PV's next multi-event track and field star
Breaking onto the scene
Sophomore Maile Davis might be Palos Verdes' next multi-event track and field star.
Davis secured second place at the USATF Region 15 Decathlon and Heptathlon Championships this past weekend in Chino, qualifying for the USATF Junior Olympics on July 26-27 in Wichita, Kan.
Maybe more impressively, it was Davis' first multi-event competition.
Davis racked up points throughout the event: 100 hurdles (17.52 seconds), high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), shot put (21-2), 200 meters (29.84), long jump (13-5) and javelin (69-2). Sitting in third place heading into the final event of the competition, Davis recorded a 2:33.28 mark in the 800 meters to claim second place and the final automatic berth into the Junior Olympics.
Davis swept the Bay League frosh/soph 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles during the regular season. She becomes just the fourth Palos Verdes athlete since the school reopened to qualify for the Junior Olympics multi-event nationals, joining Whitney Liehr (2007), Keiko Hector (2010) and Brendan Weaver (2010).
Sophomore Taylor Gilbertson performed well in her first heptathlon, placing fifth overall. Gilbertson shined in the 200 meters (27.99), shot put (25-10) and long jump (15-4).
Junior Brendan Weaver, the Bay League champion in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump, finished fifth in the young men's division of the decathlon after finishing seventh the year before. Advertisement He had strong marks in the high jump (6-2), 100 meters (11.97) and long jump (20-2).