Decker Becomes Beavers' First NEWMAC Champion Since 2002
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—First-year John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) became the program's first individual champion since 2002, and senior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) became just the second two-time all-conference honoree in school history as the Babson College men's track & field team finished fifth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium.
Decker, who owns the school record in the 800-meter run, won the program's first individual title in over a decade with a time of 1:55.25. Gulesian, who came in sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.87, finished second in the 1500 meters for the second time in three years, posting a time of 3:58.67. He and Brian Gagne '02, who won the 10000-meter run in back-to-back seasons, are the only two males in program history to earn All-NEWMAC accolades in multiple years.
In addition to their individual achievements, Decker and Gulesian also teamed with junior Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) to set a new school record in the 4x400 relay, helping the Beavers finish fourth.
Babson finished the meet with 43 points, its most since becoming a varsity program in 2001. MIT won its 15th consecutive NEWMAC championship by nearly 100 points, while WPI came in second for the fourth straight year.
Esposito had a strong day for the Green and White, coming in fourth with a time of 15.84 in the 110-meter hurdles, and finishing seventh with a personal-best throw of 47.26 meters in the javelin. Junior Cezary Bialon (Park Ridge, Ill.) came in fourth with a school record setting leap of 5.59 meters in the triple jump, while first-year Jon Miller (Westford, Mass.) finished seventh with a time of 15:50.23 in the 5000-meter run.
Greenfield added a 13th-place result in the 400 meters to his relay record, and sophomore Wyatt Hackett (Brentwood, Tenn.) finished 14th in both the 200 meters and 400 meters. Junior Chris deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) came in 10th in the 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Justin Dill (Bellingham, Mass.) finished 10th in the long jump, and senior Alex Tighe (East Longmeadow, Mass.) wrapped up his career with a 15th-place showing in the 400-meter hurdles.
Babson will return to action on Thursday when it begins competition at the three-day NCAA New England Regional Championships at MIT.