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ABINGDON — Always seeming to work in the shadows, Abingdon junior Makaleigh Jessee is quietly having one of the best track and cross country careers in the storied history of the Falcons’ distance program.

“I feel really lucky to have success here,” she said. “Coach (Brent) Swiney has been a really big help and so has Coach (Allyson) Newton. It’s been great to get Abingdon’s name out there and try to compete at the highest levels.”

Jessee will be one of the featured athletes in next month’s 42nd Six Rivers Relays at Science Hill.

She’s currently the top seed in the 3,200 meters, clocking a school record 11:13.86 at the Tri-Cities Track Classic on April 2.

She is not only looking to continue bettering her school records, but also to win the program’s first individual state title in either indoor or outdoor track.

“After coming from indoor and having been so close to it, it makes me want to win even more,” she said. “For me, it’d just be really special to be the first to do it, especially having been so close twice.”

ALL THE MEDALS

Even though she still has one more year, Jessee is already one of the most decorated athletes to ever walk the halls of the school, male or female.

She has 11 total all-state finishes — without a freshman outdoor season that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic — to her name and holds every indoor school distance record from 1,000 to 3,200 and was part of the 4×400 relay record.

Outdoors, she set the 800 record in her first meet of the season, running 2:23.78 at a home weekday meet. The only record she is missing outdoors is the 1,600, which was set by Colleen Crawford in 1995 at 5:08.2.

She’s also third on the 5-kilometer cross country leaderboard at 18:34.69, sitting behind Katrina Berkley (18:14.0; 1986) and Crawford (18:23.0; 1994).

“It means a lot to be in the same sentence with those people,” she said. “I’ve heard and read about how successful those girls were in their running careers. That’s where I want to be, and it’s really special to me because it gives me an insight to what I could accomplish.”

Her three all-state finishes in cross country are all inside the top 10. Her best came this past season when she was third, the highest finish since Crawford was runner-up in 1995.

In her 11 starts at the state level, Jessee has yet to not make an all-state team.

AGONY OF DEFEAT

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In her key 3,200 event, Jessee has come close to breaking the tape on the biggest stage twice. This past indoor season, she was passed in the last 50 meters of the race and finished runner-up.

“That lit a fire under me,” she said. “It was a hard race, but looking back at it, I’m thankful for that race. It’ll help me in the future, and I feel good that it did happen to me, honestly, because it taught me a lot.”

It’s still a learning experience for the young Jessee, but she is getting closer.

“She’s had a couple of …….

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ABINGDON — Always seeming to work in the shadows, Abingdon junior Makaleigh Jessee is quietly having one of the best track and cross country careers in the storied history of the Falcons’ distance program.

“I feel really lucky to have success here,” she said. “Coach (Brent) Swiney has been a really big help and so has Coach (Allyson) Newton. It’s been great to get Abingdon’s name out there and try to compete at the highest levels.”

Jessee will be one of the featured athletes in next month’s 42nd Six Rivers Relays at Science Hill.

She’s currently the top seed in the 3,200 meters, clocking a school record 11:13.86 at the…….

ABINGDON — Always seeming to work in the shadows, Abingdon junior Makaleigh Jessee is quietly having one of the best track and cross country careers in the storied history of the Falcons’ distance program.

“I feel really lucky to have success here,” she said. “Coach (Brent) Swiney has been a really big help and so has Coach (Allyson) Newton. It’s been great to get Abingdon’s name out there and try to compete at the highest levels.”

Jessee will be one of the featured athletes in next month’s 42nd Six Rivers Relays at Science Hill.

She’s currently the top seed in the 3,200 meters, clocking a school record 11:13.86 at the…….

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