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Glendale High sprinter Mike Davis ready for State

Nitros standout Mike Davis ready to take part in prestigious CIF State Meet for first time in stellar career

May 31, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale High sprinter Michael Davis will be competing in the state meet.
Glendale High sprinter Michael Davis will be competing… (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

Since joining the Glendale High boys' track and field team, Michael Davis has built an impressive resume.

Along with a handful of league championships won by the junior sprinter, there's an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet for the first time in his burgeoning career. Davis' next major accomplishment will come today at the CIF State Meet, where he will make his inaugural appearance in the 200-meter preliminary race at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.

He's on a hot streak, as his times continue to drop and his confidence rises. Davis will automatically qualify for the state final Saturday by either winning one of the four preliminary heats today or recording one of the next five fastest overall times.

The challenge and the environment couldn't be more exciting for Davis, one of 29 participants who will take to the track in the 200 between 8:50 and 9 p.m. today. The final will begin at 8:38 p.m. Saturday.

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"I've been running since I was about 6 years old and it will be cool being a part of the state meet experience," said Davis, who qualified after he placed third in 21.61 seconds on May 25 at the Masters Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk. "It hadn't sunk in right away when I qualified.

"It's going to be a great experience going up against some of the best runners. An experience of a lifetime. It will be awesome."

Davis will be the first Nitro to participate in the state meet since Richard Erbes took part in the 3,200 in 1986. He'll join a pantheon of legendary school athletes to qualify for state, including former Olympian Dwight Stones and state high jump record holder Lee Balkin.

He's been working diligently with Glendale Coach Bob Bailey and assistant Marv Thompson covering every technique involving the race. Quick starts are just as important as strong finishes, something that's greatly aided Davis in his pursuit to advance.

At the Masters Meet, Davis appeared to break out of his block slowly and was in seventh place through the first 50 meters before moving up two spots during the next 50 meters. Over the final 100 meters, Davis kicked and passed Eleanor Roosevelt's Elijah Mitchell and Kyree King of Colony to capture third. Davis needed to either finish in the top five or meet a state at-large mark of 21.60 to advance to the state prelims.

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