Program History

After years as a club sport, the Babson track and field teams achieved varsity status in spring 2001. In their first season, both the men and women enjoyed great success, as a total of three athletes qualified for the NCAA New England Division III Championships. The Beavers also had their first-ever NEWMAC All-Conference honoree, as Brian Gagne '02 took first place in the 10,000 meter run at the conference championships.

Following a promising inaugural campaign, the men's and women's track squads continued their rise to prominence in 2002. The men's team had three individuals and two relay teams qualify for the NCAA New England meet, while the women sent two individuals and two relay squads to the regional championships. In addition, jumper Katie Collins '02 and distance runners Gagne and Chris Perry '04 were named All-New England for their performances at the meet. Gagne also repeated as conference champion in the 10,000 meter run, becoming Babson's first-ever two-time All-NEWMAC selection.

In 2004, Perry became the program's first two-time All-New England honoree after he finished sixth in the 10,000 meter run at the NCAA New England Division III Championships. He was one of four Beavers to qualify for the event. Babson then sent four individuals and three relay teams to the regionals in 2005, including sprinter Sara McSweeney '06, who became the program's second female to earn All-New England honors when she finished eighth in the 100-meter dash. Then in 2006, Sweeney again earned All-New England status, making her the first Babson female to receive regional honors in multiple seasons, while Dan Cowan '08 led the men with a spectacular campaign in the 110 meter hurdles, becoming the second male to earn All-Conference, All-New England, and All-ECAC honors.

The spring of 2007 saw the track and field program continue to reach new heights, as Babson set new program records with eight NCAA regional qualifiers in 10 different events and four more ECAC qualifiers. Cowan placed seventh at regionals to join Perry as the only two men in program history to earn All-New England honors in multiple seasons, while Nadine Lussier '08 finished second in the javelin at the NEWMAC Championships to become the first female in team history to earn All-Conference status. In addition, six men and one woman earned national All-Academic honors, while the men also garnered Team All-Academic status. The Beavers then continued their momentum in 2008, when they sent eight more individuals to regionals and three to ECACs. Cowan once again garnered All-New England honors to become the program's first-ever three-time regional honoree, while Lauren Blackburn '10 earned both All-NEWMAC and All-New England recognition. The men's and women's teams then capped off a remarkable campaign by earning USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic honors.

The 2009 season was another stellar campaign for both squads, which again earned USTFCCCA All-Academic status. The women's program also boasted its first-ever conference champion, as Alexa Untermann '12 finished first in the high jump to claim the NEWMAC Championship, while Justin Bowman '12 finished second at the league meet and later earned All-New England honors in the 800 meters. Both were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Team.

The current decade has been one of unprecedented success for Babson's track and field program. In addition to a multitude of New England and ECAC qualifiers, Babson has boasted one NEWMAC event champion, two All-Conference honorees, four All-New England selections, and seven more National All-Academic Team awards since 2010. Top stars during this time have included Blackburn, who became the second female in program history to earn All-ECAC honors in 2010, Charlotte Margel '13, who claimed the women's team's second NEWMAC Championship when she won the 10,000 meter run in 2012, Mark Gulesian '15, who received All-Conference second team honors in the 1500 meters in 2013, and Marina Capalbo '15, who not only became the program's first-ever NCAA Division III Championship qualifier when she placed 17th in the 1500 meters at the national meet in 2013, but also earned USFTCCCA Individual All-Academic status that same season.

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