LEOMINSTER, Mass.—Babson College senior Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) posted one of the top times in program history to help the women's team place seventh, while the men's squad finished sixth at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational hosted by Fitchburg State University on Saturday.
Rodriguez posted a time of 18:58 on the Doyle Conservation Center 5k course to edge Emily Wasina of the University of New England by seven seconds. Her time is good for the seventh fastest in program history, and she is now one of just three Babson females along with Marina Capalbo '15 and Lydia Halloran '05 to break the 19-minute mark in the 5k.
Junior Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) just missed setting a new personal best with her time of 21:24 to finish 39th overall, while classmate Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.) placed 50th with her time of 21:48. First-year Laurel Roney (Mahomet, Ill.) crossed the finish line in 22:02, sophomore Amanda Karch (Sandwich, Mass.) followed just behind her in 22:14, and junior Julia Lawlor (Duxbury, Mass.) was just two seconds off the best time of her career finishing the race in 22:15.
On the men's side, first-year Gabriel Ortega (Pompano Beach, Fla.) put together a strong race for the second weekend in a row, coming in 16th with an 8k time of 27:43. Sophomore Collin Regan (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished 20th in a time of 28:15, and sophomore Joseph Marwill (Hingham, Mass.) grabbed 24th place with a time of 28:28.
Senior Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) came in 28th after crossing the finish line in 28:44, while classmate Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) placed 37th in a time of 29:08. First-year Dylan Raimondi (Quincy, Mass.) posted a time of 29:26 and sophomore Michael Cantaluppi (Randolph, N.J.) was two seconds behind him as both added top-50 finishes for the Green and White.
Babson returns to competition on October 5 when it travels to the Keene State Invitational.
• The individual victory by Rodriguez was the first by a Babson female since Marina Capalbo '15 won the Emmanuel Invitational on October 17, 2014.
• The Beavers were competing at the Jim Sheehan Invitational for the first time.