Dav is leaps to state

Freshman scorches her own school record in the 300-meter hurdles

Despite being just a freshman, Dae Dae Davis has already left a mark on Rockdale track. Despite being just a freshman, Dae Dae Davis has already left a mark on Rockdale track. HUMBLE— For Dae Dae Davis, another meet means another record and there’s one more to go that’s kind of important.

The Rockdale f reshman scorched her own freshly minted school record in the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 3A, Region III meet to earn a trip to the UIL state track meet.

The state meet is scheduled for May 10-11 at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.

Davis will compete in the 300-hurdles on Saturday, May 11 at 8:05 p.m.

The two- day event was stretched to three because of stormy weather at Turner Stadium.

The last Rockdale freshman girl to make it to state was Leslie Starnes in the pole vault in 2004.

The last freshman to earn a trip to state in a running event was Crystal Anderson in 1999 as part of the 1,600-meter relay.

Davis is the first Rockdale girl to go to state in the 300-hurdles.

Just three weeks ago, the Rockdale school record in the 300s was 47.56.

As of Sunday, an incredible two seconds have been lopped off the mark.

The freshman nearly eclipsed the record at the district meet and then a week later, she was clocked at 47.10 to set it.

Davis won the race after picking up the pace around the turn.

“My body was telling me it was time to kick it in, start breathing right and finish the race hard,” Davis said. “I have been practicing on my breathing this whole last week and knew I had to keep pushing through it.”

In what is quickly becoming a speed rivalry, College Station’s Gabbi Orzabal, who was the area champion, was second at 46.36.

Orzabal was second to Davis at district.

“I love having [Davis] as my competition, because we’ve been running against each other since district,” Orzabal said.

Davis finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.92.

She was the district champion in both hurdle events.

While Davis celebrated, two seniors suffered through disappointing f inishes to their careers.

Emi ly Brinkley and Juan Rubio, who both traveled to the state track meet in 2012, missed out on return trips.

Brinkley just missed out, placing third in both the shot put and the discus. She participated in the shot put at state.

Rubio, who was a 3,200-meter entrant in 2012, was also close, finishing third in the 3,200 and a distant eighth in the 1,600.

The top two finishers earn a trip to state.

Area entrants

Milano’s Dominique Messer qualified for state in the triple jump and the 400-meter dash.

It will mark Messer’s first foray into the state meet.

The Thorndale sprint relay team will make a return trip to the state meet, where the Bulldogs were seventh in 2012.

The squad consists of Price Miller, Keon Mays, Colton Austin and Darius Books.

Also, Mays will compete in the 800-meter run.

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