The Davis track and field teams went to Regionals at Plainview on Friday and qualified for state in seven different events. On the girls side, three relays and two individual events will be represented at state, while on the boys side, Kolton McGaha will be running for the gold medal in the 100 and 200 meter dash events.
McGaha has finished first or second in those two events all season and went to regionals knowing that he had one major challenger in each race. In the 200, that challenger scratched and McGaha outran the rest of the field by more than half a second to take the Regional gold medal. He posted the fastest time in the state, making him the odds-on favorite to win the state meet on Friday.
In the 100, McGaha was chasing Jimmy Harris of Millwood, who had the best time entering the day. Harris won the preliminary race by almost two tenths of a second, but then McGaha cut that margin to just five one-hundredths in the finals. The Davis sprinter is working on a faster start this week, hoping to best Harris where it matters most on Friday. The pair had the fastest times of all four 3A Regional meets.
For the girls, the highest placer was Logan Pruitt, who won the silver medal in the high jump with a leap of 4-8, losing the tiebreaker to a jumper from Marietta. She qualified for State, along with Daityn Webb, who took third in the 1600 meter run.
Five other Davis girls helped produce qualifying times in a trio of relays. Pruitt teamed with Chloe Summers, Madison Shaw and Jacie LaNoy to take sixth place in the 800 meter relay.
In the mile relay, it was Pruitt, Summers, LaNoy and Jordan Brown placing fourth and punching their collective ticket to State. Then in the two-mile relay, Brown, Webb and LaNoy were joined by Jaylee Jennings to produce to a State qualifying time and come in third at Regionals.
As a team, the girls finished fourth and the boys 10th out of 13 schools competing at Regionals. Now the teams look ahead to State.
Instead of a two-day event as in years past, the state adopted a schedule for each class to compete in just one day to limit exposure during the pandemic. That schedule was set earlier in the season before many mandates began to be lifted, but will remain the case this weekend.
That means that the Davis runners and jumper will compete on Friday, at Catoosa High School with the first event set to begin at 9 a.m.
Other notable finishes
Morgan Scott, fourth, 100 meter hurdles
Jennings, fourth, 3200 meter run
Summers, fifth, 200 meter dash
Girls 400 meter relay, fifth
Madison Adams, fifth, high jump.