Beavers Post Four NCAA New England Championships Qualifying Results at Opening Meet
BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams set one school record, posted five event victories and recorded eight top-five results to open the season at the non-scoring Bridgewater State Invitational on Saturday.
Sophomore Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.), who was making her debut for the Beavers, had arguably the top showing the day as she finished third and set a new school record with a time of 1:01.30 in the 400-meter dash. She also came in 17th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.28.
Senior Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) won the pole vault and qualified for the NCAA regional championships by clearing 10-feet, 6-inches, and first-year Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) came in seventh with a time of 27.45 in the 200 meters. Sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) also finished 13th in the 10000-meter run with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 40:42.30.
First-year Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) came in 12th in the 400 meters, sophomore Emily MacDonald (East Sandwich, Mass.) recorded a personal-best time of 20:01.83 to finish 14th in the 5000-meter run, and junior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) posted a 15th-place result in the 1500-meter run. Senior Melissa Perlman (Bentonville, Ark.) also finished 14th in the discus.
The Green and White had a terrific day in the men's half of the meet, highlighted by victories and NCAA regional championship qualifying times by junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) and sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.). Decker crossed the finish line in a time of 3:59.61 to win the 1500-meter run and Dynan posted a time of 15:21.12 in the 5000-meter run.
Senior JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) came in third with a time of 2:01.77 in the 800 meters, and the Beavers placed five competitors in the top 10 in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.) finished third with a time of 51.72, while first-year Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.), classmate Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.), Decker and fellow first-year Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) claimed spots seven through 10.
Arora added a ninth-place result in the 1500 meters, sophomore Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.) came in eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23:49, and first-year Jeremie Cabling (Hawthorne, N.J.) finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. First-year Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.) and sophomore Andrew Myers (Bethlehem, Pa.) tied for fifth and eighth place, respectively, in the high jump, and junior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) came in 10th with a personal-best time of 16:03.11 in the 5000-meter run.
Ficht, Arora, Virkler and Greenfield helped the Green and White capture the men's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:29.64.
Babson returns to action next Saturday at the Coast Guard Academy Invitational.
• Sophomore Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) recorded a personal-best time of 16:33.51 in the 5000 meters.
• Dynan's time of 15:21.12 in the men's 5000 meters was the fourth best in school history.
• First-year Drew Guadagno (Plymouth, Mass.) throw of 154-feet, 11-inches in the javelin is the fourth best result in program history.
• Raffone's time of 27.45 in the women's 200 meters is good for seventh in Babson history.