CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams put together one of the best performances in program history at the NCAA New England Division III Championships on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers set three school records and had six individuals earn All-New England honors as the men came in 20th and the women 22nd at Steinbrenner Stadium on the campus of MIT.
Senior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) continued her superb campaign by breaking her own school records in both the 800 and 1500 meters, while becoming the first female in program history to collect All-New England accolades in three consecutive seasons. Posting fourth-place finishes in both events, she ran a time of 2:15.67 to break her previous mark by over a second in the 800-meter run, and then shattered her old time by over two seconds, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:31.95 in the 1500 meters.
After junior Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) became the first male to take home All-New England honors on Friday afternoon in the decathlon, the Babson men finished off their best weekend at the NCAA New England Championship with five more all-region awards. Senior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.) posted a time of 3:56.10 to come in seventh in the 1500-meter run, while first-year John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) broke his own school record with a time of 1:54.16 to place sixth in the 800 meters.
The duo was also part of a record-setting performance by the 4x400 relay team for the second week in a row at MIT, as they took home All-New England recognition along with Esposito and sophomore JD Greenfield (Reading, Mass.) by coming in eighth with a time of 3:24.08. The six all-region awards are a men's program record for the Beavers, who had not seen multiple athletes be named All-New England since 2002.
Babson will return to action next Saturday when it travels to the University at Albany to take part in the Purple and Gold Last Chance Meet.