GORHAM, Maine—The Babson College cross country teams returned to action on Saturday following a weekend off, taking part in a pair of races at the Southern Maine Invitational. Both fields were loaded with many of the region's top teams as the schools' got their first look at the host course for the NCAA regional meet in November. The men continued their strong start to the fall with a ninth-place finish among 19 teams, while the women came in 14th.
Two-time NEWMAC Runner of the Week, junior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) was once again the Beavers' top male finisher, completing the 8K course in a time of 25:55.80 to finish 12th out of 284 harriers. Senior Brian deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) posted a time of 27:24.51 to finish a little less than a second ahead of sophomore Ian MacLean (Hamilton, Mass.). Seniors AJ Skains (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Nate Kolman (Long Grove, Ill.) posted times of 27:26.04 and 27:30.28, respectively, while first-year Will Nemeth (Coplay, Pa.) completed the course in a time of 27:56.76. Sophomore Brian Hickey (Loudonville, N.Y.) set a new five-mile personal best of 29:11.46, trimming six off his fastest previous time.
On the women's side, standout junior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) ran the second fastest 5K time in program history, finishing in 18:42.64, which was good for 18th place out of 243 runners. Sophomore Kelli Halligan (Melrose, Mass.) completed the course in a time of 21:03.63, while senior Michelle Chin (East Williston, N.Y.) had the Beavers third-best time, posting a 21.44.93. Junior Rebekah Miller (Johnson, N.Y.) came in with a time of 22:01.17 and sophomore April Goya (Oceanside, Calif.) finished just behind her in 22:14.70.
Babson will host its annual Alumni Run as part of Back 2 Babson weekend next Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and will return to competition on October 12 at Westfield State.