NEWMAC Cross Country Championships Preview

NEWMAC Cross Country Championships Preview

Cross Country at the NEWMAC Championships
Saturday, October 29—11 a.m. (M)/12:15 p.m. (W)
Smith College—Northampton, Mass.

THE SETUP
The 2016 NEWMAC men's and women's cross country championships, hosted by Smith College, are set for Saturday at the Pioneers' cross country course. The men will run an 8k race starting at 11 a.m., which will be followed by the women's 5k race starting at 12:15 p.m.

LAST TIME AT SMITH
Sophomore Matthew Dynan recorded his second victory of the season to help the men's squad finish second, while the Babson women came in eighth at the Smith Invitational back on September 10. In addition to Dynan's eight-second victory with a time of 27:41, juniors Jonathan Miller and Scott Atwood finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Sophomore Chaela Hood was the Beavers' top female harrier with a time of 21:43, which was good for 18th position overall.

2015 NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
The Green and White finished fourth in the men's race with 127 points, while the Babson women came in 10th with a total of 271 points in the 2015 NEWMAC Championships at Franklin Park in Boston. Dynan came in 25th overall with a time of 27:20 on the 8k course and was one of five Beaver men to finish inside the top 40. Hood posted a personal-best time of 19:40 in the 5k race to cross the finish line in 35th place.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White enters Saturday's conference meet coming off a 20th-place finish at the 6k Connecticut College Invitational on October 15. Hood was the team's top finisher with a time of 24:16, while sophomore My-Linh DeBonis came in second on the team in 26:26. Hood and junior Melanie Plattner own the fastest average times this fall, and are followed by first-year Jenna Sweeney and sophomore Emily MacDonald, who finished with the best time of her career in the 5k at the Codfish Bowl on September 24.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers continued their strong results this fall with a 10th-place finish at the 8k Connecticut College Invitational on October 15. Dynan recorded a new PR (25:38) to come in 24th and junior John Decker recorded a 55th-place finish with a personal-best time of 26:27. Miller owns the second fastest average time on the team behind Dynan, while Atwood, who cut 38 seconds off his previous best time at Connecticut College, is fourth on the squad in average time, just 11 seconds behind Miller and five in back of Dynan.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
MIT, which is ranked second in the women's national poll and fifth on the men's side, is a heavy favorite to repeat in both races. Wellesley is ranked 10th in the New England and will look to push the Engineers in the women's meet, while the men's race appears to be wide open after MIT. The Beavers finished second among NEWMAC squads, behind only WPI, at Connecticut College two weeks ago.

NOTABLE
•    Seven of Babson's nine female harriers have NEWMAC Championship experience.
•    The Babson men have finished fifth in three straight even numbered years since 2010, while finishing fourth in three consecutive odd numbered years (2011, 2013, 2015).
•    Dating back to 2004, the Beavers' lowest point totals at the conference meet came in 2011 for the men (113) and 2010 for the women (152).

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