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2009 NCAA MIDEAST REGION CHAMPION
2009 SEC OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
FOUR-TIME SEC CHAMPION
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER
JAMAICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER
2009: Indoor: He opened his junior campaign with a provisional-qualifying 24-9 long jump at the Razorback Invitational, finishing third. Bailey continued with a high jump of 6-8.75, to finish 10th, at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. He finished second in the long jump at the Tyson Invitational with an NCAA automatic-qualifying jump of 25-10.25. At the SEC Championships, he earned a runner-up finish in the long jump with a mark of 25-1.25, good for the fifth All-SEC honor of his career. He also finished eighth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-8.25. He ended the season with a 14th-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Championships (24-2.5). Outdoor: Bailey continued his junior year into the outdoor season where he jumped a regional-qualifying mark of 24-1 in the long jump and placed 10th at the Sun Angel Classic. At that same meet, he also ran the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay that placed third with a regional-qualifying time of 40.09. Not more than a week later did Bailey out-do himself at the McDonnell Invitational where he bettered his long jump mark to 26-2.25, placing first in the meet and improving his regional-qualifying mark. At the SEC Championships, he took home titles in the long jump and the high jump. He marked a long jump of 25-8.75 and cleared a regional-qualifying height of 7-1.5 in the high jump. His high jump clearance is No. 10 on Arkansas' all-time list. He was named the SEC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year for his efforts and Bailey was the first SEC competitor to win both the high jump and the long jump at the same outdoor championships since Florida's Michael Morrison in 2006 and is the first Hog to ever win both the high jump and the long jump in SEC Outdoor competition. Bailey improved on his long jump even more at the NCAA Mideast Championships, jumping a distance of 26-5.5, good for another long jump title and a trip to the NCAA Championships. His jump at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships led all collegians in 2009. Moving on to the NCAA Championships, Bailey placed seventh with a final long jump of 25-11.25 after jumping a prelim mark of 26-1.5. He earned the third All-America honor of his career. Bailey's season did not end there as he competed in the Jamaican National Championships and recorded his best long jump of the season at 26-11.25, placing first in the event. His jump stands as the No. 5 mark in school history. With his win in Jamaica, Bailey was named to the World Championships team. In Berlin, one of three current Razorbacks competing, he finished 11th in his flight in the qualifying round of the long jump with a mark of 25-10.25. He did not advance to the final.
2008: Indoor: Bailey's sophomore season was a continuation of the success of his stellar freshman campaign. He opened the season with a provisional-qualifying clearance of 7-0.25 in the high jump at the Arkansas Invite. He made his long jump debut at the Razorback Invite with a provisional-qualifying leap of 25-7.25 and won the event. He earned SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors for his performance at the Razorback Invite. At the New Balance Collegiate Invite, he cleared 6-10.25 to tie for fourth in the high jump. At the Tyson invitational, he long jumped 24-3.75 to finish 10th. He rebounded at the SEC Championships with a title win in the long jump with a leap of 25-6.25, his first SEC title. Competing in the high jump at the same time, he earned a bronze finish in the event with a clearance of 6-10.25. He scored 16 points for the Hogs at the SEC Championships and earned his third All-SEC honor. With a solid mark in the long jump, he concentrated on the high jump at the Arkansas Last Chance but only managed a clearance of 6-10.75. At the NCAA Championships, he entered the meet with a season-best long jump of 25-6.25. He went on to finish seventh, earn the second All-America honor of his career and record a personal-best jump of 25-10.25, also the seventh-best mark in school history. His season-best mark ranked second in the SEC in 2008. Outdoor: Bailey was a workhorse for the Hogs, competing in the high jump, long jump and 4x100-meter relay during the season. He opened the season with the first of four regional-qualifying marks in the relay. The quartet clocked a time of 40.50 in the prelims and 40.37 in the finals at Texas Relays. He made his season debut in the long jump at the John McDonnell Invitational. He won the event and marked a regional-qualifying jump, his first of three during the season, measuring 25-8.75. At Penn Relays, he finished third in the long jump with a leap of 25-0. He won his second SEC long jump title with a personal-best jump of 26-0.75. He also finished sixth in the jump at the SEC Championships. He earned an automatic trip to the NCAAs with a second-place finish in the long jump and a third-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. He marked another jump of 26-0.75 and the relay clocked a time of 39.70. At the NCAA Championships, he finished 11th in the prelims (25-2) and 12th in the finals of the long jump (25-0.75). The 4x100-meter relay finished 12th (40.00).
2007: Indoor: In his Razorback debut, Bailey marked an NCAA provisional-qualifying leap of 25-0.75 and earned a first-place finish in the long jump. At the two-day Razorback Invitational, he cleared 6-11 in the high jump, good for a silver finish, on day one. The next day he came back to register a 47-8 (11th) in the triple jump. At the New Balance Collegiate Invite, he finished third in the long jump (24-11.25) with his second provisional-qualifying mark of the season. He competed in both the long and triple jumps at the Tyson Invitational. In the long jump, he finished sixth with his third provisional-qualifying mark of the season, 25-0.5. He improved his season-best in the triple jump to 49-1 (13th). He was Arkansas' high-point scorer at the SEC Championships after taking runner-up honors in the long jump (25-4) and a bronze finish in the high jump (6-11.5) while competing in both events at the same time. His long jump was also his fourth provisional-qualifying mark of the season. He was just out of scoring potential with a 10th-place finish in the triple jump (47-9). Bailey continued his stellar indoor freshman campaign with a bronze finish at the NCAA Championships. His mark of 25-6.75 in the long jump was the national leader among freshmen during the 2007 indoor season. Outdoor: He opened the outdoor season with a regional-qualifying long jump of 24-5 and a sixth-place finish at Texas Relays. He marked another regional-qualifying leap at Mt. SAC Relays with a 24-4.5 and an eighth-place finish. At the John McDonnell Invitational, he competed in both the high and long jumps. He tied for first in the high jump with a regional-qualifying clearance of 6-10.75. He also won the long jump with his third regional-qualifying mark of the season (25-3.25). At the Arkansas Twilight, he finished third in the long jump with a leap of 25-3.25. He was Arkansas' high-point scorer among field event athletes at the SEC Championships after taking runner-up honors in the long jump (25-7.25) and a bronze finish in the high jump (6-10.75). Both marks were regional qualifications. He suffered a season-ending knee injury while warming up for the triple jump at the SEC Championships. His personal- and season-best long jump (25-7.25) ranked him ninth in the nation and first among freshman competitors.
AT KINGSTON COLLEGE: Bailey's best prep marks included 25-10.25 in the long jump, a Jamaican high school best, 50-9.25 in the triple jump and 6-10.75 in the high jump. Bailey was the top individual point-scorer at the Jamaican Boys' Championships for his final two years while competing in the long, triple and high jumps. He was the C.A.C. gold medalist in the long jump in the summer of 2006. In 2002 and 2003, he also won a gold medal in the high jump for Jamaica at the Junior Carifta Games. In 2002, he captured the high jump title and was second in the long jump at Jamaican Boys' Championships.
PERSONAL: Born on Aug. 14, 1987, he is the son of Earl and Denver Bailey. He is enrolled in the Sam M. Walton College of Business and is majoring in transportation and logistics.
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