Cross Country at Wheaton
Friday, August 30 | 2 p.m. (W), 2:30 p.m. (M)
Diane C. Nordin '80 Field | Norton, Mass.
• Babson and Wheaton will open the 2019 season with a dual meet for the fifth year in a row on Friday afternoon in Norton. The women will compete in a 2-mile race, while the men will run a 5K.
2018 DUAL MEET RECAP
• Sophomore Collin Regan came in second for the Babson men and Hannah Piispanen placed third for the women in last year's dual meet at Wheaton.
• The Lyons won the men's race with 22 points to the Beavers' 34 in the 5k, while the Wheaton women secured six of the top eight spots to record a 16-point victory (21-37) in their 2-mile race.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• The Babson women return 11 runners from a team that came in seventh at last year's NEWMAC Championship.
• Senior Stephanie Rodriguez and junior Emma Cavanaugh owned the top 5k and 6k average times last fall, and finished one spot apart after crossing the finish line in 20:39 at the league meet.
• The Babson men bring back six harriers from a team that placed fifth at the conference championship in 2018.
• Regan, who finished 27th at the NEWMAC meet and 71st at the NCAA regional championship, is the Beavers' top returning runner, while seniors Samir Arora and Nicholas Virkler are looking to build on personal-best times set at the NCAA New England Championship last November.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
• The Wheaton women bring back 11 runners from a team that finished eighth in the NEWMAC and 21st at the NCAA New England Championship.
• Sophomore Katherine Leckbee earned all-conference honors at the league meet and placed 30th at the NCAA regional meet last November.
• On the men's side, the Lyons return nine runners after placing sixth at the NEWMAC Championship and 26th at the NCAA New England Championship last fall.
• Junior Will Entwisle was the team's top finisher at the conference meet with his 33rd-place showing.
• The Babson women posted their best finish (7th) and lowest point total (197) since 2011 at last year's conference championship.
• The Babson are coming off a 19th-place result at the NCAA New England Champinoship and have posted three straight top-20 finishes for the first time in school history.
• The Green and White will participate in the Jim Sheenan Memorial Invitational at Fitchburg State for the first time in program history on Saturday, September 7.