Meet Preview: Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships

Meet Preview: Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships

Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships
Saturday, November 11—11 a.m. (M) | 12:15 p.m. (W)
Gorham Country Club—Gorham, Maine

THE SETUP
The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams will head north to Gorham Country Club for the 2017 NCAA New England Championships hosted by the University of Southern Maine on Saturday. The men's 8k race gets the day started at 11 a.m., and is followed by the women's 6k meet at 12:15 p.m.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
The top two teams and seven individuals from non-qualifying teams earn a spot at the Division III National Championships on November 18 at the North Farm Cross Country Facility in Elsah, Ill. The NCAA will announce its 16 at-large selections for nationals on Sunday afternoon.

2016 NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Babson men matched the program's best finish since 1995 by coming in 16th, while the Beavers placed 45th in the women's race on November 12 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. Junior Matthew Dynan came in 38th overall with a then-personal-best time of 25:33 in the men's 8k race. Six different runners, three men and three women, recorded new PRs for the Green and White.

LAST TIME AT SOUTHERN MAINE
Marina Capalbo '15 earned All-New England honors for the second year in a row with a 6k school-record time of 22:04 to help the Babson women come in 25th at the 2013 NCAA regional championship at the Narragansett HS course. The Beavers' top five men's runner finished just 51 seconds apart to help the team place 16th overall.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White enters its season finale coming off an eighth-place finish at the NEWMAC Championship at Franklin Park back on October 29. Sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez came in 24th overall with a time of 19:45 in the 5k race, while senior Melanie Plattner placed 34th in a time of 20:05. Three different runners posted the best times of their career at the conference meet, led by first-years Camille Lewis (21:22) and Julia Lawlor (22:13). Lewis also recorded the team's third fastest time (26:01) in the Beavers' only 6k race of the season at Connecticut College behind Rodriguez (24:12) and Hood (25:03) back on October 14.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers enter the NCAA regional meet coming off a fourth-place finish at the NEWMAC Championship at Franklin Park on October 29. Dynan came in fourth for the second year in a row with a time of 25:48 and senior John Decker came in 12th with a time of 26:13 to give Babson two all-conference honorees in the same year for the first time since 2002. First-year Zach Goldberg recorded a career-best time of 27:01 on the 8k course, while junior Austin Henry finished just eight seconds off the best time of his career by crossing the finishing line in 28:18. Sophomore Samir Arora also posted his fastest time of the season (28:12) and his top result in a conference meet.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
The women's race will feature seven nationally-ranked teams, including No. 2 MIT, No. 4 Williams and No. 8 Middlebury. The Engineers, who captured their 11th-straight NEWMAC championship two weeks ago, edged the Ephs by just three points to claim the 2016 regional title. The men's race boasts six nationally-ranked squads, led by No. 6 Amherst and No. 10 MIT. The Engineers nipped Williams in a tiebreaker last season, while the Mammoths came in third.

TIMES TO BEAT
The fastest time by a Babson male at the NCAA New England Championships was 25:26 by Mark Gulesian '15 at Westfield State in 2012. Gulesian became just the second male in program history to earn all-region honors with his 22nd-place finish at the Stanley Park Course. On the women's side, Capalbo's time of 22:04 not only the Babson time at the regional meet, but also the best 6k time in school history.

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