Meet Preview: Track & Field at the Silfen Invitational

Meet Preview: Track & Field at the Silfen Invitational

Track & Field at the Silfen Invitational
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15
David and Lyn Silfen Track (Connecticut College)—New London, Conn.

THE SETUP

The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will travel to Connecticut College to compete in the Silfen Invitational elite and open meets on Friday and Saturday for the second year in a row. The event begins with the decathlon and heptathlon at 2 p.m. on Friday, and will get underway again at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

2016 SILFEN INVITATIONAL RECAP
The Beavers set four school records as the men finished 11th and the women 16th at last year's Connecticut College Silfen Invitational. Senior Sam LaPointe set new program marks in both the 100 meters (11.15) and 200 meters (22.44), sophomore Andrew Myers broke a 14-year old record by clearing 6-feet in the high jump, and Kim Dvorak '16 bettered another 14-year old record with a leap of 16-feet, 6.5-inches in the long jump.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Green and White is coming off a 14th-place showing at the AIC Invitational last Saturday. Sophomore Matthew Dynan finished fourth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:17.42, which was just 0.20 seconds shy of Mark Gulesian's '15 school record. Classmate Sayin Shute placed fifth and qualified for the NCAA New England championships in the 100-meter dash, while first-year Sean Rezendes came in ninth the high jump and 10th in the long jump. Dynan and Decker, who won the 800 and 1500 meters at UMass Dartmouth two weeks ago, have both qualified for the NCAA regionals in the 1500-meter run.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers are coming off a 13th-place finish at the AIC Invitational last Saturday. Senior Paris Ekman won the pole vault for the second time in three meets by clearing 10-feet, 8-inches, while sophomore Katherine Tamulionis came in third with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 1:07.32 in the 400-meter hurdles, and also placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. First-year Stephanie Rodriguez came in 11th in the 800 meters and senior Nicole Smith recorded a 12th-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomore Chaela Hood, who came in 28th in the event last weekend, qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in the 5000-meter run at the season-opening Bridgewater State Invitational back on March 25.

NOTABLE
•    Ekman came in second in the pole vault at last year's Silfen Invitational.
•    Senior Melissa Perlman finished 10th in the discus, 11th in the shot put and 14th in the hammer last year at Connecticut College.
•    Sophomore Sam Gabranski placed fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump at the 2016 Silfen Invitational.

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