Cross Country at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational
Saturday, September 19—11:15 a.m. (Women)/12 p.m. (Men)
UMD Cross Country Course—North Dartmouth, Mass.
The Babson men's and women's cross country teams return to action for the first time since September 4 on Saturday, competing at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational for the 18th time in the last 20 years. The women will run an 8k race starting at 11:15 a.m., which will be followed by the men's 8k race at 12 p.m.
LAST SEASON AT UMASS-DARTMOUTH
Mark Gulesian '15 posted the third-fastest time in school history to finish seventh overall, while 13 runners posted personal-best times as the men came in eighth and the women finished in 18th position at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on September 20, 2014. Sophomore Jonathan Miller came in 45th overall at last year's race, while classmate Melanie Plattner was the Beavers' top female finisher last season, coming 79th with a time of 19:56.
SCOUTING THE WOMEN
The Beavers, who feature five first-year harriers and have just two runners with more than a year of experience, are looking to build on a number of strong performances at their season-opening two-mile dual meet against Wheaton. First-years Chaela Hood and My-Linh DeBonis came in fourth and ninth, respectively, while senior Katie Donovan finished 14th in her first race since 2013. Junior Heather Murphy and first-year Emily MacDonald both made their Babson debuts two weeks ago, while the trio of Plattner, junior Amy Warner and sophomore Sarah Anthonyshould provide experience this weekend after competing at the UMass-Dartmouth course last season.
SCOUTING THE MEN
The Babson men got off to a tremendous start sweeping the top five spots in the individual standings and placing nine runners in the top 13 against Wheaton. First-year Matthew Dynanwas selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Week on September 8 after finishing with a time of 16:25 in the 5k event, which he won by 42 seconds in his collegiate debut. Classmates Ryan Vandervalk and Austin Henry came in second and fourth, respectively, while Miller and sophomore Scott Atwood came in third and fifth for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Ryan Colaco, one of four returners to compete at UMass-Dartmouth last season, finished ninth against the Lyons.
• Last season's eighth-place finish at the UMD Invitational was the men's best in program history; the women have finished as high as 12th five times, most recently in 2011.
• Six of the men's program's top 10 times have come on the UMass-Dartmouth course.