Beavers Have 12 Harriers Record Season-Best Times at Franklin Park
BOSTON—The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams had 12 runners post their best times of the season at the Codfish Bowl on Saturday at Franklin Park. The men came in third overall, while the women's squad finished 17th.
Sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) continued his run of strong performances by finishing first among collegiate runners and fifth overall with a season-best time of 26:30 on the 8k course. Junior Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) crossed the finish line with a time of 27:50 to come in 20th overall, while classmate Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.) finished two spots behind him with a time of 27:54.
First-year Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) cut nearly 40 seconds off his previous best time to finish 37th among collegiate harriers (50th overall) with a time of 29:07. Sophomore Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) finished the course with a time of 29:50 to finish 75th overall, while sophomore Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) posted a time of 30:06 to come in 82nd.
In the women's 5k race, sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beavers for the third straight meet with a time of 20:58, good for 38th place among collegiate runners. Classmate My-Linh DeBonis (Framingham, Mass.) crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 22:29 and first-year Jenna Sweeney (Forestdale, Mass.) was eight spots behind her in 78th place with a time of 22:48.
Sophomore Emily MacDonald (East Sandwich, Mass.) finished the course in 22:53 to match the best time of her career. Junior Heather Murphy (Perrineville, N.J.) recorded a time of 25:23, while first-year Maeve Sullivan (Wilmington, Mass.) finished six seconds behind her at 25:29.
Babson returns to action on Saturday, October 8 when it heads to Westfield State for the James Earley Invitational.
• The Beavers competed at the Codfish Bowl for the first time since 2009 on Saturday.
• Babson's men have now finished second and third in back-to-back meets.
• The Green and White were one of just nine Division III squads to compete at Franklin Park on Saturday.