Women's Cross Country

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Meet Preview: Cross Country at the Keene State Invitational

Meet Preview: Cross Country at the Keene State Invitational

Cross Country at the Keene State Invitational
Saturday, October 3—11 a.m.
Owl Athletic Complex—Keene, N.H.

The Babson men's and women's cross country teams will return to action after a weekend off when they compete at the Keene State Invitational on Saturday morning. The men will run an 8k race while the women will take part in a 5k race. 

The Beavers return to Keene State for the first time since 2010 when the women finished third out of six squads and the men came in fifth in a seven-team field. Charlotte Margel '13 finished fourth overall in the women's 2-mile run, while AJ Skains '14 was the Green and White's top harrier in the men's 5k race with a 36th-place result.

The Babson men are coming off a 12th-place showing in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational back on September 19. First-yearMatthew Dynan came in 17th with a time of 25:54.87 on the 8k course, good for the eighth-best time in school history. ClassmateWalker Odell finished 66th with a time of 26:59.18, while fellow first-year Ryan Vandervalk was just a little more than two seconds behind with a time of 27:01.79, good for 72nd position…the Babson women had five of its their six runners post personal-bests en route to a 22nd-place finish in the 43-team event. Sophomore Melanie Plattner posted the Beavers' top time on the 5k course (20:13.10), while first-year Chaela Hood was just over three seconds behind her with a time of 20:16.33. Senior Katie Donovan crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 21.53.92 and first-year My-Linh DeBonis finished less than a second behind her with a time of 21.54.31.

• Dynan's performance at UMass-Dartmouth earned him both NEWMAC Runner of the Week honors and ECAC Division III New England Rookie of the Week accolades.
• Senior Kevin Jang cut nearly two and a half minutes off his previous best 8k time at UMass-Dartmouth, while junior Heather Murphy and first-year Emily MacDonald both finished with personal bests in the women's race.