Meet Preview: Track & Field at the NEICAAA Championships

Meet Preview: Track & Field at the NEICAAA Championships

Track & Field at the NEICAAA Championships
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13
Lee Track & Field Complex at Weston Field—Williamstown, Mass.

NEICAAA PERFORMANCE LIST

THE SETUP
Seven members of the Babson College men's and women's track & field teams return to Williams for the second weekend in a row, this time to take part in the New England Championships. The event brings together the top Division I, II and III athletes to compete in 36 events in addition to the decathlon and heptathlon.

WHAT TO KNOW
The Beavers begin competition with three events on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Angelina Raffone will run in the 100-meter dash prelims at 5:30 p.m., classmate Katherine Tamulionis will compete in the 400-meter hurdles prelims at 6:10 p.m., and fellow sophomore Chaela Hood is set to take part in the 10,000-meter run at 8:55 p.m. Junior John Decker qualified for the men's 800-meter run, but will only be competing with Babson's 4x400-meter relay team on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Green and White is coming off a banner performance at last weekend's NCAA New England Championships, which included four school records and six all-region awards. Decker shattered his own school record to win the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.98 that ranks seventh among Division III competitors. Sophomore Matthew Dynan earned All-New England honors and broke his own school record with a time of 3:54.73 in the 1500-meter run, and senior JD Greenfield bettered his previous program record with a time of 49.64 in the 400-meter dash. The trio also combined with sophomore Gabe Ficht to post a school-record time of 3:19.12 in the 4x400-meter relay and earn all-region accolades for the second year in a row.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers put together a pair of strong results at last weekend's NCAA New England Championships, which included breaking an 11-year school record in the 4x800-meter relay. Hood, juniors Melanie Plattner and Natasha Kellas, and first-year Stephanie Rodriguez recorded a time of 9:54.79 to better the previous school mark by more than 21 seconds. Raffone also competed in the 100-meter dash and missed the finals by just 0.12 seconds with her time of 12.68.

NEW TO THE SCENE
The Beavers will compete in the NEICAAA Championships for the first time this weekend at Williams.

LOOKING AHEAD
Babson will compete in the MIT Last Chance Meet next Thursday. Additionally, Decker's time in the 800 meters has him in good position to be one of 22 qualifiers for the Division III Championships, which will be held from May 25-27 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

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