Meet Preview: Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships

Meet Preview: Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships

Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships
Saturday, November 12—11 a.m. (W)/12 p.m. (M)
Stanley Park (Westfield State University)—Westfield, Mass.

THE SETUP
The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams will return to Stanley Park for the first time since 2014 to compete in the NCAA New England Championships on Saturday. The women will begin the day with a 6k race at 11 a.m., which will be followed by the men's 8k event at 12 p.m. The top two teams and top seven individuals from non-qualifying teams will earn automatic berths to the Division III National Championships. The NCAA will announce its 16 at-large team selections for the national meet on Sunday.

2015 NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Babson men came in 24th in their 8k meet, while the women finished 36th in their 6k race at the 2015 NCAA Regional Championships at Harkness Park on November 14, 2015, in Waterford, Conn.

LAST TIME AT STANLEY PARK
Mark Gulesian '15 came in third overall to help the Beavers finish seventh out of 37 teams in the men's race, while Marina Capalbo '15 posted an eighth-place result in a field of 426 runners to help the Babson women come in 18th at the Jame Earley Invitational at Stanley Park on October 11, 2014.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers enter the regional meet in fine form after recording their top finish (third) since 2002 at the NEWMAC Championship on October 29 at Smith. Sophomore Matthew Dynan crossed the finish line with a time of 25:55 to finish fourth overall, becoming just the fifth individual in program history to earn all-conference honors in the process. Junior John Decker posted a personal-best time of 26:42 to finish 22nd, while classmate Jonathan Miller was 26th overall with a time of 26:59. The Green and White has put together a terrific season that includes a second-place finish at the Smith Invitational, a third-place result at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park and a 10th-place showing at the Connecticut College Invitational.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers enter the regional championship meet after coming in 11th at the NEWMAC Championship on October 29 at Smith. Sophomore Chaela Hood, who has been Babson's top finisher in all five meets this fall, came in 41st overall with a time of 20:41 on the 5k course. Junior Melanie Plattner came in 58th with a time of 21:17, while sophomore My-Linh DeBonis crossed the finish line in a time of 22:05. Classmate Emily MacDonald improved her personal best by 40 seconds with a time of 22:13 and first-year Jenna Sweeney finished just five seconds off her top time of the fall.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Both the men's and women's races feature seven nationally-ranked teams, which includes five of the nation's top-10 teams in the women's meet. MIT, which captured its 10th straight NEWMAC title two weeks ago, is ranked second in Division III, while five NESCAC schools are currently among the top 19…on the men's side, Williams is ranked third, two spots ahead of NEWMAC champion MIT. Four other NESCAC schools appear in the poll along with 26th-ranked Brandeis.

NOTABLE
The NCAA New England Championships return to Westfield State for the first time since 2012. Babson's men came in 17th in the 50-team field, while the women finished 24th overall.

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