NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Babson College track and field teams combined to set three school records and 16 personal bests at the 2011 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at the United States coast Guard Academy on Saturday. The men's team finished sixth overall at the competition, while the women placed ninth.
The men's side of the meet featured two program records and a pair of NCAA Division III New England Championship qualifiers. First-year Ricardo Azcarraga had a huge day in the sprints for the Beavers, setting a personal record and just missing the school mark in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.43 seconds in the qualifying heat. He then posted the third fastest time in school history with an 11.44 in the finals, resulting in a seventh-place finish. Azcarraga then broke the Babson record in the 200 meter dash, finishing in 23.15 seconds to place 12th overall.
After missing nearly the entire season with an injury, junior
Marcus Edwards made his Babson track and field
debut and promptly broke the school record in the triple jump,
finishing fourth overall with a distance of 43 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
As a result, Edwards qualified for the NCAA New England
Championships. He was joined in qualifying for New Englands by
first-year Will Hallock, who continued his
brilliant spring by placing seventh in the 3000 meter steeplechase
with a 10:07.69 - his fastest time ever and the second fastest in
A number of other athletes also added personal records for the Babson men, including senior captain Jordan Bray, who recorded a PR of 18:03.65 in the 5000 meter run as well as a personal best throw of 90 feet, 7 inches in the javelin. Sophomores Scott Worth and Joshua Andermarch also PRed in the javelin with tosses of 121 feet, 1 inch and 119 feet, respectively. Sophomore Rob Chapruet turned in a personal record of 17.57 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles, sophomore Jake Williams added a PR of 34:50.49 while placing ninth in the 10000 meter run, and first-year Eddy Arechabala set a personal mark of 4:09.70 in a ninth-place effort in the 1500 meter run. Junior captain Kwami Chambers-Powell added his second-best time while taking ninth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.55 - the third quickest result in school history, and the men's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams both finished sixth overall.
Junior Michelle Black had a tremendous day for the Babson women, placing sixth and breaking the school record in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:54.65. She also added a PR while taking 11th in the 800, finishing in 2:26.49 - the sixth best time in Babson history. Sophomore Charlotte Margel posted the highest finish for either team on the day when she took third overall in the 5000 meter run, as she finished in 18:40.10 - second only to her own school record on the Beavers' all-time list in that event.
First-year Imani Smith also had a big day for the Babson ladies, finishing fifth overall with a personal best time of 1:08.75 in the 400 meter hurdles while also added a 10th-place performance with a 16.95 in the 100 hurdles. First-year Madeline Pickering and sophomore Trisha Bakeman both added PRs with respective times of 28.97 and 29.17 in the 200 meter dash, and the 4x400 relay squad finished seventh overall.