Track & Field at the ECAC Championships
Thursday, May 14-Friday, May 15
Springfield College Track & Field Facility—Springfield, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's track & field teams had eight individuals qualify for this week's season-ending ECAC Championships at Springfield College. The two-day event will start with the first five events of the decathlon and the 4x400-meter relay on Thursday, with the final five events of the decathlon as well as the mid-distance running events taking place on Friday.
LAST SEASON AT THE ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Junior Dominic Esposito posted four personal bests and finished with a then-school-record 5,634 points to come in 11th in the decathlon. Senior Mark Gulesian finished 22nd in the 1500-meter run and Imani Smith '14 placed 13th in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Marina Capalbo, who qualified in both the 800 and 1500 meters, was a late scratch from both events due to injury.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
The Beavers enter the final event before the NCAA national championships with a great deal of momentum after setting seven school records over their last two events. Gulesian broke first-year John Decker's record in the 800-meter run by .07 seconds at the University of Albany last Saturday, and the duo has combined with Esposito and sophomore JD Greenfield to set back-to-back program marks in the 4x400 relay. Capalbo shattered her own school records in the 800 and 1500 meters two weeks ago at the NCAA New England Championships and qualified to run in both events on Friday. Esposito will look to set his third program record in the decathlon this season while improving his standing on the NCAA performance list after finishing third to earn all-region honors at the NCAA New England meet two weeks ago. Junior Cezary Bialon, who set a new school record in the triple jump this spring, is the only Babson competitor that will be unable to compete due to injury.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Capalbo, who has qualified for the NCAA national championships in each of the last two seasons, has the 11th-best time in the 1500-meter run this spring, while Esposito's score of 6,159 points in the decathlon ranks 21st among Division III competitors this season.