfen Invitational. First-year Ethan Kohanik raced to a school-record, 59.70, in the 400-meter hurdles, while sophomore Sean Rezendes placed fifth in the High-jump with a clearance of 6-feet. Decker, who leads the NEWMAC with his 1:51.27 800-meter run performance, ranks second in the country, while Dynan ranks fourth in the conference in the 1500-meter run.
CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
Both the Mt. Sac Relays and the Long Beach State Invitational will feature nationally-ranked completion across the three divisions, in addition to professional athletes. Last year, the Mt. Sac 800-meter run and the Long Beach State 800-meter run combined to have four men under 1:50.
NCAA AND NEICAAA QUALIFICATION
On the men's side, junior Sayin Shute (200-meter), Decker (800-meter & 1500-meter), Dynan (1500-meter), and Colaco (3,000-meter steeple) have all qualified for the NCAA regional championships, while on the women's side, the duo of Raffone (200-meter) and Hood (10,000-meter ) have punched their tickets to the postseason.
NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIPS ON DECK
This weekend's meets will be the final tune-up for the 2018 NEWMAC Championships, which will be held at Springfield next Saturday. Both teams put together strong performances at last year's league meet, which includes the highest point total since 2003 by the women's squad, and three event victories and a pair of major awards on the men's side.