CANTON, N.Y.—Senior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.) came in 17th in the prelims of the women's 1500-meter run, while junior Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) sits in 17th place with 3,105 points in the decathlon after the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at the Merrick-Pinkard Track & Field Complex on the campus of St. Lawrence University.
Capalbo, who was making her third consecutive NCAA national championship appearance, came in seventh in her heat with a time of 4:38.20 and narrowly missed out on advancing to Saturday's finals. She finished with her best time in three trips to the national meet, but came in just over three seconds out of the 12th and final spot in Saturday's finals.
Esposito made his NCAA national championship debut on Thursday with the first five events of the decathlon. He came in 17th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.69 in the opening event, and matched it with another 17th-place finish after a leap of 19-feet, 6-inches in the long jump.
Esposito came in 16th in both the shot put, after a throw of 33-feet, 8-inches, and the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 8-inches, before concluding the day with an eighth-place result in the 400-meter run. He won his heat and collected 748 points with a time of 51.48.
The final five events of the decathlon begin on Friday at 12 p.m.
MEET NOTES: Thursday's race marked the final event of Capalbo's illustrious Babson career…in addition to being a three-time NCAA championship qualifier, Capalbo is a three-time All-NEWMAC and five-time All-New England honoree in track & field, and is also the cross country program's only NCAA qualifier.