Men's Cross Country Wins WNEU Invitational; Capalbo Victorious In Women's Race

Men's Cross Country Wins WNEU Invitational; Capalbo Victorious In Women's Race

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Babson College cross country teams enjoyed another outstanding day at the Wester New England Invitational on Saturday. Highlighting the day were the Babson men, who recorded their third team victory of the season, and first-year Marina Capalbo, who added her third individual victory of the year in leading the women to a tie for 11th place.

The men's race saw the Beavers finished first in a field of 21 scoring teams, edging out runner-up Westfield State by just one point. Sophomore Mark Gulesian headed up Babson's list of 10 harriers with a fifth-place performance out of 204 runners, completing the course in 26:46.28. It was Gulesian's fifth top-10 finish of the fall, and it earned him a spot on the All-Invitational Team.

Joining his teammate with All-Invitational honors was junior Nate Kolman, who took 10th place overall with a time of 27:04.03. He was followed by first-year Ian MacLean in 12th place in 27:10.00, junior Brian deLeon in 16th place in 27:24.38, and junior AJ Skains in 17th place in 27:36.00. Five other runners competed for the Green and White on the men's side, led by first-year Dominic Esposito's 60th-place effort with a time of 28:49.69.

In the women's race, Capalbo secured her third victory of her breakout sophomore campaign, finishing first in a field of 212 runners with a brilliant time of 19:02.62 - the third fastest 5k mark in program history. That time was also just shy of her personal best of 19:01.39, and it secured her a spot on the ladies' All-Invitational squad.

Rounding out the Beavers' lineup were first-year Kelli Halligan, who came in 44th with a run of 20:59.50, and a trio of Babson sophomores. Rebekah Miller placed 84th in 22:05.81, Blair Ginden came in 158th in 25:22.28, and Hailey Walsh finished 203rd in 30:01.34. Ginden's time was by far the fastest of her collegiate career, as she smashed her previous PR by 47 seconds.

This was the final tune-up for both teams before they compete in the 2012 NEWMAC Championships at Smith College on October 27. The first race that day will begin at 11 a.m.