Capalbo Earns All-New England Honors; Men Post Best Finish Since '95 At NCAA Regional

Capalbo Earns All-New England Honors; Men Post Best Finish Since '95 At NCAA Regional

GORHAM, Maine—Junior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) set a program record and earned All-New England honors for the second consecutive season, and seven different runners set personal bests for the Babson College cross country teams at Saturday's NCAA Division III New England Regional at the Narragansett School Course.

The men posted their best finish since 1995, finishing 16th out of 50 teams, while the women came 24th in a field of 53 teams.

Capalbo came in 25th out of 371 harriers in the women's race, finishing the 6K course in a time of 22:04.06, which was nine seconds better than her previous school record set at the NCAA Regional last November. With her finish, she also becomes the first two-time All-New England honoree in program history, and would be the first in school history to qualify for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships if she is selected on Sunday.

Sophomore Kelli Halligan (Melrose, Mass.) posted a time of 24:14.54 to finish 135th, while senior Michelle Chin (East Williston, N.Y.) finished in 24:43.58, a new personal best to come in 167th. First-year Jinane Gedeon (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) came in with a time of 25.14.69 and junior Rebekah Miller (Johnson, N.Y.) posted a time of 26:21.95, both of which were personal bests.

On the men's side, the Beavers had their top five runners separated by just 51 seconds, helping them to their best finish in nearly two decades. Junior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.), who missed the New England Women's and Men's Conference (NEWMAC) Championship two weeks ago due to injury, returned to post a time of 26:08.09 on the 8K course.

Senior AJ Skains (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 81st with a new personal best of 26:24.75 in his final collegiate race, while classmate Brian deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) was 101st with a time of 26:45.39. Fellow senior Nate Kolman (Long Grove, Ill.) was just under two seconds behind him in 102nd-place, and sophomore Ian MacLean (South Hamilton, Mass.) rounded out Babson's scorers with a time of 26:59.16, good for 113th place. 

First-year Will Nemeth (Coplay, Pa.) wrapped up his strong debut-season with a new personal best of 27:32.49 to come in 144th.