Medford, Mass.- The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams qualified three individuals for the NCAA New England Championship meet when they opened the season at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday. The men's teamed placed 13th out of 20, while the women's squad recorded a 16th place finish in the field of 21.
Senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) started his 2018 track campaign winning the 1500-meter run and qualifying for the NCAA New England Championship meet with a time of 4:00.87. Also notching an NCAA regional mark on the men's side was junior Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.). After advancing to and placing sixth in the finals of the men's 100-meter dash, Shute came back in his third race of the day to record a personal-best 22.95 in the 200-meter dash and earn a spot at the NCAA regional meet.
Sophomore Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) followed Shute as he also raced his way to a career best in the 200-meter dash with his time of 23.19.
Senior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) placed fifth in the 3000-meter steeplechase running 10:22.31, while Junior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) placed seventh en route to a career best 10:24.14.
On the women's side, Junior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) notched a personal-best 39:54.56 in the 10,000-meter run to garner tenth place and punch her ticket to both the NCAA regional championships and the NEICAAA meet.
Junior Angelina Raffone (Westbrook, Conn.) placed third in the finals of the 100-meter dash running 13.25, and doubled back in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.39. Also running the 200-meter dash was sophomore Taline Karozichian (Pleasantville, N.Y.) who posted a career-best 29.80.
Senior Melanie Plattner was the Beavers top finisher in the 1500-meter run with personal-best 5:08.94, while first-year Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded a lifetime-best in the 800-meter run with her 2:27.63.
Sophomore Stephanie Rodriquez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) paced the way for Babson in the 5,000-meter run with her time of 19:16.86. Also dipping under the 20-minute barrier was first-year Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.), who recorded a personal-best 19:45.71.
Babson will split between two meets next week weekend as part of the team will travel to Coast Guard, while another group of athletes will travel to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invitational.