Men Equal 2012 Squad For Best Regional Finish Since 1995
WESTFIELD, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up the 2016 campaigns with a number of strong performances at the NCAA New England Championships on Saturday afternoon at Stanley Park. The men came in 16th in a 56-team field, while the women finished 45th overall.
In the men's 8k race, the Beavers were led by sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.), who finished with a personal best time of 25:33 to come in 38th in a field of 384 runners. Junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) also recorded the fastest time of his career by 26 seconds as he crossed the finish line in 26:01 to come in 69th.
Junior Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.) finished 110th with a time of 26:38, while classmate Scott Atwood's (West Newbury, Mass.) time of 27:20.46 was good for 143rd place. First-year Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) posted a personal-best time of 27:49.49, junior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) came in in 28:25 and first-year Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) rounded out Babson's harriers with a time of 29:15.
Sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) was the Beavers' top finisher in the women's 6k race as she posted a season-best time of 24:04 to come in 149th. Classmate Emily MacDonald (East Sandwich, Mass.) capped a terrific season by shattering her previous personal best by 49 seconds to record a time of 25:54 on Saturday.
Junior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) recorded a season-best time of 26:10, while first-year Jenna Sweeney (Forestdale, Mass.) came in with a time of 27:00 to finish 11 seconds ahead of sophomore teammate My-Linh DeBonis (Framingham, Mass.). Senior Rebecca Jacobs (Thornhill, Ontario), who was competing in the final race of her career, and first-year Maeve Sullivan (Wilmington, Mass.) also finished with their top 6k results of the fall for the Green and White.
• Dynan's time of 25:33 is the sixth fastest time in program history and the second best time at Westfield State behind Mark Gulesian's '15 time of 25:26 at the 2012 regional meet.
• Both the men's and women's races featured seven nationally ranked teams.