Margel, Smith Lead Track and Field at NCAA New England Championships

Margel, Smith Lead Track and Field at NCAA New England Championships


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomore Charlotte Margel and first-year Imani Smith both made Babson College track and field history this weekend, as both collected All-Region honors at the 2011 NCAA New England Division III Championships held at MIT. The women placed 22nd overall while the men did not score at the event, which lasted nearly 11 hours thanks to more than four hours of lightning delays.

On Friday, Margel became just the fourth woman in program history to garner All-New England status when she placed eighth overall in the 10000 meter run. Her time of 38:33.49 was not only her personal best, but it smashed the previous Babson record of 39:47.06 set by Lydia Halloran back in 2005.

Joining Margel, Lauren Blackburn, Sara McSweeney, and Katie Collins as the only Babson females to earn all-region honors was Smith, who on Saturday finished fifth overall in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.80 - her personal best and the third fastest time in program history. As a result, Smith became the third Babson woman this spring to qualify for the upcoming ECAC Championships. The Beavers' rookie sensation also competed in the 100 meter hurdles on Saturday, where she finished 24th with a time of 16.79 seconds.

Other highlights for the Babson women included a 19th-place performance by junior Michelle Black in the 5000 meter run. Her time of 18:49.51 was her second fastest ever in the event. Babson's 4x400 relay team also ran, as the quartet of Smith, First-year Michelle G. Chin, sophomore Jessica Lack, and first-year Madeline Pickering finished 11th in 4:24.19.

The men's half of the meet also featured a new Babson record, as the 4x800 relay team of junior Justin Bowman, first-year Eddie Arechabala, senior Kyle Fitzpatrick, and first-year Will Hallock finished 13th overall with a time of 8:12.66 - more than 21 seconds better than the previous program mark of 8:33.95 set earlier this spring. The Beavers' 4x100 relay squad of junior Kwami Chambers-Powell, sophomore Rob Chapruet, first-year Ricardo Azcarraga, and junior Varun Bhandari tied for 14th with a time of 45.61 seconds, and the 4x400 quartet of Bhandari, Chambers-Powell, first-year Nate Kolman, and first-year Brian deLeon finished 14th in 3:39.64. DeLeon also ran in Friday's 10000 meter run, where he finished 21st in 34:24.10, and Hallock added a 26th-place effort in Saturday's steeplechase with a time of 10:27.60.