Davis paces NHS track at indoor meet

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 13, 2003

BATON ROUGE &045; She’s up to her old tricks again.

Here was Janice Davis, the superstar sprinter from Natchez High, who set the meet record Saturday at the LSU Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 6.83 seconds in the prelims.

She came back in the finals and finished second in 6.85 seconds in a race that had everyone’s attention down to the wire.

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&uot;When she lost that race, the crowd went, ‘Ooooohhh,’&uot; Natchez High coach Larry Wesley said. &uot;The girl she (Davis) ran against was from a track club, and Davis knew that. Davis ran the 400 and had to turn around and run the 55. I think that took some steam out of her.

&uot;For her to come out and set the record that was there since the 1970s, that was an outstanding job. She might have lost the little fight, but she won the big battle by setting the record. There will be more good things to come from her.&uot;

Davis’ efforts highlighted a stellar day for both Natchez High squads down at the Baton Rouge in the elite meet. Davis also won the 400-meter in a time of 56.5 seconds, while teammate Tenieka Hill finished 18th in 1:01.

On the boys’ side, Kendrick Gibbons finished second in the long jump at 22-2, while the winner jumped just an inch longer. Gibbons was eighth in the high jump at 5-10, but he won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.36 seconds.

Lexi Washington finished fifth in the high jump at 4-10, and Taji Dorsey was seventh in the long jump at 15-11 and 18th out of 123 runners in the 55-meter in 7.67 seconds.

&uot;Lexi Washington did an outstanding job,&uot; Wesley said. &uot;Kendrick Gibbons had an outstanding day, and Taji Dorsey did well. Any time we finish in the top 10 for anything, we’ve accomplished something. &uot;

Other results were Whitney Thomas in 40th in the 800 at 2:51.40, Porshe Singleton in 41st in the 800 at 2:51.93, Darius Edwards in 54th in the 800 in 2:19.29, Chris Tenner in 73rd in the 800 in 2:28.41 and the boys’ 800-meter relay team of Richard Blanton, Karlecio Richardson, Gibbons and Travis Washington in sixth in 1:33.57.

Darryl Basset was third in the triple jump at 43-8, Anthony Green was seventh in the triple jump at 42-1, Donta Brown was 40th in the 1,600-meter in 5:02, Washington was 13th overall in the 55-meter in 6.70 seconds and Richard Blanton was 18th overall in the 55 in 6.80 seconds.

Also, Richardson finished the 400 in 54.04 seconds, while Anthony Green finished in 54.6 seconds &045; both in the top 20.