Men's Cross Country

3 All-Region Selections | 21 All-Conference Honors

Meet Preview: Cross Country Travels to Smith for NEWMAC Championships

Meet Preview: Cross Country Travels to Smith for NEWMAC Championships

Cross Country at the NEWMAC Championships
Saturday, October 27 | 11 a.m. (W) | 12 p.m. (M)
Smith Cross Country Course | Northampton, Mass.

THE SETUP
• The 2018 NEWMAC men's and women's Cross Country Championships return to the Smith Cross Country Course for the fourth time in the last seven years on Saturday.
• The women's 5k race begins at 11 a.m., which will be followed by the men's 8k race at 12 p.m.

LAST TIME AT SMITH
• Junior Nando Baumann turned in a second-place performance for the Babson men's cross country team running 27:09 in the 8k during his collegiate debut to help the team come in fourth at the Smith Invitational on September 8, 2018. 
• First-year Collin Regan placed ninth running 5:43 to finish less than three seconds ahead of sophomore Zach Goldberg, who crossed the line in 11th place. Junior Samir Arora posted a time of 29:01, while first-years Michael Cantaluppi and Joseph Marwill ran 29:25 and 29:50, respectively.
• Sophomore Emma Cavanaugh placed 19th in the women's 5k running 21:39.8 to finish a second ahead of first-year Hannah Piispanen as the team finished fifth overall.
• First-year Vivian Lehman ran 22:22, classmate Nina Sitarski recorded a time of 28:28, while fellow rookies Alida Beste and Leah Sussman clocked in a second apart at 22:34 and 22.35, respectively.

2017 NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
• Senior Matthew Dynan 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.
• Junior Stephanie Rodriguez came in 23rd overall to help the Babson women team come in eighth, marking the program's best finish and lowest point total (208) since 2011.

SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Beavers are coming off a 19th place finish at the 6k Connecticut College Invitational back on October 13.
• Rodriguez finished 88th with a time of 23:39, Cavanaugh recorded a career-best time of 24:15, while Piispanen and sophomore Camille Lewis both ran 24:42 for the Beavers.
• Rodriguez recorded a time of 19:54 in her only 5k race of the season at UMass Dartmouth back on September 15, Piispanen boasts an average time of 20:55, and senior Chaela Hood posted a time of 20:56 in her lone 5k meet.
• The Green and White has seven first-year harriers that are set for their NEWMAC Championship debut on Saturday.

SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Green and White enters Sunday's meet coming off a 23rd-place showing at the Connecticut College Invitational on October 13.
• Dynan was the men's top finisher in the 8k race with a time of 26:21. Regan was 17 seconds behind him, Arora turned in a career-best time of 27:28, and Goldberg crossed the finish line with a time of 27:46.
• Dynan (26:37), who has raced just twice this fall, owns the fastest average on the team, while Baumann's time of 26:54 at Bowdoin back on September 29 was the best of his career.
• Regan owns an average time of 27:27 and will be making his conference meet debut, Goldberg (27:56) finished 27th as a rookie last season, and Aurora (27:58) will look to improve upon last year's 48th-place showing at Franklin Park.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
• On the women's side, fourth-ranked MIT has won 11 consecutive titles, WPI earned their highest finish in eight years as the runner-up last season, and Coast Guard enters the meet ranked seventh in the region.
•The MIT men, which enter the weekend ranked 20th nationally, have won all 20 of the previous conference meets. Regionally-ranked WPI came in second last year with three harriers finishing inside the top 16, and Coast Guard heads into the meet ranked 10th in the region.

RUNNING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS
• Dynan, who has finished fourth at the conference meet in each of the last two seasons, can become the first Babson runner in the NEWMAC era and just the third in program history to collect a third all-league honor with a top-14 finish on Saturday.

MAKING THE GRADE
• Four members of the Babson cross country program were named to their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference squads on Thursday.
• On the women's side, Hood and fellow senior Emily MacDonald were both named to the squad for the third year in a row, while sophomore Grace Regan was selected for the first time in her career.
•Junior Nicholas Virkler who was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the second year in a row, was the lone male recognized.

TIMES TO BEAT
Marina Capalbo '15 recorded the fastest time in women's program history fastest time at the Smith  by crossing the finish line in 19:01 at the 2014 NEWMAC Championship. The Beavers' best men's time on the Smith course was 25:55 by Dynan in the 2016 conference meet.

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