Four compete in indoor state track meet

Published 10:38 am Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Davie indoor track season wrapped up competition this winter at the state 4-A championships at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem on Saturday. The War Eagles were represented by four athletes who attained qualifying standards by virtue of their performances earlier in the season.

Sophomore JT Allen was the first Davie athlete to compete and capped off an impressive season by placing 14th in the 55-meter hurdles. His time of 8.14 was just off his all-time best mark of 8.12 set two weeks earlier and was achieved despite clipping the last hurdle, which cost him about a tenth of a second. Allen finished the season as the fifth-fastest sophomore in the state in all classifications.

Clay Summers was next for Davie as he competed in the 1600-meter run. Despite battling an allergic reaction that hampered his breathing, Summers managed an eighth-place finish. “It was really bad timing for Clay to have to battle the allergy problem,” said coach Rob Raisbeck. “Clay had run 4:25 a few weeks earlier and that time would have placed him in the top three.”

Ivan Poag was the third and final member of the Davie men’s team to compete as he battled a stellar field in the triple jump. Poag advanced to the finals, where he placed ninth with a best jump of 43-5.5. The winner of the event broke the state record and the top two finishers are ranked Nos. 3 and 4 in the nation. Poag was the loan sophomore in the final and finished the season as the No. 1 sophomore in the state.

Erin Cartner was the lone representative for the Davie women as she competed in the shot put. Cartner eclipsed the 30-foot mark and finished 22nd.

Davie now turns its attention to outdoor track as practice begins Thursday and the first meet is set for March 9. “We have put together an ambitious schedule this spring,” said Raisbeck. “The highlights will include the first ever War Eagle Invitational April 13 and a trip to Asheville for the Blue Ridge Classic the following week. We will also be hosting the Midwest 4-A Regional May 11. We have a lot of talented young athletes in the program, and we are looking forward to watching their development this spring and in the years to come.”