Cross Country at the Connecticut College Invitational
Saturday, October 14—11 a.m. (M)/12 p.m. (W)
Harkness Park—Waterford, Conn.
The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams will compete for the third week in a row on Saturday in the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Park. The men's 8k race is slated for 11 a.m. and will be followed by the women's 6k meet at 12 p.m.
LAST TIME AT HARKNESS PARK
Eight different runners recorded personal-best times as the men came in 10th and the women 21st at the 2016 Connecticut College Invitational on October 15 at Harkness Park. Junior Matthew Dynan came in 24th overall with a time of 25:38 in the men's 8k race, while classmate Chaela Hood was the women's top finish with a 6k time of 24:16.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White enters its first 6k race of the season following a second-place showing at Saint Joseph's Runnin' Monks Invitational last Saturday in Maine. Sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez (22:11) and senior Melanie Plattner (22:12) came in fourth and fifth, respectively, while Hood (22:23) placed sixth and first-year Camille Lewis (22:52) finished eighth for the Beavers, who posted nine of the top 16 times. In addition to Plattner and Hood, senior Heather Murphy, junior Emily MacDonald and sophomores Jenna Sweeney and Maeve Sullivan are the only Babson harriers that have participated in a 6k meet at the collegiate level.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers' strong 2017 campaign continued with a first-place finish at the Runnin' Monks Invitational last Saturday. Senior Jonathan Miller came in fourth, junior Austin Henry was fifth, and first-year Zach Goldberg and sophomore Samir Arora were separated by just eight seconds in seventh and eighth position, respectively. Senior John Decker and Dynan, who were separated by just one second to finish inside the top five at the Saratoga Invitational at September 30, and senior Scott Atwood did not compete at Saint Joseph's last Saturday.
The Connecticut College Invitational once again will feature some of the top teams in the region. The men's and women's programs at Middlebury, Bates, Tufts all appear in both the USTFCCCA New England regional poll, while the host Camels have the region's eighth-ranked men's squad.
Dynan, who has two victories and three top-five finishes in three starts this year, become the only men's runner in program history to break the 26-minute mark with his time of 25:38 last fall at Harkness Park.
Nine of Babson's 13 female harriers finished with career-best times in the 5k at the Saratoga Invitational back on September 30 at Saratoga Spa State Park.
PUSHING THE DISTANCE
The Green and White has seven female runners that will take part in their first 6k collegiate meet on Saturday at Harkness Park. The race will serve as preparation for the NCAA New England Championships in Gorham, Maine, on November 11.
Following Saturday's meet, the Green and White is back in action at the NEWMAC Championships on October 29.