Track & Field at the NCAA New England Championships
Friday, May 4—12 p.m. | Saturday, May 5—10 a.m.
Henry G. Steinbrenner '27 Stadium—Cambridge, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will send 14 athletes to this weekend's NCAA New England Championships at MIT. The Beavers have qualified for two events beginning on Friday afternoon and a full slate of events on Saturday.
2017 NCAA NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
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 last year's NCAA New England Championships at Williams College. The Beaver men placed 14th out of 32 scoring teams with 19 points, which is good for their top finish in program history. Senior John Decker ran a school record 1:50.98 in the 800-meter run to become the program's first NCAA New England champion, junior Matthew Dynan ran 3:54.73 in the 1500-meter run to finish sixth and earn all-region honors, and JD Greenfield '17 ran a school-record 49.64 in the 400-meter dash. The quartet of Decker, Dynan, Greenfield, and Gabe Ficht placed third in the 4x400-meter relay running 3:19.12 to earn All-New England Honors. On the women's side seniors Melanie Plattner and Natasha Kellas, junior Chaela Hood, and sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez combined to place ninth in the 4x800 running a school-record 9:54.79. Also finishing ninth was junior Anelina Raffone who ran 12.68 in the 100-meter dash, just missing the finals by 0.12.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
Raffone became Babson's fourth individual conference champion when she ran a school-record 12.20 in the 100-meter dash as the Beavers finished eighth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at Springfield College last Saturday . Sophomore Camille Lewis ran a personal-best 12:27 to finish 11th in the 3000-meter steeplechase, junior Chaela Hood ran 40:31.11 to place fifth in the 10,000-meter run, and sophomore Emma Cavanaugh and Rodriguez both posted seventh place finishes in the 800-meter run and 1500-meter run, respectively.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers enter the NCAA regionals after finishing fifth at the NEWMAC Championships last Saturday. Decker, who defended his NEWMAC 800-meter title, placed second in the 1500-meter run in a season-best 3:55.90 and returned with Dynan, and sophomores Nicholas Virkler and Samir Arora to place fourth in the 4x400. Dynan ran 3:58.74 to place third in the 1500-meter run, and doubled back to claim third in the 5000-meter running 15:47. First-year Ethan Kohanik ran a school-record 58.22 in the 400-meter hurdles for a sixth-place finish, while senior Jonathan Miller competed in the 10,000-meter run for the first time since 2015 and placed seventh, running 34:16.13.
Senior Ryan Colaco will compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the regional meet for the first time, while Arora qualified in the 800 meters for the first time in his career. On the women's side, both Plattner and Rodriguez will make their NCAA New England Championships debut in the 800-meter run.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Decker, who comes into the meet with the third fastest time in the region and the sixth best time in Division III, will look to become the first Babson athlete in program history to win back-to-back titles in the 800 meters on Saturday. Dynan is looking to earn all-region honors for the second year in a row, while Raffone enters with the fourth fastest time in the 100-meter dash as she looks to become Babson's first female All-New England honoree since 2015.
Decker has qualified for next weekend's NEICAAA Championships on the men's side, while Raffone (100 meters) and Hood (10,000 meters) have qualified for the Babson women.