Track & Field: NCAA New England Championships Preview

Track & Field: NCAA New England Championships Preview

Track & Field at the NCAA New England Championships
Friday, May 5—4:30 p.m. | Saturday, May 6—10 a.m.
Lee Track & Field Complex at Weston Field—Williamstown, Mass.

PERFORMANCE LIST

THE SETUP
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will send 12 athletes to this weekend's NCAA New England Championships at Williams. The Beavers have qualified for three events beginning on Friday afternoon and a full slate of events on Saturday.

2016 NCAA NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
Five different athletes earned all-region honors as the men placed 28th and the women 30th in the NCAA New England Championships at Springfield College on May 6-7, 2016. Junior John Decker set a school record, which he has since broken, with a time of 1:53.02 in the 800-meter run, and later teamed with senior JD Greenfield and sophomores Matthew Dynan and Gabe Ficht to come in seventh in the 4x400-meter relay. Classmate Abby Slater finished eighth in the heptathlon to become just the sixth female in school history to take home All-New England laurels.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White set a pair of school records and placed eighth at the NEWMAC Championships last Saturday at MIT. Sophomore Angelina Raffone shattered her previous record with a time of 12.38 to finish fourth in the 100-meter dash, while classmate Katherine Tamulionis bested her own school record with a time of 15.62 to place fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Tamulionis (400 hurdles) and fellow sophomore Chaela Hood (10,000 meters) both came in third in their respective events, while senior Paris Ekman recorded a seventh-place showing in the pole vault.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers enter the NCAA regionals after finishing fifth at the NEWMAC Championships last Saturday. Decker, who was selected as the conference's track athlete of the year, won both the 800 and 1500 meters, and added a third victory in the 4x400-meter relay alongside Greenfield, Dynan and Ficht. First-year Sean Rezendes set a new school record by clearing 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump, while junior Sayin Shute and first-year Sean Haney placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. In addition to his success in the relay, Ficht qualified for the regionals with his time of 50.62 in the 400-meter dash.

HONORED BY HIS PEERS
Head coach Russ Brennen was selected as the NEWMAC men's track & field Coach of the Year on Wednesday after leading the Beavers to three event victories and five all-conference awards last Saturday.

LOOKING FOR MORE
Decker, who is the only male in program history with four NEWMAC event titles, is aiming to become the first men's athlete to earn all-region honors in three consecutive seasons this weekend at Williams. He enters the meet with the third fastest 800-meter time (1:52.90) in the region this spring.

SPRINTING INTO THE POSTSEASON
The Green and White will return to Williams next Friday to compete in the NEICAAA Championships at Williams, with hopes of qualifying for the MIT Last Chance Meet and the NCAA National Championships later this month.

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