DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Michelle Black became just the second Babson College track and field athlete to qualify for the ECAC Championships this spring on Saturday, as she led the Beavers at the Corsair Classic Invitational hosted by UMass-Dartmouth. With Black leading the way, the women's team finished sixth overall, while the men placed ninth.
Black was sensational in the 5000 meter run, finishing first overall with a gigantic personal and Babson record of 18:40.59. That mark was not only almost 12 seconds faster than the previous school record of 18:52.20 set by Lydia Halloran '05 back in 2005, but was one minute and three seconds quicker than Black's previous best in the event. In addition to setting a new program mark, the junior standout qualified for the NCAA Division III New England Championships and the ECAC Championships for the first time in her career.
The only other Babson female to qualify for the ECAC Championships so far this spring, sophomore Charlotte Margel also performed well on Saturday, finishing second overall in the 1500 with a time of 5:02.77. It was the second fastest effort of her career in the event. First-year Imani Smith added a pair of top-10 finishes for Babson, as she placed fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:11.84 and sixth in the 100 hurdles in 17.42.
The men's half of the meet also featured a host of stellar performances for the Beavers, including four top-five finishes. First-years Brian deLeon and Nate Kolman highlighted Babson's outstanding showing in the mile by finishing just 0.87 seconds apart, with deLeon finishing second overall in 4:16.00 and Kolman coming in fourth in 4:16.87. Six other Babson runners competed in the event, most notably senior captain Jordan Bray, who smashed his previous personal best by placing 13th in a time of 4:37.92, and sophomore Scott Worth, who came in 15th with a PR of 4:38.08.
A pair of Babson men posted times in the program's all-time top 10 of their events. Junior Justin Bowman placed eighth in the 400 meter dash with a finish of 53.05 seconds - the seventh fastest time in Babson history - and first-year Will Hallock became the only Beaver other than Rob Chapman '07 to crack the all-time top 10 in the 3000 meter steeplechase when he placed third overall with a time of 10:27.25 - the sixth best mark in school history.
Other highlights for the men's team on Saturday included sophomore Rob Chapruet's fifth-place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, Kolman and junior captain Kwami-Chambers Powell both placing ninth in the 800 meter run and 400 hurdles, respectively, and a pair of personal best throws from Worth and fellow sophomore Josh Andermarch in the javelin. Andermarch set a new PR with a toss of 118 feet, 10 inches, while Worth did the same with a throw of 116 feet, 3 inches.