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Team depth key to Davis dominance
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MARCUS DALEY competes in the high jump at the Super Meet earlier this month.                                         Courtesy photo
MARCUS DALEY competes in the high jump at the Super Meet earlier this month. Courtesy photo
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BY JENNIFFER WARDELL

Clipper Staff Writer

 

For Davis High’s track teams, strength lies in the support of their teammates. 

According to coach Corbin Talley, it’s the depth of both the boys’ and girls’ teams that help them regularly win region and state titles. Though the runners who finish first through third win the most attention, a track team’s point totals come from the eight best-scoring team members in each event. 

“On both the girls side and the boys side, we have strong throwers, strong sprinters and hurdlers, strong distance runners, and strong jumpers,” said Talley. “It is our ability to score in every event that makes us as strong as we are.”

That strength has already shown itself in the recent Super Meet, where the girls team won for the 10th straight year and the boys for the ninth. Though this week’s Davis District Championships didn’t wrap up until Wednesday after press time, Davis High teams regularly dominate that event as well. 

“It has been an exciting start to the season in both the practices and the meets," he said. 

Despite their successes, the team remains focused on continuing to work. Talley said that his goals for the Davis District Championship were to improve on the team’s performances and continue to develop unity. 

“We are always trying to get better,” he said. “Each year we hope to peak for the region and state championships С but there is a lot of work that goes into being ready by that time.”

The biggest name on this year’s team is Shea Martinez, a senior and two-time state champion in the 800- and 1600-meter events. Several other seniors also serve as team leaders.

“They definitely know what it takes to win,” said Talley. 

Because of that, they’re responsible for helping the younger students get ready to do the same thing. 

“We are also really trying to get our younger athletes to gain experience and be able to carry on the tradition when this group of leaders is gone,” he said. “Basically, we want our seniors to go out with a bang, and our young athletes to progress and be ready for the future.”

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