Dynan Wins Event For Second Consecutive Year as Men Claim Seven of Top Eight Spots
NORTON, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2016 campaign by splitting a dual meet at Wheaton College on Friday afternoon. Led by sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.), the Beaver men breezed to a 17-55 victory, while the women fell to the Lyons, 15-52.
Dynan jumped out in front early and finished with a time of 16:30 to win the 5k event for the second year in a row. Junior Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.) came in second with a time of 17:27, while Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) was third in a time of 17:35.
Junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) finished fifth with a time of 17:43 in his first race since 2014, and was followed closely behind by first-year Andrew Pokorny (New York, N.Y.), who recorded a time of 17:43 in his collegiate debut. Junior Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) came in seventh with a time of 18:01, while first-year Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) was 10 seconds behind him in eighth place.
Overall, the Green and White claimed 10 of the top 12 spots in the meet.
On the women's side, sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) and junior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) finished two seconds apart to place sixth and seventh, respectively, for Babson. Hood posted a time of 13:00 in the two-mile meet, while Plattner crossed the finish line in a time of 13:02.
Sophomore My-Linh DeBonis (Framingham, Mass.) came in 11th overall with a time of 13:41. Junior Heather Murphy (Perrineville, N.J.) was two spots behind her in 13th position with a time of 14:06, while first-year Jenna Sweeney (Forestdale, Mass.) came in 15th with a time of 14:15 in her collegiate debut.
Sophomore Emily MacDonald (East Sandwich, Mass.) finished 16th in a time of 14:23 and first-year Maeve Sullivan (Wilmington, Mass.) crossed the finish line just 12 seconds behind her in 17th place.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it takes part in the Smith Invitational beginning at 11 a.m.