CUMBERLAND, Maine -- The Babson College cross country teams closed out their 2009 season at the NCAA Division III New England Championships at the Twin Brooks course on Saturday. Despite running without top runner Charlotte Margel, the women still managed to improve six spots from a year ago, finishing 33rd out of 47 scoring teams. Meanwhile, the men's squad came in 29th out of 48 scoring squads.
The top run of the day was turned in by Babson sophomore Michelle Black, who recorded a huge personal record in placing 101st overall. Her time of 24:30 was the eighth fastest 6k effort in Babson history, and the second fastest by a Babson runner on at Twin Brooks behind only Lydia Halloran's run of 23:43 in 2004.
The women's team also received excellent runs from senior Vanessa Lovering, who placed 170th with a time of 25:50 - the 21 quickest 6k run in team history - and Colleen Carr, who finished 203rd in 26:23. Senior captain Kristen Lang was close behind Carr, finishing 228th in 26:58 in the final race of her outstanding career, sophomore captain Emily McCole came in 246th in 27:21, and first-year Jessica Lack placed 253rd in 27:33. McCole's time was also a personal best, and was nearly four minutes faster than her regional run last year.
On the men's side, sophomore Kyle Fitzpatrick recorded the Beavers' top finish in 121st place with a time of 27:37, followed by sophomore Mike Smith in 136th with a run of 27:58. Sophomore Andrew Oram and first-year Jake Williams finished back-to-back in 180th and 181st, posting times of 28:46 and 28:47, respectively, and first-year Chris Pierce added the team's lone PR in 242nd place with a run of 30:14. Rounding out the Beavers' lineup were first-year Mark Irwin, who placed 253rd in 30:30, and junior captain Jordan Bray, who came in 264th in 30:53.