Track & Field at the NEWMAC Championships
Saturday, April 25—11:00am
Steinbrenner Stadium—Cambridge, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams will travel to MIT for the second weekend in a row as they take part in the 2015 NEWMAC Championships on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The women will look to improve upon last season's ninth-place finish, while the men are looking to move up after coming in sixth last spring.
2014 NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP:
Senior Marina Capalbo became just the fifth female to earn all-conference honors with her second-place finish in the 1500-meter run, while junior Dominic Esposito set a new program mark in the 400-meter hurdles for the Beavers. Capalbo added a third-place result in the 800 meters, and Imani Smith '14 came in fourth in the 400-meter hurdles and 13th in the 200-meter dash. Esposito added a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, while senior Mark Gulesian came in seventh in the 1500 meter and ninth in the 800 meters for Babson.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
The Green and White enters the conference meet after a number of strong performances last week. Esposito got things started by posting six personal bests, including a new school record in the pole vault, on his way to totaling a program-record 6,133 points in the decathlon at Holy Cross last Thursday. His score ranks 10th among all Division III competitors this season, and he qualified for both the NCAA New England and ECAC Championships for the third straight season after shattering his previous school mark set last season by over 500 points…Capalbo posted a time of 4:35.07 in the 1500 meters, good for the second-fastest time in school history and the 13th best time in Division III this season at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton last Friday, while first-year John Decker broke his own school record with a time of 1:54.13 in the 800-meter run at Princeton…Capalbo enters the meet looking to become the first female in program history to earn All-NEWMAC honors in back-to-back seasons, while Gulesian, who garnered all-conference accolades with a second-place finish in the 1500 meters in 2013, can become just the second male in school history to earn multiple all-league honors on Saturday…Junior Cezary Bialon, who set a new school record in the triple jump at MIT last Saturday, and sophomores Paris Ekman and Melissa Perlman all enter the event looking to build on a strong spring that has seen each of them set new program marks.
SCOUTING THE FIELD:
In the men's half of the meet, everyone must contend with MIT, which has won 14 consecutive conference titles going back to 2001. The Engineers, who currently sit just outside of the USTFCCCA Top 25, have finished ahead of WPI in each of the last three NEWMAC Championships…on the women's side, sixth-ranked MIT enters the weekend having claimed each of the last six conference championships. Wheaton, which won nine league titles in a 10-year stretch from 1998-2008, has finished second in each of the last three years.