Running Her Way Back to the North American Final

Desiree Davis from Bristol, CT has been selected to go back to compete in the North American Final in Hershey, PA August 4-7, 2011 in the 800 meter run. Due to her strong performance with a time of 2:39.48 in the state meet that was held in New Britain in June, Desiree has been selected to represent Region 6, which consists of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and parts of Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) in the girls 800 meter run in the 11-12 year old age group. She is still only 10 years old and won’t be turning 11 until November later this year. Back in 2009 Desiree went to the Hershey North American Final to compete in the 400 meter run in the 9-10 year age group at the age of 8. She placed in the top 6th in the Nation.

This is Desiree’s first year running the 800 meter run competitively. During the season, she was ranked 6th in the Nation in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:22.71 and qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics in the 800m, 1500m, and the 3000m run which is being held in New Orleans later this summer. She will take her talents to Hershey, PA instead of competing at the Junior Olympics. Desiree still holds track records at the Nutmeg State Games that are still standing today. The records include the 100 meter run (age 8) with a time of 15.75, the 400 meter run (age 8) with a time of 1:13.7 and the 1 mile run (age 10) with a time of 6:14.3. Many track coaches have stated that her numbers are comparable to some High School athletes, which is pretty remarkable considering that she is just entering middle school in the fall. Desiree recently was awarded the Athlete Spirit award for AAU Track and Field for the 2011 season. This award is given annually to the top CT AAU track and field athlete who has stood out amongst her peers on the track and in the classroom. The award was presented to her at a banquet in New Haven back in June. Desiree is not only an outstanding athlete but her exemplary character truly represents the spirit of this award.

Desiree and her brother Jeffrey, age 8 recently had a remarkable outcome at a recent track meet. They represented themselves as Team Davis in the 22nd Needham Youth Classic in Massachusetts and won a team trophy for 9th place. Children from all around the Northeast and as far away as Illinois came together to compete in the 22nd Needham Youth Classic. What made this accomplishment so amazing was that they were a team of two, but they were able to score enough points to get them a 9th place trophy in a field of over 20 teams. They had a total of 10 first place trophies and 1 second place medal. Desiree has become more of a mid to long distance runner, however during this track meet she decided to run the 50 meter dash for old time sake. To everybody’s surprise she placed second overall. I guess she still has sprinter’s speed. When Desiree is not running track, she plays point guard for both her CT Bandits AAU Basketball Team and for Bristol Travel Basketball team, which she recently led in winning the Northwest Conference Championship back in March. She just finished her 5th grade at Jennings Elementary school with High Honors and played her flute in the all city band. In the fall she will be entering the 6th grade at Chippens Hill Middle School. She is a true example of a well-rounded student athlete.