GORHAM, Maine—Six runners recorded career-best times as the Babson College women's cross country team came in 23rd at the NCAA New England Championship meet at Gorham County Club on Saturday afternoon.
The result was the best since tying for 21st position back in 2011 for the Beavers, who finished with a total of 753 points. Fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe MIT captured its second consecutive regional title, while Tufts finished second.
Sophomore Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was the team's top finisher in her NCAA New England Championship debut, placing 78th with a career-best time of 23:03. Her time is the sixth fastest at the 6k distance in program history, and is the best by a Babson harrier since 2014.
Senior Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) cut over a minute of her previous best time and crossed the finish line in 23:51 to place 143rd. Junior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) was just five seconds behind her in 149th position, while first-year Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) finished 181st with a career-best time of 24:27.
Fellow first-years Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.), Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.) and Grace Regan (Kingston, N.Y.) all bettered their previous best times in the 6k by over a minute on Saturday. Cavanaugh (24:50) and Winicki (24:51) were separated by one second, while Regan posted a time 25:43.