WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Babson College track and field teams competed in its first scoring meet of the season on Saturday, as the Beavers placed 12th on the women's side and 15th on the men's side at the Gerry Gravel Invitational at Westfield State University.
The Babson women were led by first-year Imani Smith, who in her first collegiate meet placed third in both the 100 meter hurdles and the 400 meter hurdles. Her time of 16.70 seconds in the 100 hurdles was the eighth fastest in program history in that event, and it qualified her for the NCAA Division III New England Championships. Also turning in another brilliant effort was sophomore Charlotte Margel, who followed up last week's dominating effort in the 10000 meters by placing third in the 5000. Her time of 18:55.67 was her personal best and is the third fastest time in Babson history, and it helped her qualify for the NCAA New England Championships for the second straight week.
Junior Michelle Black turned in a pair of PRs on Saturday, as she placed seventh in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:04.84 - the seventh fastest mark in program history - and 10th in the 800 meter run with a finish of 2:31.84. The ladies' other top finishes included an 11th-place performance by the 4x400 relay team, a 20th-place finish by sophomore Nevart Varadian in the 100 hurdles, and 30th- and 32nd-place efforts by sophomore Trisha Bakeman in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, respectively.
In the men's half of the meet, Babson featured four top-10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place run by first-year Brian deLeon in the 10000 meter run. His final of 33:39.84 was the fifth fastest in program history, and it qualified him for the NCAA New England Championships. Fellow freshman Ricardo Azcarraga also had a big day, placing ninth in the 100 meter dash and 10th in the 200 meter dash - his time of 23.87 seconds in the latter representing the program's 11th fastest time ever. Senior Kyle Fitzpatrick added the team's final top ten finish, taking ninth in the 1500 meter run
Other top performances by the men's team included first-year Will Hallock, who came in 14th in the 1500 and 15th in the 800, junior Kwami Chambers-Powell, who placed 14th in the 110 meter hurdles, and first-year Eduardo Arechabala and junior Jake Williams, who finished 16th and 19th, respectively, in the 5000 meter run. The Beavers also ran a pair of teams in the 4x400 relay event, with the 'A' squad finishing 11th and the 'B' squad following closely in 12th.