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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"I got two points for the team," Bailey said post NCAA "But it just wasn't clicking today. No excuses. I'll get ready for the Jamaican Trials and I'll be back here next year."

Bailey said again July 28 he'll be back for his senior Arkansas season.

"Coming back next year to the NCAA's," Bailey said, "I'll have a lot of confidence coming off my national meet and the international meet. It's a big boost of confidence. I think I can come back next with everybody's eyes on me as one of the top competitors in the long jump."

His event coach, University of Florida bound former longtime Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth, won't be back on Chris Bucknam's Razorback staff next year.

However, with Booth not yet moved to Gainesville, he has continued to train Bailey for the World Championships.

"It's been a long year," Booth said of Bailey's late July training, "and we are trying not to overdo it. Because you can do too much at this time of the year. So we have been running 55's and lifting weights, with short but serious sessions in the weightroom, and then get on the runway for accuracy and feel. He's done a good job."

And one of the greatest jobs on that last Jamaican jump, jumping Bailey in Booth's mind right up with there former Razorback 10-time NCAA long jump-triple champion Erick Walder.

Walder was hosting a July 27 farewell party for Booth when the departing coach compared his host's surpassing Florida's Dion Bentley on the last round of 1993 NCAA Outdoor long jumping with Bailey last-jump surpassing Jamaicans Julian Reid of Texas A&M and Nicholas Gordon of Nebraska.

"I remember Dion Bentley went 27-6 1-2," Booth said, "and Erick was the next jumper, and I swear I don't know if they had finished raking the sand from Bentley's jump when Erick started running and hits a 28-foot jump and it's over."

That's the mark of a great one, and now Booth said Bailey has made his mark.

"Winning that Jamaican championship," Booth said, "he did exactly what I have been wanting him to do all year and that's react. He was in second place going into the final jump and the guy in third went ahead of him and he turned right around and did an all time best 27-foot jump. The last guy, Julian Reid, from Texas A&M couldn't beat him."

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