Men Finish Fifth, Women Ninth at NEWMAC Cross Country Championships

Men Finish Fifth, Women Ninth at NEWMAC Cross Country Championships

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The Babson College cross country teams competed at the 2012 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at Smith College on Saturday, where the men's team finished fifth and the women placed ninth.

Babson's top individual performance of the day came in the women's race, where sophomore captain Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) became just the third female in program history to earn All-Conference honors when she finished 10th out of 145 competitors with a time of 19:07.77. It was the third fastest time of her career and the fifth fastest in team history.

Also running well for the Beavers on Saturday was first-year Kelli Halligan (Melrose, Mass.), who placed 35th overall with a new personal best of 20:00.22 in her NEWMAC Championship debut. She was followed by two-time All-Conference star and senior captain Charlotte Margel (Ridgewood, N.J.), who posted a time of 20:49.79 to finish 62nd overall in her first race of the season. The veteran harrier had missed Babson's previous six races with an injury.

Rounding out the Beavers' scoring on the women's side were sophomore Rebekah Miller (Johnson, N.Y.), who placed 114th in 22:42.66, and first-year Katie Donovan (Darien, Conn.), who was close behidn in 116th in 22:45.96.

The men's team was led by sophomore Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.), who just missed All-NEWMAC honors with a 15th place finish in 26:40.51. Junior AJ Skains (Colorado Springs, Colo.) followed in 23rd place with a new personal best time of 27:08.40, and first-year Ian MacLean (South Hamilton, Mass.) was close behind him in 25th place with a run of 27:23.05 in his first-ever appearance at NEWMACs. Junior Brian deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) came in 43rd in 28:11.49 and junior captain Nate Kolman (Long Grove, Ill.) placed 55th in 28:40.69 to round out the Beavers' scoring five.

Running in their final conference championship race, senior captain Jake Williams (Scaggsville, Md.) and senior Chris Pierce (Wilton, Conn.) each turned in strong efforts. Williams place 66th overall in 29:09.77 in just his third race back from injury, while Pierce took 75th in 30:01.09.