Cross Country at the Saratoga Invitational
Saturday, September 30—11 a.m. (M)/12 p.m. (W)
Saratoga Spa State Park—Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams will travel to the Saratoga Invitational, which is hosted by Rensselaer, for the first time in program history on Saturday. The men will compete in an 8k race starting at 11 a.m., while the women's 5k race is set to begin at 12 p.m.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers are coming off a seventh-place finish at the 40-team UMass Dartmouth Invitational back on September 16. Junior Matthew Dynan made a late charge to post his second victory in as many races with a career-best time of 25:23 in the 8k event. Senior John Decker came in 11th with a personal-best time of 25:45, while classmate Jonathan Miller placed 47th with a time of 26:46. First-year Zach Goldberg also ran a strong race and finished with a time of 27:21 in his 8k debut.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White returns to action for the first time in two weeks on Saturday after finishing 19th at the 40-team UMass Dartmouth Invitational on September 16. Sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez came in 31st with a time of 19:24 on the 5k course, while junior Chaela Hood crossed the finish line with a time of 20:30. Senior Melanie Plattner (20:53) and first-year Emma Cavanaugh (20:54) were separated by one second, and fellow first-year Caroline Winicki recorded a time of 21:05 in her 5k debut.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
The host Engineers, who are ranked seventh in the USTFCCCA men's national poll and 16th in the women's poll, won both races last season at Saratoga Spa State Park. Nationally-ranked Bates (women 15th, men 21st) leads a New England contingent that also features NEWMAC rivals Coast Guard and Wheaton, while both the men's and women's field will feature a pair of regionally-ranked squads from New York.
The Beavers will compete in their first event outside of New England in 17 years on Saturday when they take part in the Saratoga Invitational. The Green and White last left the region to take part in the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C., back in 2000.
In addition to personal-best times by Dynan and Decker at UMass Dartmouth, junior Austin Henry trimmed 54 seconds off his previous best when he crossed the finish line in 28:10.
Saturday's meet marks the first of three straight weeks of competition for Babson. The Beavers travel to Maine for the Saint Joseph's Runnin' Monks Invitational next Saturday, and will be in Waterford, Conn., for the Connecticut College on October 14.