All-state runner, multiple medalist Roe chooses Weber State

April 27, 2018

Bailey Roe running cross country track

Bailey Roe

Going D1 is a badge of honor for Alaska high school athletes, but finding the right fit was more important to Bailey Roe of Fairbanks.

She got both with Weber State University.

The all-state runner in cross country and track and field received a scholarship from the NCAA D1 Wildcats of the Big Sky Conference.

“Having a D1 offer is so humbling. I’ve always wanted to go to a D1 school – that has been my goal ever since I really started to enjoy running,” Roe told me. “I am beyond blessed to be joining such an outstanding team. A huge reason for me wanting to go D1 is that I want to be pushed to my full potential. I want to improve.”

Roe, of West Valley High fame, is one of the best distance runners in Alaska and won two state championships with the Wolfpack in cross country. She was sixth last fall as a senior. She has had more individual success in track and racked up four silver medals at the state meet as a junior and sophomore.

She had also considered Boise State, Murray State, Utah, Washington State and Arizona State.

“I chose Weber State because the area is perfect, not too far and not too close to home. They get little snow there, which is perfect, but just enough to get my snow fix,” Roe said. “When I visited the campus, I loved everything about it. I had a warm feeling, something I did not quite feel with other campuses.”

She plans to major in the health field.

“Nutrition really interests me,” Roe said.

At West Valley, she usually ate up the competition as a staple for one of the state’s premier running programs.

“Through the years I’ve realized how important team is. The West Valley running team has really prepared me for the next level by showing me the importance of team; team is everything, team is family,” Roe said. “I got the chance to bond with these people and get to know all about them and I think that is so important for a team.

“Dan Callahan is an amazing coach. He does everything for his runners and he does it all out of volunteer and passion for being a phenomenal coach. I really won the lottery these past four years with this coach. He is such a big contributor to me going on to the collegiate level.”