Men Finish 10th, Women 21st at Connecticut College Invitational

Men Finish 10th, Women 21st at Connecticut College Invitational

WATERFORD, Conn.—Eight runners crossed the finish line with new personal-best times for the Babson College men's and women's cross country teams as they competed at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday at Harkness Park. The men came in 10th overall, while the women finished 21st.

Sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) was top female finisher for the Green and White with a time of 24:16 in the 6k race, good for 95th position. Classmate My-Linh DeBonis (Framingham, Mass.) posted a time of 26:26, first-year Jenna Sweeney (Forestdale, Mass.) was eight spots behind her with a time of 26:42 and sophomore Emily MacDonald (East Sandwich, Mass.) came in just one second behind her with a new personal record of 26:43.

On the men's side, sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) trimmed 16 seconds off his previous best time, crossing the finish line in 25:38 to come in 24th overall. Junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) finished 55th with a personal-best time of 26:27, while classmate Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.) came in 65th with a time of 26:31.

Fellow junior Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) recorded an 88th-place finish after finishing the 8k course in 27:01 to cut 38 seconds off his previous best time. Classmate Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) set a new PR with a time of 28:13, as did first-year Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.), who cut nearly a minute off his previous best, and crossed the finish line in a time of 28:18.

The Beavers will take next weekend off before competing at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at Smith College on October 29.

MEET NOTES
•    Saturday's race was the third at Harkness Park in the last two seasons for Babson.
•    The Beavers were one of six NEWMAC schools to compete in Saturday's meet, and the men came in second among the group behind WPI, which finished sixth overall.
•    First-years Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) and Andrew Pokorny (New York, N.Y.) both posted new PRs, finishing the course in 29:02 and 29:04, respectively.

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