DES MOINES - Jennifer Davis had two stops to make to throw the shot put on Thursday.
The first for the West Marshall sophomore was with the best of the best at the Drake Relays.
Davis finished 19th in the high school girls' event with a throw of 36 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
Jennifer Davis of West Marshall makes her third throw of the high school girls’ shot put during the Drake Relays on Thursday. The sophomore Davis, at Drake for the first time, was 19th at 36 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
The first-time Drake participant left wanting more.
"I didn't think I threw very good today," Davis said. "I could have done better, but everyone keeps telling me how good it is to make it here."
"I was hoping to do better. It's a pretty cool feeling though," she added
Next up she went to Carlisle to join the rest of the Trojans at the Wildcat Relays. Her top throw of the day came there as she won the event at 37-5.
Davis improved her mark each time she entered the circle at Drake charting throws of 34-9 3/4, 36-7 1/2 then the 36-10 3/4.
The cutoff for the finals was 38-5 1/2, while Alexa Hunt of Des Moines Roosevelt won the event at 42-3 3/4.
Now Davis is looking toward being back in the same place in three weeks for the Iowa Co-ed State Track and Field Championships.
"I think it has always been a goal to get in the top 24 in the state," said West Marshall head coach Brian Weig. "I think she's really striving to be at the top of 2A and that comes along with Drake qualifying.
"What she's done this first half of the season is amazing and it's going to be fun to see what she does from here."
West Marshall's Dalton Ferch finished 17th in the boys' long jump at 20-9. Ferch's best jump was his first and followed with 20-4 1/4 and 20-7 3/4.
The long jump champion was Darius Pearson of Sioux City West at 22-11 1/2.
Ferch returns to Drake Stadium today on the Trojans' 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Former prep at Iowa St.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School grad Taylor Petersen was in the women's university/college 5,000 meters on Thursday night. The Iowa State sophomore finished 15th in 17:09.55.