WATERFORD, Conn.- Babson College men's and women's cross country teams returned to racing after a weekend off when they competed at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday. The Beavers came in 19th in the 6k women's race and 23rd in the 8k men's meet at Harkness Park.
Senior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) was the men's top finisher in the 8k race, coming in 86th with a time of 26:21. He was followed by first-year Collin Regan (Rochester, N.Y.), who finished 115th overall in a time of 26:38.
Junior Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) crossed the finish line in a career-best 27:28, while sophomore Zach Goldberg (Westford, Mass.) turned in a time of 27:47. First-year Joseph Marwill (Hingham, Mass.) turned in a personal-best time of 27:52, senior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) ran the course in 28:28, and senior Jake Fishkin (Hagerstown, Md.) ran through the line in season-best 31:28.
The Babson women's squad was led by junior Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala), who finished 88th with a time of 23:39. Sophomore Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.) crossed the finish line in 118th position with a career-best time of 24:15, while first-year Hannah Piispanen (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) both ran 24:42 to finish 153rd and 154th, respectively.
Senior Chaela Hood (Plymouth, Mass.) completed the course in 25:11, sophomore Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.) logged a time of 25:24, and Alida Beste (Burlington, Vt.) rounded out Babson's top-seven running a career-best 25:29.
Following a week off, Babson will return to action at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on October 27 at the Smith College Course in Northampton beginning at 12 p.m.
• Babson was one of four NEWMAC schools to compete at Harkness Park along with Coast Guard, WPI and Springfield.
• Out of the NEWMAC individuals, Dynan was the eighth finisher on the men's side, while Rodriguez was ninth of the women's side.
• Rodriguez's time of 23:39 was the second best 6k result at Harkness Park in the history of the women's program.
• Saturday's meet featured seven nationally-ranked women's team and five nationally-ranked men's teams.