Posted: Jan 11, 2019
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Sage Bailin and James Gibson both set long-standing school records during outdoor track and field last spring and will look to continue that success when Colby College starts the indoor season.
The Mules, under head coach Dave Cusano, head to MIT to face the Engineers and Bates College in the season opener Saturday.
"Effort and execution have been the driving ideals throughout the preparation period. With the competition season kicking off this weekend we are extremely excited about the work that has been done up to this point," Cusano said. "With veteran leadership and promising newcomers the idea of improving our rankings both regionally and nationally is overly exciting. We are looking forward to the competitive opportunities that are in front of us."
Bailin (pictured) went to the NCAA meet in the 400 hurdles, broke a 20-year-old school record in the event, and won the NESCAC title. Bailin does not get to run the 400 hurdles during the indoor season, but will be in a number of events.
Gibson broke a 49-year-old school record by leaping 23-8 in the long jump during the outdoor season. He will compete in the long jump and triple jump this winter.
Ben Smith, who placed seventh in the 200 dash at the NESCAC meet, was key in relays along with Bailin. Smith also will run the 400 dash for the Mules. Nick Boutin, who will run sprints, teamed with Bailin and Smith to win the indoor state title in the 1,600 relay.
Ty Farris was strong in the sprints a year ago, placing seventh in the NESCAC in the 100 dash in the outdoor meet. He placed second at the Maine State meet in the indoor 60 dash. Farris and Smith were part of the 400 relay team that placed seventh in the outdoor 400 at the New England Division III meet.
Angus Shuster finished in sixth place in the decathlon for Colby at the New England Division III outdoor meet. Liam McDonough took fourth in the 600 meters at the state indoor meet and is capable of running in the distance relays. Eli Decker also returns for the Mules after a fine cross country season in the fall.
Cusano is hoping for immediate impact help from sophomore transfer Tanner Burton and first-years Ethan Springhorn and Nick Peterson.