Girls Student Athlete: Bailey Christensen
Bailey is our girls sprint/hurdle team captain and sets a great example for all the athletes on the team. She is extremely dedicated and works very hard to achieve her goals. She is usually one of the last athletes to leave practice, and most the time I must tell her to stop for the day. She always shows up to practice with a smile on her face and ready to get to work. Last year she made it to state in the 4X100, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and the 4X400. Her goal is to repeat in all those events and score higher spots on the podium. Bailey worked on her own through the summer on her hurdle technique, and spent the winter training and racing at indoor meets. She is part of the 4X100 relay which won at Cache-Box, and went under the state qualifying mark. She is also ranked first in the region in the 300 hurdles, and sixth in the state for 3A, and is only two tenths of a second off the state qualifying mark.
Bailey not only excels on the track, but also has a love and talent for art. She also loves being outdoors, going hiking, snowshoeing, or anything else she can find to keep her busy. She has a love for life that spreads to anyone who is around her. One thing that has always impressed me as a coach is her ability to shake off a bad race or performance. She will get down for a little while, but soon she is right back to work, and smiling while she does it. This can be seen by everyone watching her run the 300 hurdles, she almost looks as though she is laughing over each one. There are few athletes who find joy in the 300 hurdles, and it shows how tough she is not just physically but also mentally.
After she graduates Bailey will be going to SUU where she received an academic scholarship, and plans to walk on to the track team there. I am sure she will be just as great an addition to their team as she has been on ours. It is a joy and privilege to be able to coach as dedicated and hard working athlete as Bailey. I know her work ethic and constant striving for perfection will take her far in life.
Chad Hurst, Head Track Coach
I haven’t had the pleasure of teaching Bailey but as the Athletic Director I have observed her both in Soccer and on the Track team and have been very impressed with her consistent work ethic. I would every once in a while go out and watch practice and I was always impressed that she was never cutting corners but instead always working hard even if she thought no one was watching. That kind of work ethic and integrity is rare and impressive.
One thing that was very evident right from the start was everything she did in soccer or track was to help her team and, as her coach mentioned, always seems to be having fun. I have always been told if you’re having fun then it isn’t work. With that being true, Bailey will never have to work a day in her life. I never saw her blaming or complaining no matter what the circumstance. She was always about building her teammates up and doing whatever was asked of her to help her team.
I am also impressed with how kind and respectful she is to everyone she comes in contact with, whether it is a fellow teammate, a classmate or a teacher. In fact I could always count on a smile and a hello from her anytime I passed her in the hall.
In her four years at Bear River she has maintained a 3.566 while taking a rigorous schedule of upper division classes. I would like to congratulate Bailey and wish her the best in the future and with her work ethic and attitude it will happen.
Van Park, Athletic Director
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