BOSTON, Mass.—Junior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) cruised to her second individual title of the season while sophomore Ian MacLean (South Hamilton, Mass.) edged junior teammate Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) by the slimmest of margins to claim his first collegiate victory as the Babson College cross country teams put together another strong performance at the Emmanual College Saints Invitational at Franklin Park on Friday afternoon.
In the final tune-up before the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, the women's team placed fourth out of 14 teams in the 5K, claiming its third top-five finish of the season, while the men's team topped 15 other squads for their third victory of the season.
Capalbo's second victory of the season was never in doubt after the early portion of the race. She cruised to a 30-second win in a time of 19:25, beating a trio of Wheaton harriers, which finished second through fourth. First-year Jinane Gedeon (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) had a strong debut for the Beavers, finishing 16th overall in a time of 20:57, while senior Michelle Chin (East Williston, N.Y.) came in 24th with a time of 21:32, a new season-low. Sophomore Kelli Halligan (Melrose, Mass.) posted a time of 22:01 to finish 37th and junior Rebekah Miller (Johnson, N.Y.) rounded out Babson's scorers, finishing 43rd in a time of 22:13.
MacLean and Gulesian's photo-finish highlighted a dominant performance by the Babson men in the 8K race. The two teammates came down the final stretch shoulder-to-shoulder with both posting a time of 26:56. Senior AJ Skains (Colorado Springs, Colo.) followed close behind, equaling last Saturday's season-low time of 26:59 to finish third. Senior Brian deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) came in fourth with a time of 27:13 and classmate Nate Kolman (Long Grove, Ill.) finished seventh in 27:26, helping the Beavers to a 64-point win over its closest competitor, the University of New England.
First-year Will Nemeth (Coplay, Pa.) finished 26th with a new personal best of 28:29, and sophomore Chris deLeon (Princet:on, N.J) was right behind him in 27th position, posting a season-low time of 28:38.
Both teams will be off next weekend before returning to Franklin Park for the 2013 NEWMAC Championship meet on Sunday, November 3. The meet, which will be hosted by Babson, gets underway with the women's 5K race at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 8K race at 12 p.m.