Women's Cross Country

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Meet Preview: Cross Country at Wheaton

Meet Preview: Cross Country at Wheaton

Cross Country at Wheaton
Friday, August 31 | 5 p.m. (W)/5:30 p.m. (M)
Wheaton Cross Country Course | Norton, Mass.

THE SETUP
• Babson and Wheaton will open the 2018 season with a dual meet for the fourth consecutive season on Friday afternoon in Norton. The women will compete in a 2-mile race, while the men will run a 5K.

2017 DUAL MEET RECAP
• Senior Matthew Dynan and junior Stephanie Rodriguez won their respective races as the Beavers swept Wheaton on September 1, 2017. The men posted a 19-42 victory to defeat the Lyons for the third year in a row, while the women recorded a 21-35 win.
• Dynan, John Decker '18, Jonathan Miller '18 and Scott Atwood '18 all finished in the top five for the Babson men, while Rodriguez, Melanie Plattner '18 and senior Chaela Hood posted top-five results for the women.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Both the Wheaton men and women placed sixth at the NEWMAC Championships in 2017.
• The men's squad returns just four runners, led by sophomore Jack Muldoon who came in 31st in his conference championship debut last fall.
• The women's team brings back eight harriers, highlighted by senior Rebecca Miceli who placed 32nd at last year's conference meet.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• The Beavers came in fourth in the men's race and eighth in the women's race at the 2017 NEWMAC Championships held at Franklin Park.
• One of just six returners on the men's squad, Dynan came in fourth overall to earn his second consecutive all-conference award and placed 34th to earn all-region honors at the NCAA New England Championships last November.
• The Green and White brings back nine harriers, led by Rodriguez and Hood who finished 24th and 46th, respectively, at the league meet.

SETTING THE STANDARD
• The men's squad recorded its lowest point total since 1995 at last season's conference championship, while the women's team recorded its best finish since 2011 at both the NEWMAC and regional championships last fall.

ROOKIES NO MORE
 Zach Goldberg, the lone sophomore on the men's team, finished fourth on the team with an average 8k time of 28:02 as a rookie in 2017. The women's squad also has six sophomores back, which includes Camille Lewis who recorded a career-best time in the 5k at the NEWMAC meet, and the trio of Emma Cavanaugh, Caroline Winicki and Grace Regan who all posted new PRs in the 6k at the NCAA regional championship.

RETURNING TO THE COURSE
• Senior Emily MacDonald and junior Nicholas Virkler are both set to return on Friday after missing all of the 2017 season due to injury.

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