A rare mild late-spring day in Davis brought both good weather and good performances Saturday as several Davis High track and field athletes performed well in the Woody Wilson Invitational at Toomey Field.
Though Davis won only two of the events — the girls distance medley and the boys 4×400 meter relay — there were several individual performances in the all-day meet that stood out.
“Having the invitational heats, I think it brings with it a certain type of energy or type of vibe that the different teams feed off of,” DHS head coach Spencer Elliott said. “For example, when they’re in the blocks or on the waterfall or what not, they look around and know that those are fast, capable athletes and so it just sort of ramps up the energy and produces good competitions and good times.”
Speaking of good times, junior Blake Croft ran the 800 in 1 minute, 54.09 seconds, good for second in the meet and fourth fastest in the state, according to the public address announcer.
“(Blake is) a state-meet 800 guy,” Elliott said. “Possibly a podium state-meet guy. Getting into a race like this with some faster people is important.”
Other impressive performances included Maggie McManis’ personal-best time of 11:17:91 in the girls 3,200, for fifth place.
“It’s really common (to qualify for an invitational) in cross country but in track you have to get the time; in track it’s kind of an accomplishment in itself to even get there,” McManis said of qualifying for the event. “It’s a good opportunity to get good times, and it’s really exciting because you have all these fast people in one race so it’s really nice to have them carry you and you carry them.
“It’s kind of like a support thing where we’re all trying to get a really good time.”
Participating consistently in one of the last events in the meet, McManis has ample time to prepare for and think about her events.
“I usually get a little mantra beforehand,” the DHS junior said. “I look online and I get a little mantra, usually from Eleanor Roosevelt, and I say it repeatedly in my head. Today was, ‘no one can tell you you’re inferior without your consent’ and so I just keep repeating that and it gets me pumped up.”
Alex McIntyre also performed well, running a 50:13 in the 400 despite not being a “natural quarter-miler” according to Elliot.
He was joined by Elisa McIsaac, who ran a 2:19:15 to round out the standout, but non-winning, performances for the Devils.
The two winning Davis teams dominated their events, with the girls distance medley team — Emily Lusburow, Adria Lammers, Elise Chu and Jasmine Casiallas — winning their event by almost 12 seconds and the boys 4×400 team — Joe Rainer, Blake Croft, Ben Salcedo and Alex McIntyre — dominating second-place Liberty by more than 4 seconds.
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