Gibson, Bailin both break old records for men's track and field

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- James Gibson broke the second-oldest Colby College record in the long jump and Sage Bailin broke a 20-year-old record in the 400-meter hurdles for the men's outdoor track and field team at the University of Southern New Hampshire Invitational on Saturday.

"On a day where the weather wasn't favorable for performances, both James and Sage completely demonstrated high levels of effort and execution," Colby head coach Dave Cusano said. "When records that have stood for 49 and 20 years respectively get broken,  it's a testament to the student-athletes commitment to excellence being rewarded." 
 
Gibson had been inching up toward the 1969 record of 23-feet, 6-inches set by Rodney Braithwaite. Gibson, on his first leap of the day, went 23-8 to make the record his own. He decided to pass on his remaining jumps and won the event for the Mules. Gibson also placed fourth in the high jump (6-3.25).
 
"It was definitely a little chilly, and it got colder as the day went on. Lucky I was able to jump before it got too cold," Gibson said. "During my warm-up for the jump I felt better than I expected, but no different than usual. However, everything came together and I was able to put together a pretty good jump. I definitely wouldn't say I was "fated" to jump well, but I just tried not to be too fancy and stay relaxed."
 
Meanwhile, Bailin came just shy in an earlier meet of breaking the 1998 record of 54.09 set by Tyrone Bouchard in the 400 hurdles. Bailin ran 54.03 to earn the victory and also finished fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.06) and fifth in the triple jump (42-4).
 
"It was a pretty cold day to run, but the track at SNHU was fast. I was a little late to the party because James had already broken the long jump record earlier in the day, so I wanted to do the same in the 400 hurdles," Bailin said. "The back stretch felt really smooth and easy like coach emphasizes it should and so when I got to the 250 mark I just decided to go for it. I knew it was going to be close. I felt like I had broken it when I crossed the finish line and ended up barely getting it by .06 seconds."
 
The Mules also had wins from Ty Farris in the 100 dash (11.37), Marcques Houston in the 400 meters (49.94), and Josiah Johnson in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:18.48). 
 
Colby also won all three relays at the meet. Zach O'Connor, Nick Boutin, Farris, and Houston combined to win the 400 relay (42.59). Boutin, James O'Donnell, Houston, and Ben Smith were winners in the 1,600 relay (3:25.97). Liam McDonough, Dominic Giardini, Robert Dettman, and Arthur Cassidy won the 3,200 relay in 8:31.98.
 
Reeve Maddux was second in the 5,000 meters (15:49.73) ahead of teammate Gabe Kline (15:58.75). O'Donnell took second in the 400 hurdles (57.46) behind Bailin, while Eli Decker took a third in the mile (4:31.60). Kline was fourth in the mile (4:35.04) and Robert Dettman placed fifth in 4:40.03. Jason Dunn added a fourth in the steeplechase (11:16.31) and Keith Barnatchez was fifth in the 800 meters (2:03.72).