DURHAM, N.H.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams combined to post eight top-five finishes against Division I, II and III squads at the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) enjoyed another strong performance as she came in second in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:47.71, and fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.66. First-year Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) posted a time of 2:27.26 to finish fifth in the 800 meters, while classmate Hayley Finik (Beverly, Mass.) came in ninth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.42, and finished 10th in the high jump after clearing 4-feet, 7.75-inches.
Sophomore Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) came in fifth in the pole vault, senior Brianna Stiklickas (Nesconset, N.Y.) finished ninth in the javelin, and junior Kim Dvorak (Essex Junction, Vt.) posted a ninth-place result in the 100-meter dash to go along with a 13th-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Melissa Perlman (Bentonville, Ark.) also had a solid day for the Beavers, coming in ninth in the shot put, 11th in the discus and 18th in the hammer throw.
The Babson men recorded nine top-10 finishes, led by senior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) who finished fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:01.07 and fifth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:13.32. Junior Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) also enjoyed a terrific day across multiple events as he finished fifth with a time of 16.22 in the 110-meter hurdles to go along with a ninth-place result in the discus.
First-year John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) came in fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.47, while classmate Jon Miller (Westford, Mass.) finished seventh in the 5000-meter run with a time of 16:16.27. Junior Cezary Bialon (Park Ridge, Ill.) was fifth in the triple jump, sophomore Justin Dill (Bellingham, Mass.) finished eighth in the javelin, and classmate Wyatt Hackett (Brentwood, Tenn.) came in 10th in the 200 meters.
Babson will return to competition at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University on Friday.