NORWALK — Under undesirably windy and cold conditions, Glendale High's Michael Davis accomplished a feat no Nitros athlete had matched in more than two decades.
The junior 200-meter runner became the first Nitros runner in 26 years to qualify to the CIF State Meet by finishing third in his event in a time of 21.61 seconds at Friday's CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College.
"This feels real good, I feel real good, I can't believe it," Davis said. "I hadn't run here in a while and hadn't ever run in Masters. This is great."
Davis needed to either finish in the top five or hit a state at-large mark of 21.60 to advance to the state preliminaries at Clovis High next Friday, followed by the state championships on Saturday.
Davis seemed a lock, given he finished second at last week's CIF-SS Division I championships and fifth overall out of any division with a mark of 21.40, which broke Glendale's previous school record of 21.45, set by Craig Harzmann in 1992.