CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Despite battling frigid temperatures and harsh winds, the Babson College track and field teams had a stellar day at the non-scoring MIT Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Beavers recorded a number of personal bests, while seeing two more athletes qualify for postseason competition.
Highlighting the women's half of the event were sophomore Charlotte Margel and first-year Imani Smith. Margel broke the program record in the 5000 meter run with a time of 18:22.12, surpassing the previous mark set by teammate Michelle Black last week. In doing so, Margel also qualifed for the ECAC Track and Field Championships. Smith also had an outstanding day for the Beavers, posting a time of 1:09.87 in the 400 meter hurdles, which qualified her for the NCAA Division III New England Championships.
Sophomore Trisha Bakeman had a big day in the sprints for Babson, posting personal bests in both the 100 (14.02) and 200 (29.37) meter dashes. First-year Madeline Pickering (29.52) and sophomore Nevart Varadian (31.05) also turned in PRs in the 200, while Varadian added another personal best of 18.41 in the 100 meter hurdles.
The men's side of the meet featured two outstanding performances in the sprints by first-year Ricardo Azcarraga. His personal best time of 11.47 in the 100 meter dash was the third fastest in program history, while his PR of 23.39 seconds in the 200 was the Babson's second quickest in that event. Junior captain Kwami Chambers-Powell also added a top-10 finish on the program's all-time list in the 400 hurdles, as his PR of 1:00.52 was the second fastest by a Babson male - just 0.10 seconds off Tony Romano's 10-year-old record of 1:00.42.
Junior Rob Chapruet added a PR of 17.62 in the 110 meter hurdles for the men's team, while sophomore Scott Worth continued to improve his personal record in the javelin with a toss of 120 feet even.