KEENE, N.H. -- The Babson College cross country teams opened their 2009 season at the Keene State Invitational on Saturday. The women placed third out of four teams, while the men finished fourth in their half of the event.
First-year Charlotte Margel (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Michelle Black (San Diego, Calif.) led the Babson women, who ran a two-mile race. Margel posted a time of 12:56 to finish 11th in her collegiate debut, while Black came in 12th with a time of 13:01. Senior Vanessa Lovering (Hollis, N.H.) also ran well in her first college event, finishing 33rd in 13:55, and senior Kristen Lang (Kennebunk, Maine) placed 42nd in 14:30. Rounding out the Beavers' lineup were first-year Jessica Lack in 45th, sophomore Colleen Carr (Brewer, Maine) in 46th, sophomore Wendy Glickenhouse (Red Hook, N.Y.) in 47th, and sophomore Emiley McCole (West Bridgewater, Mass.) in 50th.
The men's team opened with a 5k competition, with sophomore Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio) leading the team with a 37th-place finish in a time of 18:13. Sophomore Michael Smith (Brockton, Mass.) followed in 40th place in 18:17, and first-year Jake Williams (Scaggsville, Md.) kicked off his Babson career in 42nd place in 18:21.
Also competing for the Babson men were sophomore Andrew Oram (NOrthborough, Mass.), who placed 48th, sophomore Justin Bowman (Plymouth, Mass.), who came in 50th, first-year Chris Pierce, who finished 51st, first-year Mark Irwin, who came in 54th, sophomore Kwami Chambers-Powell (Middletown, Conn.), who placed 58th, and junior Jordan Bray (Henderson, Nev.), who finished 59th.