BABSON PARK, Mass.—After recording the highest point total in school history at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships last spring, the Babson College men's track & field team is looking to ascend to new heights in 2019.
TAKE YOUR MARKS
Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Russ Brennen, the Green and White returns 10 members of last year's team that placed fifth at the conference meet. The Beavers set five school records in 2018 and seven of their 10 returners enter the 2019 campaign holding either and individual school record or are part of a program mark in a relay event.
BORN TO RUN
A three-time NCAA New England Championships qualifier and two-time all-conference honoree, senior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) enters the year as one of the top runners in program history. The school-record holder in the 1500 meters, he also is part of Babson's school records in a pair of relay events, and has earned all-region honors in the 1500 meters in each of the last two seasons.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Junior Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.) and senior Andrew Myers (Bethlehem, Pa.) both put together a number of strong performances in 2018. Rezendes, who has qualified for NCAA regionals in both the high jump and long jump, broke his own school record by clearing 6-feet, 3.25 inches in the high jump last spring. Myers, who has also cleared 6-feet in the high jump, recorded a leap of more 40 free in the triple jump at the conference meet, while junior Kalyan Ramkumar (Delmar, N.Y.) posted two top-15 finishes in the triple jump last season.
WATCH MY SPEED
A two-time NCAA New England Championships qualifier in the 100 meters, senior Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.) comes into the 2019 campaign with the third fastest time in the 200-meter dash and the fifth best time in school history in the 100-meter dash. Both Shute and junior Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.), who recorded the top times of his career in the 100 and 200 meters last spring, were part of the Beavers' school record in the 4x100-meter relay at last year's NEWMAC Championships.
CLEARING ALL THE HURDLES
First-year Ethan Kohanik (Delran, N.J.) is coming off a fantastic rookie campaign that saw him set a new school record with a time of 58.22 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish sixth at the NEWMAC Championships in late April. Kohanik also qualified for the NCAA regional meet, while junior Jeremie Cabling (Hawthorne, N.J.) placed 12th at the league meet in the 110-meter hurdles.
COMING ON STRONG
Juniors Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) and Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) both recorded the top times of their respective careers in the 800 meters last season, and finished less than a half-second apart in eighth and ninth position at the conference meet. Arora and Virkler also both participated at the NCAA New England Championships and NEICAAA Championships, and helped the Green and White set a new school mark in the 4x800-meter relay.
In addition to its strong core of returning talent, Brennen brought in an eight-man first-year class that includes athletes from five different states and two countries.
The Green and White begins the 2019 campaign along the San Diego Bay at Point Loma University on March 16. The Beavers make their full team debut at Bridgewater State on March 23 and will compete over six consecutive weekends leading up to the NEWMAC Championships on April 27.