WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Babson College cross country teams enjoyed an historic day at the 2012 Division III New England Championships hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park on Saturday, as the Beavers saw two individuals garner All-Region honors for the first time in program history. Sophomore captain Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) received All-New England honors from both the NCAA and the USTFCCCA for the women, who placed 24th out of 51 scoring teams, while sophomore Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) received the same distinction for the men, who took 17th out of 50 scoring squads.
The women's race featured three of the fastest 6k times ever recorded by a Babson runner. Capalbo turned in the top performance, finishing 20th overall with a new program record of 22:13.01. It was 65 seconds faster than her previous 6k PR, and it surpassed teammate Charlotte Margel's (Ridgewood, N.J.) previous program record set at last year's regional championships. As a result of her 20th-place effort, Capalbo just missed qualifying for the National Championships, as joined Margel as the only two females in Babson cross country history to earn All-New England honors.
Already one of the Beavers' best runners ever, senior captain Margel capped off her magnificent career with a solid 84th-place finish on Saturday. Competing in just her second race overall and her first 6k event since recovering from a preseason injury, Margel posted a stellar time of 23:19.73 - her third fastest ever and the fifth fastest in team history. She was followed by first-year Kelli Halligan (Melrose, Mass.) in 86th place, as her time of 23:21.29 eclipsed her previous 6k PR by 86 seconds and was the second-fastest 6k time by a freshman in Babson history.
Rounding out the ladies' scoring five were first-year Katie Donovan (Darien, Conn.), who placed 260th with a PR of 26:47.62, and sophomore Rebekah Miller (Johnson, N.Y.), who followed in 262nd with a personal best time of 26:48.58. Sophomore Jessica Santiago (Reseda, Calif.) came in 353rd in 31:53.44, and sophomroe Blair Ginden (Amston, Conn.) finished her best collegiate season so far in 356th place with a PR of 32:42.58.
Like Capalbo, Gulesian just missed qualifying for the NCAA National Championships, as he took 22nd overall in the men's 8k event. His time of 25:26.56 was his second fastest ever, and was the third fastest in program history. As a result, he was named to both the NCAA and USTFCCA All-New England Teams for the first time in his career, as he joined program legend and Babson Athletics Hall of Famer Joey Curtis '92 as the only men in team history to achieve All-Region status.
Posting the men's second best finish on Saturday was junior AJ Skains (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who placed 89th with a new personal record of 26:49.23. First-year Ian MacLean (South Hamilton, Mass.) followed in 117th place in 27:20.66, junior Brian deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) came in 126th in 27:28.30, and junior captain Nate Kolman (Long Grove, Ill.) placed 150th in 27:52.67. Senior captain Jake Williams (Scaggsville, Md.) continued his stellar stretch run with a 165th-place finish in 28:06.79 in his final collegiate race, and first-year Brian Hickey (Loudonville, N.Y.) rounding out the Beavers' lineup in 231st place with a time of 29:44.73.