“It’s been above expectations,” Bailey said. “I didn’t really expect to be ranked No. 2 going into Big 12 … But I’m hungry for more. I want our team to go out and do well at Big 12. I’m excited.”
Bailey’s outdoor season began with a a win in the 400-meter hurdles at the Bobby Lane Invitational in a time of 51.69. He placed fourth at the Texas Relays and earned his second and third titles at the Sun Angel Track Classic and Texas Invitational.
“For me, it’s just setting goals every week,” said Bailey, who wants to get below the 50-second mark. “Trying to set new goals and standards for my self to go after. If you don’t have a goal to go after, it’s kind of hard to stay motivated.”
Bailey knows he will have his hands full at the conference meet.
“I want to go in and surprise people at Big 12s,” Bailey said. “I know Bryce Brown of Texas Tech is ranked No. 1, but I think it’s going to be a close race and I want to give him a run for his money.”
Coming away with a individual title would be nice for Bailey, but he wants a team title, too.
“It would be huge for me, but even bigger than that, it would be big for the team,” Bailey said. “We can really use the points. It’s going to be race between us, A&M, Texas Tech and Nebraska. Any points that we can scrape up anywhere will definitely be a big help.”
Michael Kinney 366-3537 firstname.lastname@example.org