Cross Country at the NCAA New England Championships
Saturday, November 10—11 a.m. (W) | 12:00 p.m. (M)
Pickard Field Cross Country Course | Brunswick, Maine
• The Babson men's and women's cross country teams will head north to Brunswick, Maine, for the 2018 NCAA New England Championships hosted by the Bowdoin on Saturday.
•The women's 6k race gets the day started at 11 a.m. and is followed by the men's 8k meet at 12:00 p.m.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
•The top two teams and seven individuals from non-qualifying teams earn a spot at the Division III National Championships on November 17 at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.
•The NCAA will announce its 16 at-large selections for nationals on Sunday afternoon.
2017 NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
•Senior Matthew Dynan placed 34th overall running 26:12 to became just the third runner in program history to earn All-New England honors as the Babson men's cross country team finished 19th overall at the NCAA New England Championship on November 11, 2017 at Gorham Country Club.
•The Babson men finished third among New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) squads, totaled 557 points to come in just behind Keene State.
•On the women's side, six runners recorded career-best times as the Babson women's cross country team placed 23rd.
LAST TIME AT BOWDOIN
• The men placed eight in the 19-team field on the 8k course, while the women finished ninth out of 18 teams on the 6k course at the Maine State Invitational on September 29, 2018.
• On the men's side, Dynan made his season debut and finished as the top Beaver running 26:53 to place 32nd overall, while junior exchange student Nando Baumann dipped under the 27-minute mark running 26:54 to finish one spot behind him in 33rd position.
• On the women's side, junior Stephanie Rodriguez was the top finisher for the Green and White, running 24:15 to place 42nd on the 6k course, sophomore Emma Cavanaugh ran 25:03 to place 72nd, and first-year Hannah Piispanen came in three spots behind her running 25:09.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Green and White enters its season finale coming off a seventh-place finish at the NEWMAC Championship at the Smith Cross Country Course back on October 27
• The Beavers total of 197 points was their lowest since 2011, and their seventh-place showing is also the program's best over the last seven seasons.
• Rodriguez and Cavanaugh both crossed the finish line in a time of 20:39 to lead the Beavers to their historic finish.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Beavers enter the NCAA regional meet coming off a fifth-place finish at the NEWMAC Championship at the Smith Cross Country Course on October 27.
• Dynan was the top finisher for the green and white crossing the line in 27:39, while first-year Collin Regan ran 27:47 to come in 27th.
• Junior Nicholas Virkler completed his first race of the season in a time of 29:09 to cross the finish line in 56th position, while Baumann gutted out a time of 29:32 while limping to the finish line to come in 66th after suffering an injury during the race
• Four members of the Babson cross country program were named to their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference squads.
• On the women's side, seniors Chaela Hood and Emily MacDonald were both named to the squad for the third year in a row, while sophomore Grace Regan was selected for the first time in her career.
• Virkler who was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team for the second year in a row, was the lone male recognized.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
• On the men's side, Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, and MIT are the top four teams in the region heading into the weekend.
• Amherst ranks 9th in the country, Williams and Middlebury sit at 12th and 13th, respectively, and MIT ranks 20th.
• On the women's side MIT, Middlebury, Williams, and Wesleyan (Conn.) hold the top four spots in the region.
• MIT ranks 4th in the nation, Middlebury is right behind at 5th, Williams is tied for 7th with Wheaton (Ill.) and, and Wesleyan (Conn.) sits at 10th.
TIMES TO BEAT
• The fastest time by a Babson male at the NCAA New England Championships was 25:26 by Mark Gulesian '15 at Westfield State in 2012.
• Gulesian became just the second male in program history to earn all-region honors with his 22nd-place finish at the Stanley Park Course.
• On the women's side, Capalbo's time of 22:04 not only the Babson time at the regional meet, but also the best 6k time in school history.