Waxahachie’s Dae Dae Davis advanced to regionals last season in the high jump and set a school record of 5 feet, 4 inches in the process. Competing in her first meet of the season Friday in the Big Green at Lumpkins Stadium she overcame strong winds to set a new school record of 5 feet, 6 inches and ran away with first place.
“I did not think I was going to get it because of how hard the wind was blowing but I just tried to see myself doing it before I jumped and I got it,” Davis said. “I think the wind helped me. I was determined to beat the record before my junior year was over and now I am determined to get 5 feet, 8 inches at the next track meet.”
Davis cleared 5 feet, 6 inches on her first attempt while all other competitors stood around in watched after being knocked out of the competition at the 5 feet, 2 inch mark. She nearly cleared 5 feet, 8 inches but missed on three attempts after not starting to practice on the event until Wednesday.
“With Dae Dae I don’t think the wind made a difference. She does her own little thing, it can be cold or windy but it does not effect her,” Waxahachie coach Dana Scott said. “This is her first meet of the season and she is recovering from an injury so we did not even know until Wednesday that she would be able to jump. She has not been able to do anything in practice so for her to come out here and tie her school record at 5 feet, 4 inches was amazing and then to get 5 feet, 6 inches, we were thrilled. She was very close to 5 feet, 8 inches. We were hoping for this close to April but for her to do this now we will just need to keep her healthy and there is no telling what she can do.”
Last season the winning jump at the state track meet was 5 feet, 6 inches while second was 5 feet, 5 inches and four people tied for third at 5 feet, 2 inches. The minimum jump at regional competitions to advance to state was 5 feet, 4 inches so if Davis can continue to jump like she did Friday she will be in a strong position to compete for a state championship.
Davis was one of just two Waxahachie athletes to compete in field events last season at the Region II meet in Denton and this year she might have some company in the high jump.
Freshman Courtney Miller placed third in the event at the Big Green with a jump of 5 feet, 2 inches missing out on second place because of attempts.
On the boys side Waxahachie claimed first in the high jump as well with senior LaDarius Brown setting a personal best en route to the gold.
Brown advanced to regionals last season with a then personal best jump of 6 feet, 6 inches but the 6-foot-1 senior jumped 6 feet, 7 inches Friday sailing into first place as teammate Broderick Mathis finished second at 6 feet.
Fresh out of basketball Brown competed in the Clay Jones Relays last week in Forney but did not clear the 6-foot mark so Friday’s performance gave the Waxahachie coaches reason to believe with a little more practice Brown will be able to return to regionals.
The Waxahachie High School varsity boys record for the high jump is 7 feet and while Brown has a ways to go to reach that mark he proved in the windy conditions Friday that nothing is impossible.
Shortly after earning gold in the high jump Brown moved over to the track and added to his medal count with a first place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.14.
Mathis was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.93 while the team of Brown, Quin Sargent, Tra Carter and Laddarian Crawford placed second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.09.
Brown was fourth in the long jump with a jump of 19-foot-2 to finish the day placing in four events.
Jesus Vasquez placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:18.74, fifth in the 3,200-meter run (11:24) and fifth in the pole vault (10) for the Indians. Midlothian’s Josh Sonnen, the 2010 Class 4A state runner-up, won the pole vault competition with a jump of 15 feet, 9 inches while second place came in at 12-foot. He jumped 14 feet, 9 inches at state last season while first place was at 15-foot.
Lorenzo Lacey and B.J. Sargent placed fourth and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles for Waxahachie while Quin Sargent was third in the triple jump. The 1,600-meter relay team of Ray Tunson, Carter, Yusef Reown and Mathis was fourth while Brad Beimler placed third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:45.
Belton won the team title with 139 points, Midlothian was second with 121.5 points followed by Ennis (94) and Waxahachie (90).
On the varsity girls side, Forney took first as a team with 253.5 points, Midlothian was second with 127 points following by Waxahachie (79) and Red Oak (57.5).
School record holder Elizabeth Martinez placed second in the 3,200-meter run for Waxahachie with a time of 12:38 while Danielle Calhoun placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.6.
Waxahachie was fourth in the 400-meter relay, fourth in the 800-meter relay and second in the 1,600-meter relay.
Tori Bingham was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles for the Lady Indians with a time of 52.75 while Meagan Taylor and Morgan Osborn placed fifth and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Kristen Foster was sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 31’1” for Waxahachie while Shanquell Wheaton was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 25’10.5”.
School record holder Kristen Cotten placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 9-foot for Waxahachie.
The Indians will compete during spring break at the South Oak Cliff relays on March 19 while both teams will be back in action March 25 in Ennis.