Track & Field Sets Three Records as Men Finish 6th, Women 11th at Silfen Invitational

Track & Field Sets Three Records as Men Finish 6th, Women 11th at Silfen Invitational

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams set three school records and put together a number of strong individual performances at the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Beavers came in sixth out of 17 teams on the men's leaderboard, while the women's squad finished 11th overall.

The Green and White opened the weekend in a big way as junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) won the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.20, while sophomore Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) posted a school-record time of 3:55.31 to finish second in the men's 1500 meters. On the women's side, sophomore Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) recorded an NCAA regional qualifying time of 2:21.46 to place 10th in the 800 meters, and junior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) came in sixth the 10000-meter run with a personal-best time of 39:56.05.

Babson continued its success on Saturday with a pair of school-record performances by senior Melissa Perlman (Bentonville, Ark.) and sophomore Angelina Raffone (Westboork, Conn.). Perlman broke her own mark with a toss of 93-feet, 10-inches in the hammer throw, while Raffone's time of 12.78 in the 100-meter dash was good for third place and bettered the program's previous record by 0.11 seconds.

Senior Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) came in second after clearing 10-feet, 8-inches in the pole vault, and Tamulionis had a strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles where she came in third with a time of 1:08.11. Raffone placed 19th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.60, while Perlman also finished 10th in the discus (104-feet) and 17th in the shot put (32-feet, 11-inches).

Sophomore Abby Slater (Clinton, Mass.) came in 10th in the high jump and 13th in the javelin throw with a personal-best of 93-feet, 1-inch. Senior Nicole Smith (Barrington, R.I.) and first-year Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) placed 12th and 17th, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles and the 800-meter run.

Not to be outdone, the Beaver men had a terrific day that was highlighted by sophomore Sayin Shute's (Lexington, Mass.) second-place result with a personal-best time of 11.17 in the 100-meter dash. Classmate Andrew Myers (Bethlehem, Pa.) came in second by clearing 6-feet in the high jump and also placed 13th in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 18-feet, 11.75-inches.

Sophomore Gabe Ficht (Newburyport, Mass.) finished sixth with a time of 51.79 in the 400 meters, first-year Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.) came in fifth with leap of 20-feet, 2.5-inches in the long jump, and junior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) recorded a seventh-place showing with a personal-best time of 10:27.70 in the 3000-meter steeplechase. First-year Kaylan Ramkumar (Delmar, N.Y.) also placed seventh in the triple jump.

Babson begins a busy four-day stretch of competition with the Holy Cross Multi-Meet on Wednesday morning.

MEET NOTES
•    Decker's time in the 800-meter run ranks him in the top two in the region and top 15 in Division III at this point in the season.
•    Dynan's school-record in the 1500 meters is the third fastest by any New England competitor this season, and also ranks in the top 15 nationally.
•    The Beavers have set seven program records at Connecticut College over the last two years.
•    Ficht (1:58.94) and first-year Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.), who posted a time of 1:57.98, both set new personal bests in Friday's 800-meter run.

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