Corydon Central runner signs with Georgetown
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
Corydon Central Sarah Bailey signed her national letter of intent to continue running at Georgetown College in Kentucky.
Bailey ran cross-country for the Lady Panthers and is also a member of the track team, where she focuses on more of the distance events.
She said there were a number of things that went in to making the decision to attend GC. “I absolutely fell in love with the campus from the first time I saw it,” she said. “The team is great; they all made me feel welcome. I just really felt at home.”
She said Georgetown College also has an excellent X-ray science program, which is the degree she plans to pursue.
Bailey, who is the daughter of Kenny and Angie Bailey, started running in fourth grade and she liked it enough to continue. She said she fell in love with running because of the time with her teammates and the challenge the sport offers.
“I know it sounds kind of crazy, but the thought that I just ran six miles really fast and it really hurt, but it was a great accomplishment,” she said.
In high school, Bailey has been part of some really good teams. She said one of the best moments was her freshman year when the Lady Panthers accomplished a number of program firsts.
“My freshman year we were the first girls’ cross-country team to ever win conference,” she said. “That was a great accomplishment, but we also went to semi-state for the first time. My whole freshman year we were accomplishing a lot of program firsts.”
Bailey plans to compete in track this spring and then do both cross-country and track at Georgetown. How much she is able to compete as a freshman remains to be seen, but she is optimistic.
“I hope I am able to compete,” she said. “Coach told me there are quite a few girls competing for spots, and, hopefully, I am one of the top seven.”
Usually during this time of year, seniors are either sad about seeing high school come to a close or really ready to get on the college campus and get the next chapter started. Bailey said she falls into the latter group.
“I am more excited about the future,” she said. “I can’t wait to make more friends and be in a different environment. I am really looking forward to the newness of it all.”
Bailey is the second Corydon Central athlete this spring to sign with Georgetown College. Earlier, Christian Wilkerson signed to play football there.