Capalbo, Smith Highlight Track & Field's Historic Performance at NCAA Regionals
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams completed one of the best meets in program history on Saturday at the NCAA New England Regional Championships, highlighted by senior Imani Smith's (Fort Mill, S.C.) school record in the 400-meter hurdles and junior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) becoming just the second female to earn All-New England accolades in multiple events in the same season.
Smith, who came in fifth with a time of 1:04.96 and locked up a spot at the ECAC Championship later this month, earned All-New England honors for the second time in her career in the 400-meter hurdles. Capalbo, who finished sixth in both the 800 and 1500 meters is the first since Katie Collins '02 in 2002 to garner multiple all-region honors. She finished the 800 with a time of 2:17.17 and posted a time of 4:40.62 in the 1500 and will also compete in both events at the ECAC meet.
First-year Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.), the school-record holder in the pole vault, made her NCAA New England Championship debut with a 17th-place showing, clearing a height of 2.97 meters.
On the men's side, junior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) posted a time of 3:58.85, his fastest of the spring, to finish 15th in the 1500-meter run while also running the anchor leg of both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Along with senior Nate Kolman (Long Grove, Ill.), sophomore Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) and first-year Will Nemeth (Coplay, Pa.) the 4x800 squad came in 13th with a time of 8:07.74 to qualify for the ECAC Championship. Gulesian and Esposito were joined by senior Vickrum Nabar (Brookfield, Wis.) and first-year Trevor Lomba (Dartmouth, Mass.) in the 4x400 relay, posting a 15th-place showing with a time of 3:28.93.
The Beavers return to action next Saturday at the New Balance Twilight Meet hosted by Bentley College.