Houston, Bailin make championship finals for men's track and field

HANOVER, N.H. -- Colby College's Marcques Houston and Sage Bailin are proving to be among the best in their events in all of New England collegiate track and field after qualifying for championship finals at the Open New England Championships on Friday at Dartmouth College.

The Open New England meet includes all qualifying athletes from Division I, II, and III schools. 
 
Houston's time of 21.85 in the 200-meter dash not only qualified him for Saturday's championship final, but he continues to close in on the school record of Colby great Dom Kone (21.70). Houston finished in third place in his heat and had the sixth-best time of the day. Houston came across the line with Stonehill College's Joseph Connolly, who also had a 21.85. Connolly figured out to a 21.841 to Houston's 21.846.
 
Running in the same third heat of the 200, Colby first-year Ben Smith had a time of 22.45 to place sixth in the heat and 24th overall.
 
Bailin won the first of four heats with a time of 53.17, the third-best of the day in the 400 hurdles. He won the New England Small College Athletic Conference title in a school-record time of 53.07. University of Vermont's Dan DeBlieck was first in 52.93 and Southern Connecticut State's Ruvens Exantus took second in 53.03. Bailin will likely have to break his school record to win Saturday's championship final.
 
Jimmy O'Donnell finished fifth in his heat of the 400 hurdles and placed 21st overall with a time of 57.24.
 
Bailin runs in the 400 hurdles final on Saturday at 3 p.m., while Houston sprints in the 200 at 3:15 p.m.