For Immediate Release
Date February 18, 2017
Contact: Katie Damron (208) 220-5307
Tara Davis Sweeps the Competition in All Three of Her Events at 2017 Simplot Games
Davis Takes First In Long Jump, Triple Jump, and 60-Meter Hurdles
Photo by H. Michael Roberts
Pocatello, Idaho – It seemed that every time Tara Davis walked by at this year’s Simplot Games, she had another medal around her neck. As a senior from Agoura Hills, Calif., Davis’s ability to make and break records effortlessly made her a celebrity inside Holt Arena.
In her 2017 run at Simplot Games, Davis took first place in all three of her events.
First, she conquered long jump by setting a new Simplot Games meet record with a leap of 21’2.75”.
“I just wanted to break the record again,” Davis said. “I wanted to get to 21 feet and see where that put me.”
Davis already owned the Games’ record after her thrilling showdown last year that ended with a record mark of 20’ 10.75”. Davis currently owns the national indoor girls’ long jump record of 21’ 11”—a mark she set just last weekend.
After the long jump competition, Tara Davis had the crowd on their feet for the girls’ 60-meter hurdles. In a tightly contested dash with Australia’s Celeste Mucci, Davis prvailed at 8.22 seconds.
“It feels great that all the hard work I’ve been putting in has paid off,” said Davis.
In her final event of the meet, Davis placed first in what she considered to be her most challenging discipline, the triple jump. She started a slow clap, encouraging the audience to clap along, then sped down the runway before hop-skip-and jumping to a winning distance of 41’8.25”.
“Out of all my events, I love long jump most,” said Davis. “I love to feel like I’m flying.”
When Tara Davis is up to compete, the Simplot Games crowd gets on its feet. The attention she gets has become a lesson for Davis that she credits to Simplot Games.
“I have learned to handle fans,” said Davis. “I’ve learned to make all that attention work for me and still be able to focus.”
This was Davis’s final apperance at Simplot Games. After graduation this spring,
Photo by H. Michael Roberts
Davis will attend and compete for University of Georgia.
More than 2,200 athletes came from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 39th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
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