NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Despite battling rain, extreme cold, and ferocious winds, the Babson College track and field teams enjoyed a stellar day at the Silfen Invitational hosted by Connecticut College on Saturday. The Babson women finished 11th out of 19 scoring teams at the event, while the men placed 13th out of the 19 squads that registered points.
First-year Will Hallock turned in the two biggest highlights of the day for the Beavers. He finished first overall in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:15.97 - the top performance of his young career and the third fastest time in program history. Hallock also factored in on Babson's record-setting 4x800 relay team, as he joined junior Justin Bowman, first-year Nate Kolman, and first-year Eduardo Arechabala in placing third with a time of 8:33.95 - surpassing the previous mark set back in 2003 by nearly ten full seconds.
Other top performers on the men's side included senior Jordan Bray, who set a new personal record in the javelin with a throw of 90 feet, 6 inches, first-year Brian deLeon, who placed sixth in the 5000 meter run with a PR of 15:56.61 - the third fastest time in Babson history - and sophomore Rob Chapruet, who finished eighth in the 110 meter hurdles in 18.03 seconds. Arechabala also added a PR of 16:10.50 while placing ninth in the 5000, junior captain Kwami Chambers-Powell took ninth in the 400 hurdles with a 1:01.93, and the quartet of deLeon, Chambers-Powell, junior Andrew Oram, and senior Kyle Fitzpatrick finished 10th in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:45.44.
Leading the Babson women were junior Michelle Black and first-year Imani Smith, who each cracked the top five in multiple events. Black placed second in the 1500 meters with a time of 5:02.02 - the second fastest time of her career and the program's fifth quickest all-time, and then came back to place fifth in the 800 meters in 2:30.12 - her second PR of the day. Meanwhile, Smith accounted for 14 of her team's 36 points on the day, as she finished second in the 100 meter hurdles with a 17.38 and third in the 400 meter hurdles with a 1:10.14. Smith also joined sophomore Jessica Lack and fellow first-years Madeline Pickering and Michelle Chin on Babson's third-place 4x400 relay team.
Pickering added a 13th-place effort with a time of 30.41 seconds in the 200 meter dash, followed closely by sophomore Jessica Lack, who came in 14th in 30.43 seconds - the fastest time of her career. Junior Wendy Glickenhouse also had a great day for the Beavers, posting a personal record of 5:44.40 in the 1500 meters and then coming right back with a PR of 2:52.51 in the 800 meters.