HANOVER, Ind.—Babson College junior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) made her NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship debut on Saturday morning, finishing 132nd out of 280 runners with a time of 22:48 in the six-kilometer race at the L.S. Ayers Complex on the campus of Hanover College.
Capalbo, the first individual to qualify for the national championship in the 36-year history of the cross country program at Babson, posted the fourth-best time in school history, and now owns four of the top six 6K times in program history. She averaged a 6:08 mile and was one of 29 harriers from New England to finish in the top half of the field.
Johns Hopkins University claimed its second consecutive national title with a total of 85 points, placing three runners in the top 11, and all five of its scorers in the top 34. Williams College (137 points) and Middlebury College (185) finished second and third, respectively, while the University of Chicago (261) came in fourth, followed by MIT, also with 261 points, in fifth place.
A strong showing at the National Championship meet was a fitting end to the season for Capalbo, who became the first two-time All-New England honoree in program history last Saturday, and is one of just two females in school history to earn All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) honors on two occasions.