Bailin third, Houston fourth at Open New England Championships

HANOVER, N.H. – Sage Bailin finished in third place in the 400-meter hurdles and Marcques Houston placed fourth in the 200 dash for the Colby College men’s outdoor track and field team at the Open New England Championships on Saturday at Dartmouth College.

Colby also received a fourth from its 1,600 relay team of Jimmy O’Donnell, Bailin, Ben Smith, and Houston. The Mules placed 16th overall with 21 points and were fourth among New England Small College Athletic Conference colleges. Colby was in front of Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst, Connecticut College, Trinity, and Wesleyan.

The Open New England meet includes all qualifying athletes from Division I, II, and III schools. 

Bailin had a time of 53.22 in the eight-man championship final after clocking 53.17 in the preliminary races Friday. Bailin, the New England Small College Athletic Conference champion, has the Colby record in the 400 hurdles at 53.07. University of Vermont’s Dan DeBlieck won the event in 52.65.

Houston had a time of 21.80 to continue to close in on the school record of Colby All-American Dom Kone (21.70). Houston made the championship final by running 21.85 in Friday’s preliminary race. Irie Gourde of Brandeis won the 200 dash in 21.41.

Bailin ran the second leg and Houston the anchor leg in the 1,600 relay. O’Donnell ran first for the Mules and Smith was third to help Colby finish with a 3:17.38.