WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Babson College cross country teams competed at the 2009 ECAC Championships at Williams College on Saturday, where the women's team placed 28th out of 39 schools while the men took 36th out of 43 squads.
First-year Charlotte Margel once again paced the Babson women, placing 93rd with a time of 26:39 in the first 6K race of her collegiate career. Sophomore Michelle Black was close behind in 117th place with a time of 27:07, followed by senior Vanessa Lovering in 151st (27:51) and senior captain Kristen Lang in 176th (28:33). Rounding out the Beavers' lineup were sophomore Colleen Carr in 196th place with a time of 29:06, sophomore captain Emiley McCole in 201st in 29:14, and first-year Jessica Lack in 203rd in 29:16.
The Babson men were led by sophomores Mike Smith and Andrew Oram, who finished two spots and just five-tenths of a second apart. Smith placed 178th overall with a run of 30:48.1, while Oram followed in 180th in 30:48.6. First-year Chris Pierce came in 220th with a time of 32:18, junior captain Jordan Bray placed 242th in 32:36, and sophomore captain Kwami Chambers-Powell finished 240th in 33:13. First-year Mark Irwin came in 245th with a run of 33:28, and junior Jared Bartlett finished 260th in 35:09 in his season debut after missing the team's first six events with an injury.