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March 11, 2014

Danville girls dominate Big 12 track

BLOOMINGTON — The Danville girls track team wasn’t supposed to win its third straight Big 12 Conference indoor track meet on Monday.

According to the seed times and distances, head coach B.J. Luke figured his team should finish third in the meet at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Only one problem with projections — they are not always right.

Danville scored in every event and won seven of the 15 varsity events as the Lady Vikings crushed the competition, scoring 132 points to win their third straight conference indoor title. Their nearest competition was the Normal West Wildcats, who were second with 83 points.

“The kids ran hard, they really raced hard and competed hard today,’’ said Luke. “That’s the nice thing about our girls, they will go out and race.’’

And while Danville has been successful in this indoor meet the past three years, this might have been the most complete win of the three as the Vikings did score in every event and they double scored in six of the 12 individual events.

“This was definitely an overall team effort,’’ Luke said. “We got points and great efforts from all different places and all different people.’’

Leading the way for the Vikings was junior Emone Davis, who won the 60-meter and 200 individual events, while also anchoring Danville’s winning 800 relay team.

“This was exciting and fun,’’ Davis said. “On the heat sheets, I supposedly wasn’t the fastest in either race based on the seed times. So, I just wanted to go other and get it done.

“I wound up getting personal bests in both races, so I’m really pleased with both of them.’’

The aspect of her races that Davis thought made the biggest difference was her starts.

“I came out really fast and ran really well,’’ she said. “Now, that I’ve done this well inside, it tells me that I’m going to be even faster when we get outside.’’

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