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May 9, 2014

Perfect day for Davis

Danville finishes second behind Normal Community in Big 12 team standings

DANVILLE — A pair of third-place finishes last Saturday in the John Eakle Invitational was just the motivation that Danville’s Emone Davis needed before Thursday’s Big 12 Conference track meet.

Davis, who won the 100-meter title at last year’s Big 12 meet, was focused on keeping her title and she did.

The junior not only claimed the 100 title, but she added a 200 championship and she anchored both the winning 400 relay team and the 800 relay team for the Vikings at the Wayland-Young Athletic Complex.

“I’m blessed and so excited,’’ Davis said. “I’ve won three events before, but I don’t think I’ve ever been 4-for-4.’’

And why was Davis so successful on Thursday?

“I hope you can tell that it was hard work,’’ she said. “Because hard work definitely played a part in being able to win all four events.’’

While holding onto the title in the 100 meters was her mindset in that event, getting a little revenge was the motivation in the 200.

“I just got beat by (Centennial’s) Dominique Lewis on Saturday (in both the 100 and 200),’’ she said. “So, I was ready for that race against her. I knew we were going to running into a head wind, and I just got out as hard as I could and I wound up winning the race.’’

Danville coach B.J. Luke said it was the kind of day that the team expected from Davis.

“She finished strong and she ran hard,’’ Luke said. “She also anchored a couple of really strong relay teams. She just battled through her races and she beat some kids that were seeded ahead of her, coming into the meet.

“I’m really proud of the way that she raced, it bodes well heading into the state series.’’

The winning relays that Davis anchored was the 400, with a winning time of 48.37 seconds, which is a season best for Danville, and the 800 time of 1 minute, 44.53 seconds is its third best this year.

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