GENEVA, Ohio – On the biggest stage at the Spire Institute, this year's home of the Division III outdoor track and field national championships, Sage Bailin captured third place in the 400 m hurdles for the first All-American finish of his career. Bailin's time of 51.94 broke his own school record, which he set on Thursday during the event's preliminary heats.
Bailin, a junior, came into the championships already owning the school record in the event with a time of 53.07. In the preliminary heats, he qualified for the finals with the 3rd fastest time, recording a 52.62 to become the first Colby athlete to run faster than 53 seconds. Bailin bested his performance in the final, shattering Thursday's mark and becoming the Mules' first runner to run under 52 seconds.
Speaking about Bailin's effort, as well as those of Colby female track athletes Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik and Rachel Leonard, coach Dave Cusano said the showed, "compassion, desire, execution, and discipline. I couldn't be more proud of Rachel, Sophie, and Sage. Two All-Americans, a school record, and finishing 6th, 3rd, and 17th at the NCAA Championship is an exceptional showing. These mules represented Colby in a very professional manner all weekend and I am very humbled by their efforts."
Bailin, who also won the 400 m hurdles at this year's NESCAC Championships, returns to Colby for his senior year.