Senior Spotlight: Emilee Dailey



May 8, 2014

Senior Emilee Dailey with parents, Wayne and Lois, at the 2014 Senior Night Presentation

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Emilee Dailey arrived at Mizzou in 2010 from Joplin HS in Joplin, Mo.  The 2010 MSHSAA State Championships Runner-Up in the high jump, Dailey continued finding success in the event while sporting the black and gold.  

Dailey was recognized as First Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2011 and 2012, and made the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2013.  She was also awarded a health professions scholarship from the Air Force, making her a lieutenant.  

Dailey will earn a B.A. in Biology and continue her studies with medical school in the fall.  She will finish her degree in four years and start work as an Air Force physician.


 On how she got started...
 I started track and field in seventh grade.  I can't remember much about my first meet, I'm  pretty sure I high jumped, hurdled, and threw shot and discus.  I know I completely ate  it during my hurdle race, so I decided then and there that I was done with them for  good.  I never ran hurdles again.

 Why she chose the high jump...
 In middle school, I did everything.  I hurdled, ran, high jumped, and threw shot and  discus.  My dad and brothers were all throwers, so that was originally what I wanted to  do, but I am not built for that event.  I ended up sticking to high jump because I thought it was fun and I felt like I had the potential to be good at it.

Her favorite memory before Mizzou...
Competing at the State Championships - I high jumped and got second.

On why she chose Missouri...
My brother (Tyler) did track here, and his experience helped influence me to come here for track.  I liked that he was up here, so I would have family nearby, and I also wanted to go to a big college.  He just had a great experience while he was here, I knew the coaches already, and it seemed like a good fit.

Her favorite Mizzou memory...
I cherish every moment that allowed me to hang out with my friends.  There are too many great memories that have occurred over the years, but it is always special when you have a good meet and your friends and family are there to see it happen.

On the team...
The team is great.  They are a big part of the experience and many of my closest friends are also my teammates.

On her time at Mizzou outside of athletics...
I really enjoyed my time here at Mizzou.  There wasn't a lot of free time outside of athletics, but when I had time I liked to just go downtown and hang out with friends.

Future plans...
I will be attending medical school in the fall and in four years I will be an Air Force physician.

Q & A by Josh McSwain, Student Writer



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