Men Place 6th, Women 10th at Corsair Classic

Men Place 6th, Women 10th at Corsair Classic

DARTMOUTH, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams combined to record 12 top-five finishes on Sunday the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Classic. The men came in sixth out of 18 teams with 70.5 points, while the women placed 10th out of 14 squads with 23 points.

The Beavers dominated the men's middle distance events as junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) and sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) finished first and second in both the 800-meter run and 1500-meter run. Decker won the 800 meters by 0.55 seconds with a time of 1:57.85 and then crossed the finish line just 0.41 seconds ahead of Dynan in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:01.35. The duo also combined with senior JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.) for a second-place showing in the 4x400-meter relay.

Ficht finished seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.32, while Greenfield crossed the finish line in 51.98 seconds in the 400-meter dash, which was good for eighth position. Junior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) and sophomore Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and classmate Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.) finished fifth with a time of 11.33 in the 100-meter dash.

The Green and White fared well in the field events for the second meet in a row, led by sophomore Andrew Myers' (Bethlehem, Pa.) tie for fifth place in the high jump. First-year Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.) came in ninth in the high jump and was sixth in the long jump with a leap of 19-feet, 1.25-inches, while classmates Drew Guadagno (Plymouth, Mass.) and Kalyan Ramkumar (Delmar, N.Y.) placed ninth in the javelin and triple jump, respectively.

The Beavers got strong individual performances from a number of competitors in the women's half of the meet, led by a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles from sophomore Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.), who crossed the finish line with a NCAA regional championships qualifying time of 16.25. First-year Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) came in fourth with a time of 13.11 in the 100-meter dash and placed 10th with a time of 27.79 in the 200-meter dash.

First-year Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) came in fourth with a time of 2:26.59 in the 800-meter run, which was just over seven seconds ahead of junior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.), who came in ninth. Platter also placed 13th in the 1500 meters, while sophomore Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded an eighth-place showing with a time of 19:31.00 in the 5000-meter run.

Senior Nicole Smith (Barrington, R.I.) placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles, and classmate Melissa Perlman (Bentonville, Ark.) came in eighth in the discus, 10th in the shot put and 15th in the hammer throw.

Babson returns to action next Saturday at the AIC Invitational.

MEET NOTES
•    Decker and Dynan both qualified for the NCAA New England Championships in the 1500 meters.
•    First-year Swathi Nachiappan (Short Hills, N.J.) came in 12th in the women's 400-meter hurdles and 13th in the 100-meter hurdles.
•    First-year Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) came in ninth in the men's 100-meter dash.
•    The Beavers were competing at UMass Dartmouth for the first time since 2014.

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