PATRIOT INVITE - Ansley Bailey

Ansley Bailey is shown in the lead in the Patriot Invitational.

Massac senior ends cross country career with 18:39 showing

Massac County’s Ansley Bailey ended her stellar high school cross country career on a high note last Saturday when she won the IHSA Class A Sectional at Swansea’s Clinton Hill Conservation Area.

Bailey ran the three-mile course in 18:39, finishing 41 seconds ahead of Breese Central’s Kirsten Ess.

After winning the Marissa Regional a week earlier, Bailey put the bow on the present when she won her first sectional title.

Despite being deprived of one last shot at the state title, Bailey is excited about her future as a Southern Illinois University harrier next fall.

She told The Southern’s Braden Fogal, “I’m so excited to have a team to run with, I won’t be the Lone Ranger anymore. I’ll actually be pushing myself, and it’s going to be hard because there are going to be girls there that are better than me.”

Bailey’s four-year run began as a freshman when she won the Carterville Regional and finished third at the Benton Sectional.

As a sophomore, she finished second at the Harrisburg Regional and fifth in the Benton Sectional.

Her junior year saw a second-place finish at the West Frankfort Regional and a fourth-place finish at Benton in the sectional.

Her senior year was the crowning jewel for Bailey as she finished first at Marissa in the Class A regional and, after three years of Benton sectionals, she crossed the line first at Swansea’s Clinton Hill Conservation Park to take her first sectional title.

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