BRUNSWICK, Maine.- The Babson men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Maine State Invitational at Bowdoin's Pickard Field to preview the NCAA New England Regional Championship course on Saturday afternoon. The men placed eight in the 19-team field on the 8k course, while the women finished ninth out of 18 teams on the 6k course.
On the men's side, Junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) made his season debut and finished as the top Beaver running 26:53 to place 32nd overall. Junior exchange student Nando Baumann (Heiden, Switzerland) dipped under the 27-minute mark running 26:54 to finish one spot behind him in 33rd position.
Junior Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) clocked in with a career-best time of 27:31 to place 50th, sophomore Zach Goldberg (Westford, Mass.) came in 78th running 28:20, and first-year Collin Regan (Rochester, N.Y.) posted a time of 28:25 to place 82nd, which was two spots ahead of senior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) who crossed the finish line in 28:30 . First-year Joseph Marwill (Hingham, Mass.) ran 28:56 to round out the team's top-seven.
On the women's side, junior Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was the top finisher for the Green and White, running 24:15 to place 42nd on the 6k course. Sophomore Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.) ran 25:03 to place 72nd, while first-year Hannah Piispanen (Winchester, Mass.) came in three spots behind her running 25:09.
Senior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) clocked in at 25:26 to place 85th, and breaking into the top-100 were first-year Vivian Lehman (Weston, Mass.), who placed 91st running 25:39, and sophomore Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.), who ran 25:42 to place 93rd.
Senior Emily MacDonald (East Sandwich, Mass.) made her season debut to round out the Beavers top-seven, crossing the finish line in 26:08.
The Beavers will have a week off before returning to action at the Connecticut College Invitational on October 13 at Harkness Park in Waterford, Conn. The men's race begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the women's race at 12 p.m.
• Dynan, Winicki and MacDonald all competed for the first time this season on Saturday. Additionally, Lewis ran for the first time since the season-opening meet on August 31 at Wheaton.
• Piispanen, Lehman, and fellow first-years Alida Beste (Burlington, Vt.), Bridget Krauss (Marco Island, Fla.) and Amanda Karch (Sandwich, Mass.) all made their 6k debut on Saturday. In addition to November's regional championship, the Green and White will also compete at the 6k distance at Connecticut College in two weeks.
• The men's race featured five of the 10 programs in the most recent USTFCCCA regional rankings, while the women's meet had three regionally-ranked squads, including No. 3 Tufts and No. 5 Brandeis.