Cross Country at the Connecticut College Invitational
Saturday, October 3—11 a.m. (women)/12 p.m. (men)
Harkness Memorial Park—Waterford, Conn.
The Babson men's and women's cross country teams will return to action for the first time since September 19 at the Connecticut College Invitational after the Keene State Invitational was cancelled due to poor course conditions two weeks ago. The men will run an 8k race while the women will take part in a 6k race in preparation for next month's NCAA New England Championships on the same course.
LAST TIME AT HARKNESS MEMORIAL PARK (CONNECTICUT COLLEGE)
The Beavers return to Harkness Park for the first time since the 2007 NCAA New England Championships, when the women finished 33rd out of 54 squads and the men came in 34th in the 54-team field. Claudia Schulz '08 was the Beavers' top finisher in the women's 6k race, posting a time of 23:26 to place 74th, while Andy O'Brien crossed the finish line with a time of 27:45 in the 8k race to finish in 159th position.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
The Babson men are coming off a 12th-place showing in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational back on September 19. First-year Matthew Dynan came in 17th with a time of 25:54.87 on the 8k course, good for the eighth-best time in school history. Classmate Walker 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 during the week of September 21.
• 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.