Track & Field Sets Three School Records, Earns Nine All-New England Honors at NCAA Regionals

Track & Field Sets Three School Records, Earns Nine All-New England Honors at NCAA Regionals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams combined to set three school records and earned nine all-region awards at the NCAA New England Championships on Saturday at MIT. he Beaver men scored 18 points to tie for 16th place out of 32 scoring teams, while the women finished in a tie for 30th position.

Earning individual all-region honors on the men's side were senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.), the NEWMAC 800-meter run champion, who finished second in a competitive field running 1:51.35., and junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.), who ran a season-best 3:56.29 for fourth place in the 1500 meters. The quartet of Decker, Dynan and sophomores Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) and Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) ran a school-record 7:52.78 in the 4x800-meter relay to place fourth.

Sophomore Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.), cleared a school-record 6-feet, 3.25-inches in the high jump, while Arora ran a career-best 1:56.80 in the 800 meters.

On the women's side, junior Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.), the NEWMAC 100-meter dash champion, advanced out of Friday night's prelims running 12.33 to win her heat and earn the fourth-seed heading into Saturdays final, where she finished eighth with a time of 12.53 to collect her first all-region honor. Junior Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) ran her second fastest 800-meter run time (2:21.04) before joining senior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee. N.J)  and first-years Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.), and Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) to run 9:47.72 in the 4x800-meter relay as the quartet earned all-region honors and set a new school record.

The Beavers return to action next Friday when they head to Dartmouth College for the NEICAAA Championships.