FITCHBURG, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams enjoyed a banner day at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet at Fitchburg State University on Saturday, as they set two school records and recorded seven top-three finishes.
First-year John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) was the Beavers' top performer, as he won the 800-meter run for the second meet in a row while setting a new school record and qualifying for the ECAC Championships in May. He posted a time of 1:55.09 to better the previous mark set back in 2010 by 0.60 seconds.
Sophomore Melissa Perlman (Bentonville, Ark.) also set her second school record in as many meets with a throw of 83-feet, 9-inches in the hammer. She also added a ninth-place finish with a toss of 33-feet, 5.25-inches in the shot put, and came in 22nd in the discus with a score of 80-feet, 8-inches.
Senior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) had another terrific meet, posting a pair of second-place results. She finished with a time of 2:22.05 in the 800 meters and ran the 1500 meters in a time of 4:51.14 to qualify for the ECAC Championships in both events.
First-year Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) came in sixth with a season-best time of 2:28.66 in the 800 meters, while junior Kim Dvorak (Essex Junction, Vt.) finished 14th in the 100 meters and was 16th in the 200 meters. First-year Hayley Finik (Beverly, Mass.) posted a 14th-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.59, and senior Blair Ginden (Amston, Conn.) came in 21st in the javelin with a throw of 55-feet, 6-inches.
Senior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) posted the best time of his career (1:56.74) to finish second behind Decker in the 800 meters, while first-year Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) came in 14th with a time of 2:04.70. Colaco also came in 10th with a time of 4:20.07 in the 1500 meters.
Junior Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) finished third in the pole vault and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles, while sophomore Justin Dill (Bellingham, Mass.) came in sixth in the long jump and 18th in the javelin. First-year Jon Miller (Westford, Mass.) posted a seventh-place result in the 10000 meters, and the Beavers 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams came in first and second, respectively.
Babson will return to action on Saturday when it travels to the University of New Hampshire for the Wildcat Invitational starting at 10 a.m.