Babson College first-year Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo Ohio) has been named to the 2008 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III Mens Cross Country All-Academic Team. A total of 132 male student athletes received the honor. The award honors those student athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. In order to be eligible for the award, a student athlete must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and must have finished in the top 25 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional cross country meet. In addition to Fitzpatricks honor, both Babsons mens and womens cross country teams earned team academic honors and a spot on the 2008 NCAA Division III USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams list. The womens team had a cumulative team GPA of 3.36 and the mens team GPA was 3.23.
The Babson College cross country teams wrapped up their 2008 season with a solid performance at the NCAA Division III New England Championships at Williams on Saturday, as the men took 24th and the women placed 39th at the 49-team event. Leading the Beavers once again were first-years Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio) and Michelle Black (San Diego, Calif.), who both capped off their outstanding rookie seasons with their respective team's top finish. Fitzpatrick placed 68th in the men's race, finishing in 27:48, while Black took 135th in the women's 6k event, completing her run in 26:15. Also performing well for the men were senior captains Greg Keshian (North Andover, Mass.), who placed 161st with a time of 29:33 in the final race of his stellar career, and Alison Sullivan (Tyngsboro, Mass.), who took 257th with a run of 29:35 in her final collegiate outing.
The Babson College cross-country teams competed in the 2008 ECAC Championships on Saturday, where the women placed 30th out of 42 teams and the men finished 34th out of 48 squads. First-year Michelle Black (San Diego, Calif.) led the Beavers in the women's 6k race, as she placed 89th overall with a time of 26:13. Junior Kim Luu (Skokie, Ill.) came in 124th with a time of 27:01, while junior Kristen Lang (Kennebunk, Maine) placed 167th in 27:50. In the men's race, first-year Andrew Oram (Northborough, Mass.) recorded Babson's top finish by taking 144th in a time of 29:37. He was followed by sophomore Andy O'Brien (Wolfeboro, N.H.) in 183rd with a time of 30:18 and sophomore Mikita Kourtchikov (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in 206th with a 30:51.
The Babson College cross country team competed in the New England Women and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Saturday hosted by MIT. The men finished sixth overall and the women ninth. First years Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio) and Michelle Black (San Diego, Calif.) led the way once again for their respective teams. Fitzpatrick finished 26th out of
After placing second overall in his first race back from injury, Babson College first-year Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio) was named NEWMAC Runner of the Week on Monday. It was the second conference honor of the year for the Beavers' rookie standout, who has posted the team's top finish in all three races in which he has competed this fall. In his first race since September 20, Fitzpatrick led Babson to a third-place finish at the Emmanual College Invitational at Franklin Park on Friday afternoon. The first-year harrier posted a stellar time of 26:28 to finish second out of 85 competitors, just 24 seconds behind winner Forest Wilber of Worcester State.
First-year standout Kyle Fitzpatrick returned after missing nearly a month with an injury to finish second overall at the 2008 Emmanuel College Invitational at Franklin Park on Friday afternoon. As a result of the rookie's All-Invitational performance, the Babson men placed third out of 10 squads. On the women's side, first-year Michelle Black took eighth place overall as the Beavers finished eighth out of 13 teams.
The Babson cross country teams got a look at the site of the upcoming NCAA New England Division III Championships on Saturday, as both squads competed in the Purple Valley Classic at Williams College. With several runners sitting out on both sides, the men placed 15th overall while the women did not qualify for a team score. The Beavers also raced five men in the sub-varsity race, where Babson finished 11th. First-year Michelle Black paced the women with a 92nd-place finish in her first collegiate 6k event, while fellow rookie Mike Smith led the men in 117th place.
First-year Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toldeo, Ohio) made history at the 2008 UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday morning, as he posted the second-fastest time in Babson College history while placing 17th overall. With Fitzpatrick leading the way, the Beavers finished 18th out of 38 scoring teams at the event, while the women took 33rd out of 41 squads. Coming off a victory in his first collegiate race back on September 7 at Castleton State, Fitzpatrick continued his amazing start with an awesome performance on Saturday, finishing 17th with a time of 25:31. It was the fastest mark ever by a Babson runner on the UMD course, surpassing Brian Dowd's mark of 25:58 set on September 23, 1995, and it was just 25 seconds behind the best time in program history - 25:06 set by Babson Hall of Famer Joey Curtis '92
at the Stonehill Invitational back on September 14, 1991. First-year Michelle Black (San Diego, Calif.) was also brilliant in her second collegiate race, placing 54th overall with a time of 19:35 - tied for the eighth fastest mark in the history of the program.
After posting a victory in the first race of his collegiate career, Babson College first-year Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Monday. He is just the third member of the men's program to earn the honor and the first since 2005. A 2008 graduate of Sylvania Southview High School, Fitzpatrick led Babson's sweep of the top three spots at the 2008 Castleton State Invitational in Vermont on Sunday, enabling the Beavers to finish first at the four-team competition. The rookie's time of 27:51.81 was more than two minutes faster than the second-place finisher. The victory was the first for a Babson male since 2006.
The Babson College cross country teams opened their 2008 season with a spectacular showing at the Castletone State Invitational on Sunday, as the men finished first out of four teams and the women placed third out of six squads. The Babson men dominated their half of the meet, taking the top three spots and five of the top nine. First-year Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio) shined in his collegiate debut, placing first overall with a time of 27:51.81. Senior captain Greg Keshian (North Andover, Mass.) took second in 30:07.33, and first-year Mike Smith (Brockton, Mass.) rounded out the Beavers' sweep of the top three with a time of 30:12.46. Also cracking the top ten were first-year Andrew Oram (Northborough, Mass.), who placed seventh in 31:04.02, and sophomore Andy O'Brien (Wolfeboro, N.H.), who came in ninth in 31:21.34. The women's side of the meet also featured a brilliant debut, as Babson first-year Michelle Black (San Diego, Calif.) finished third overall with a time of 21:34.26. Senior captain Alison Sullivan (Tyngsboro, Mass.) came in 14th with a time of 25:00.49, followed closely by junior Kim Luu (Skokie, Ill.) in 15th with a 25:12.82.
With several top runners returning on both the men's and women's squads, the Babson College cross-country teams are hoping for another solid campaign in 2008. Pacing the men's team will be senior captain Greg Keshian (North Andover, Mass.), who led the Beavers with an average time of 27:50 last fall, including a career best 27:04 at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. Joining him will be sophomore Andy O'Brien (Wolfeboro, N.H.), who recorded the team's best or second-best finish in each of the final four events of his freshman season. On the women's side, junior Kristen Lang (Kennebunk, Maine) returns after a breakout sophomore campaign that saw her finish second on the team with an average time of 24:18.8. She was followed closely by returning junior Kim Luu (Skokie, Ill.), whose stellar performance down the stretch put her just one tenth of a second behind her classmate at 24:18.9.