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Meet Preview: Cross Country Set to Host NEWMAC Championships at Franklin Park

Meet Preview: Cross Country Set to Host NEWMAC Championships at Franklin Park

2019 NEWMAC Cross Country Championships
Sunday, November 3 | 11 a.m. (M), 12 p.m. (W)
Franklin Park | Boston, Mass.

THE SETUP
• The NEWMAC Championships return to Franklin Park for the first time since 2017 and seventh time in the last 12 seasons on Sunday morning.
• The men will run an 8k race at 11 a.m., while the women will compete in the 6k for the first time beginning at 12 p.m.

LAST TIME AT FRANKLIN PARK
• Matthew Dynan '19 came in fourth and John Decker'18 finished 12th as the Babson men's placed fourth at the NEWMAC Championship on October 29 at Franklin Park.
• The men, who had two runners earn all-conference honors in the same year for the first time since 2002, totaled 89 points.
• Senior Stephanie Rodriguez came in 23rd overall to help the Babson women come in eighth, marking what was then the program's best finish and lowest point total (208) since 2011.

2018 NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
• The Babson men came in fifth and the women's squad recorded its top finish since 2011 by placing seventh out at Smith last season.
• Dynan was the men's top finisher in 22nd place, while the duo of Rodriguez and junior Emma Cavanaugh finished 30th and 31st, respectively, for the women's squad.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Beavers are coming off an eighth-place result at the 6k Western New England Invitational on October 19.
• Cavanaugh posted a career-best time of 22:30 to come in sixth, Rodriguez was ninth in a career-best finish of 22:48, and junior Camille Lewis grabbed 38th place with her time of 24:44.
• First-year Laurel Roney (25:12), sophomore Amanda Karch (26:37), senior Maeve Sullivan (27:00) and junior Julia Lawlor (27:06) all finished with personal-best times in the 6k at Western New England.
• Rodriguez, Cavanaugh, Lewis, Lawlor, Sullivan and juniors Caroline Winicki and Kelley Burtch all competed in the 2017 conference meet at Franklin Park.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Beavers are coming off an eight-place showing at the 8k Western New England Invitational on October 19.
• Senior Samir Arora came in 33rd in a time of 28:00, classmate Nicholas Virkler was 42nd with a career-best time of 28:17, and the trio of first-years Dylan Raimondi, classmate Gabriel Ortega and sophomore Collin Regan finished four seconds apart between 49th and 52nd place.
• Raimondi (28:28), sophomore Matthew Campbell (29:00) and first-year Thomas Croissant (29:03) all posted their top career times at Western New England.
• Arora is the lone Babson harrier that competed at the 2017 conference meet at Franklin Park. He placed 48th in a time of 28:12.

MAKING THE GRADE
• Virkler and Karch were honored for their work in the classroom when they were named to the NEWMAC cross country Academic All-Conference teams on Wednesday. The honor was the second in a row for Virkler and the first for Karch.

NOTES ABOUT THE FIELD
• MIT, which is ranked third in the USTFCCCA women's poll and 12th in the men's poll, enter Sunday's meet as heavy favorites. The Engineers have won 21st straight NEWMAC titles on the men's side and 11 consecutive championships on the women's side.
• WPI's men are ranked seventh in the latest USTFCCCA regional poll, while the Coast Guard and Mount Holyoke women are seventh and ninth in the regional rankings, respectively.

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