While Davis is one of the known elite runners from Danville, along with seniors Ambrosia Williams, Aariona Graham and sophomore distance runner Sadie Elliott. The Vikings had a few surprises for the Big 12 Conference. One of those was Caylin Smith in the 800.
Her winning time of 2 minutes, 30.94 seconds was more than a second faster than Champaign Centennial’s Rebecca Kaefring and that was with Smith, a junior, basically jogging the final 50 meters.
“She probably surprised the people here in the Big 12 Conference, but it didn’t surprise us,’’ Luke said. “We’ve seen what she’s been doing in workout and she is going to keep getting better.’’
Another one in that category on Monday was senior Lashay Grubbs, who beat teammate Michaela Jones in the triple jump, and she finished third in the 400 along with running a leg on Danville’s second-place 1,600 relay team.
“With the kind of depth that we have right now, I think we are going to have a very good long sprint group and our short sprint group can compete with anybody,’’ Luke said. “Really, we are a team that has some strength across the board. We have good distance kids. Our field events are strong. And, we’ve always been pretty good in the sprint events.’’
And what did Luke like the best about Monday’s meet?
“This sets the tone for the rest of the season,’’ he said. “Our young kids got to see how our veterans attack a meet and how they work to get ready for it. This was a great learning experience for our younger kids.’’
And one of those veteran runners had a reminder for her teammates.
“Winning this indoor title just means that we need to keep going, so that we can also win the outdoor title,’’ she said.