BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a fourth consecutive top-four finish and the lowest point total at the conference meet in more than two decades, the Babson College men's cross country program is looking to continue its recent success in 2018.
CLIMBING THE LADDER
Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Russ Brennen, the Beavers' 89 points were the lowest in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) era, which began in 1998, and was just one more than the 1995 squad posted at the CAC Championship. Brennen also had two harriers earn all-conference honors for the first time since 2002 at Franklin Park last October.
RUNNING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS
Senior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) came in fourth for the second year in a row at the NEWMAC Championship and became just the third athlete in program history to earn all-region honors with his 34th-place finish at the NCAA New England Championship last November. Dynan, who has placed in the top 10 at nine of 12 races over the last two seasons, will try to join Eric Sullivan '94 and Brian Dowd '97 as the only harriers in school history to garner three or more all-league honors this fall.
LOOKING TO PICK UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
Sophomore Zach Goldberg (Westford, Mass.), the lone rookie on last year's team, finished fourth in average time (28:02) and placed 27th overall at the NEWMAC Championship. Additionally, he recorded the Beavers' third fastest time (27:45) at the 8k NCAA regional meet in November and will be counted on to continue producing strong results this fall.
Senior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) has missed just one meet in three years and posted his best finish (51st place) at the conference meet last October. Classmate Jake Fishkin (Hagerstown, Md.) was limited to just two races last year but has made 12 career starts, which includes posting the best time of his career at the 2015 NCAA regionals.
READY FOR MORE
Juniors Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) and Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) are both looking to put together breakthrough campaigns in 2018. Arora put together strong races at the Connecticut College Invitational and NEWMAC Championship last season, while Virkler missed all of last season after competing in every meet as a first-year.
NEW FACES IN THE MIX
Following the graduation of five seniors in May, Brennen has restocked the squad with six incoming harriers from four different states and two countries. For the Green and White to continue their conference success, the newcomers will be looked upon to make an immediate impact.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The Beavers will once again open the year with a dual meet against Wheaton in addition to competing at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational for the 19th time in 21 seasons and the Connecticut College Invitational for the fourth year in a row. Babson will also travel to Bowdoin for the first time since 2011 to take part in the Polar Bears' regular season meet in October and the NCAA New England Championships in early November.