NEWMAC Track & Field Championships
Saturday, April 29—11 a.m.
Steinbrenner Stadium—Cambridge, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams travel to MIT for the second Saturday in a row to compete in the 2017 NEWMAC Championships. The men have finished fifth in three of the last four years, while the women's squad has come in eighth in each of the last two seasons.
2016 NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Babson men set three school records and collected a pair of all-conference awards while scoring the most points at a conference meet in school history on the way to a fifth-place finish at Coast Guard. The Green and White also set a pair of school records in the women's half of the meet and finished eighth overall. Sophomore Matthew Dynan came in second in the 800-meter run, while senior Sam LaPointe (100 meters) and classmate JD Greenfield (400 meters) both bettered their previous school records. Fellow senior Melissa Perlman shattered her own program marks in both the women's shot put and discus, and classmate Paris Ekman came in fourth in the pole vault.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers have enjoyed a strong spring and enter Saturday's league meet coming off a number of solid performances last weekend. Junior John Decker, who earned all-conference honors in 2015, broke his own school record to win the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.90 at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, while Greenfield won the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.69 at MIT. Dynan set a new program record at Connecticut College back on April 15, and junior Sayin Shute (100 meters), classmate Ryan Colaco (3000-meter steeplechase), sophomore Andrew Myers (high jump), and first-year Sean Haney (100 meters) all rank in the top eight among NEWMAC competitors in their respective events.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers have had a strong regular season that includes four school records and a number of top individual performances. Sophomore Katherine Tamulionis, who placed third in the 400-meter hurdles and third in the 100-meter hurdles, combined with junior Melanie Plattner and first-years Stephanie Rodriguez and Taline Karozichian to set a new school record in the 4x400-meter relay last Saturday at MIT. Sophomore Angelina Raffone (100 meters), Perlman (hammer) and Tamulionis (400 meters) also have set school records this season, while Ekman, the program record holder in the pole vault, has finished first at two meets this year. Additionally, sophomore Chaela Hood enters the league meet with the sixth fastest time (39:56.05) among NEWMAC competitors in the 10,000-meter run.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Decker (2015), who owns the top time in the region this season in the 800 meters, and Dynan (2016) have both earned all-conference accolades in the event over the last two seasons.
• Dynan's time of 3:55.31 in the 1500 meters ranks first in the NEWMAC and is the fourth best time among competitors from New England this spring.
• Nationally-ranked MIT has won 16 consecutive NEWMAC men's championships and each of the last eight women's titles.
• Decker, Dynan, Greenfield and Shute have all qualified for next weekend's NCAA New England Championships on the men's side, while Ekman, Hood, Raffone and Tamulionis have all qualified for the Babson women entering Saturday's league meet.