COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M sophomore sprinter Aldrich Bailey, Jr. will be out of action for up to six weeks after breaking his foot during the final of the 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bailey broke his left foot in the early stages of the 200 meter final at the NCAA Indoors on Friday evening. He finished the race, setting a personal best time of 20.66 for seventh place, and scored two points for the Aggies.
When he clocked 20.66 at the NCAA Indoor meet it was the fourth time Bailey had lowered his career best in the event this indoor season. He opened with a 20.89 best in January, then lowered it to 20.82 in the prelims of the SEC Indoor Championships. A fourth-place finish in the SEC final produced a 20.69 for Bailey. In the 400 meters Bailey also set a career indoor best as he ran 46.25 twice.
Bailey was also a member of the 4x400 collegiate record when the Aggies won the SEC Indoor title in 3:03.20. He ran the second leg, posting the second best split of 45.40 among the A&M foursome.
Texas A&M opens the outdoor season this Friday and Saturday in San Antonio where the Aggies will compete in the UTSA Texas Challenge Invite on March 21-22. In six weeks the Aggies will be competing in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia while the SEC Outdoor Championships will be held May 15-18 in Lexington, Kentucky.