Gulesian Finishes Third, Capalbo Comes In Eighth In Season Debut
WESTFIELD, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's cross country teams returned to action following a two-week hiatus with a number of strong performances at the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State University on Saturday afternoon. The men, paced by senior Mark Gulesian's (Miami, Fla.) third-place finish, came in seventh out of 37 teams, while the women's squad, sparked by the return to standout senior Marina Capalbo (Gainesville, Va.), placed 18th in the 44-team field.
Gulesian finished the Stanley Park 8k course in a time of 25:58 to post his third top-10 result in four races this fall. He was followed by first-year Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass.), who came in 41st with a time of 27:08, and junior Ian MacLean (South Hamilton, Mass.), who finished 45th with a time of 27:15. Sophomore Will Nemeth (Coplay, Pa.) posted a time of 27:37 to finish 57th, while first-year Scott Atwood (West Newbury, Mass.) rounded out the scorers for the Beavers with a time of 28:31.
Senior Brian Hickey (Loudonville, N.Y.) set a new personal record with a time of 28:43, while sophomores Kevin Jang (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Josh McGovern (Falmouth, Maine) also posted the best times of their careers.
Capalbo, who made her season debut on Saturday, finished ninth in a field of 426 runners with a time of 18:39, good for the third-best 5k time in program history. Junior Kelli Halligan (Melrose, Mass.) set a new personal record and came in 56th with a time of 19:57, while first-year Melanie Plattner (Fort Lee, N.J.) posted a time of 20:37 to finish 86th. Classmate Sarah Anthony (Netcong, N.J.) had the best time of her career, finishing the course in 21:24, as did sophomore Amy Warner (Rockland, Mass.), who came in with a personal-best time of 24:48.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it takes part in the Emmanuel College Saints Invitational at Franklin Park. The women's race will get underway at 4 p.m., followed by the men's race at 4:45 p.m.