Men Finish 16th, Women 45th at NCAA New England Championships

Men Finish 16th, Women 45th at NCAA New England Championships

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.

MEET NOTES
•    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.

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