Davis sets new marks at Lane

04/23/2009 22:36
Trent Davis didn't expect to be doing a sport after high school, let alone track, but he's been setting personal records already for Lane Community College.

The former Springfield jumper and Midwestern League long jump champion a year ago didn't start the sport until he was a sophomore in high school. After last season's success, however, he got a shot competing for the Titans .

This season, Davis has jumped 23 feet for Lane at the Oregon-Washington meet at Spokane Falls Community College on April 11, finishing second.

Thurston's Tauni Powell, who threw javelin and shot put in high school, has tried a third event, the hammer, in her first year at Lane.

Powell's marks haven't reached her high school personal bests of 34-11 in the shot put and 158-10 in the javelin, but they have helped her score at meets such as the Oregon-Washington meet and the Willamette Invitational on April 4, where she was second in the javelin. Her best mark of the season has come at the meet in Spokane, where she threw 144-6 in the javelin. In the shot put, she has thrown 33-6.

Both athletes will have the chance to compete in front of a hometown crowd at Hayward Field this Saturday at the Oregon Relays. Davis is entered in the top long jump section as one of 13 competitors, the only community college athlete entered. That competition begins at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Powell is one of 13 athletes to throw in the top women's javelin competition that starts at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, alongside defending NCAA champ Rachel Yurkovich of Oregon. She, too, is the only community college athlete entered in her event.

Section: Springfield Extra
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