NEWMAC Track & Field Championships
Saturday, April 28—10:30 a.m.
Blake Track—Springfield, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams travel to Springfield on Saturday to compete in the 2018 NEWMAC Championships. The men have finished fifth in four of the last five years, while the women's squad has come in eighth in each of the last three seasons.
2018 NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Senior John Decker, the 2017 NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year, finished first in both the 800-meter run and the 1500-meter run before running a leg for the first-place 4x400-meter relay team. Running alongside Decker in the relay were JD Greenfield '17, Gabe Ficht and junior Matthew Dynan, who finished ninth in the 1500 meters. Sophomore Sean Rezendes also soared to a school-record 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump for seventh place. On the women's side, junior Angelina Raffone and Kateherine Tamulionis ran school-record times to recorded fourth-place finishes in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles, respectively. Tamulionis came back to place fourth in the 400-meter hurdles running 1:04.97, while junior Chaela Hood paced her way to a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Green and White is heading in the conference meet after a weekend of strong performances on both the east and west coasts. Decker and Dynan competed against athletes from all three divisions at Mt. Sac and the Long Beach Invitational, and ended the weekend with season-best times. Decker ran 1:51.14 in the 800-meter run, the third-fastest time in the Division III this year, while Dynan recorded a 3:57.25 in the 1500-meter run, the second-fastest time in the conference. On the east coast at MIT, first-year Ethan Kohanik improved his 400-meter hurdle school-record to 58.89, qualifying for the regional championships. Also hitting a regional championship mark was sophomore Samir Arora, who ran his collegiate-best 1:57.33 in the 800-meter run, which was just under a second faster than sophomore teammate Nicholas Virkler.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers wrapped-up the regular season with two school-records at in the Sean Collier Invitational at MIT, as Raffone clocked a 12.30 in the 100-meter dash and then doubled back running 26.34 to shatter the 200-meter by 0.45 seconds. In the 800-meter run sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez and senior Melanie Plattner both logged career-best times to punch their tickets to the regionals championships. Rodriguez crossed the finish line in 2:20.80 and Plattner was just behind her with a time of 2:21.31. The duo also came in third along with sophomore Taline Karozichian and first-year Grace Regan with a time of 4:20.11 in the 4x400-meter relay, while classmates Camille Lewis and Emma Cavanaugh placed eighth and 10th, respectively, in the 1500-meter run.
TOP OF THE CHARTS
On the men's side, Decker ranks first and third in the 800-meter run, and 1500-meter run, respectively, while Dynan ranks second in the 1500-meter run. On the Women's side, Raffone leads the conference in the 100-meter dash, while Hood, along with the Beavers' 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay come in ranked fifth.
NCAA AND NEICAAA QUALIFICATION
On the men's side, Shute (200-meter), Samir (800-meter), Decker (800-meter & 1500-meter), Dynan (1500-meter), and Ryan Colaco (3,000-meter steeple) have all qualified for the NCAA regional championships, while on the women's side, the quartet of Raffone (100-meter & 200-meter), Rodriguez (800-meter), Plattner (800-meter) and Hood (10,000-meter ) have punched their tickets to the postseason.