BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a 2018 campaign that included four school records and the program's first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) individual title since 2015, the Babson College women's track & field team will look to build upon its success in 2019.
SETTING THE STANDARD
Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Russ Brennen, the Beavers return 11 athletes from a squad that placed eighth at the conference meet last season. Included in this group are a pair of school-record holders and six NCAA New England Championships qualifiers.
SPRINTING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) is coming off a remarkable 2018 season that saw her set two school records, finish first in the 100-meter dash at the NEWMAC Championships, and earn all-region honors at the NCAA New England meet. She set a new school mark in the 200 meters (26.34) in the final meet of the regular season and then became the program's first NEWMAC individual champion and broke her own school mark with a time of 12.20 in the 100 meters.
LONG DISTANCE LEADER
Senior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) is a three-time NCAA regional championships qualifier and a two-time NEICAAA Championships qualifier. She has posted back-to-back top-five finishes in the 10,000 meters at the conference meet and recorded a career-best time of 39:25.46 in the event at the NEICAAA meet last May.
Sophomore Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) became the first athlete in program history to compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase last April. Additionally, she qualified for the NCAA regional meet in the 4x800-meter relay and is part of Babson's school record in the event.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
The Beavers bring back many of their top mid-distance and distance runners, highlighted by the return of junior Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala), who qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in the 800 meters and was part of the program's school record in the 4x800-meter relay. Sophomore Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) was also part of the program record in the relay, classmate Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.) came in ninth at the league meet in the 5000 meters, and junior Maeve Sullivan (Wilmington, Mass.) and sophomore Julia Lawlor (Duxbury, Mass.) both competed primarily in the 1500 meters last spring. Additionally, sophomore Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.) looks to return from injury after being limited to just two meets as a rookie.
Sophomores Ana Lamoso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Eve Rice (Marblehead, Mass.) are coming off solid rookie campaigns that saw them improve their times consistently throughout the year. Both posted their best finishes of the season in the 400 meters at the league meet, while Lamoso also added a season-best finish in the 400-meter hurdles at NEWMACs.
MANY NEW FACES
For the second year in a row Brennen has an 11-member first-year class that will look to make immediate contributions on the track. The rookie class, which includes one sophomore, has first-year athletes from six different states.
The Green and White begins the 2019 campaign along the San Diego Bay at Point Loma University on March 16. The Beavers make their full team debut at Bridgewater State on March 23 and will compete over six consecutive weekends leading up to the NEWMAC Championships on April 27.