Somewhere at Michigan City High School is the person who maintains the records book for the best marks in school history in track and field events. In the last couple of years, it would be a good idea for those records to be noted in pencil, and not ink, as many of them have broken, and broken repeatedly. Last night at the Duneland Athletic Conference track meet was no exception as Senior Mariam Davis broke a record first set in 1991 by Rogers High School’s then Tracy Meriweather (now Tracy Meriweather-Young) of 17 feet, 10 and 3/4 inches in 1991. The mark was matched by Michigan City High School’s Lakisha Thomas-Wren in 1997. Davis flew 17 feet 11 and 1/2 inches last night during the Conference meet at Merrillville High School.
When asked about the jump Davis noted “My coach TR (City Coach TR Harlan) had me move up a step from my original mark. When I ran toward the board and sand I felt like I was running faster than I usually do. After I jumped I felt great, my body was in a different position. At first I thought it would’ve been a 17′ 5” again but when I walked over to my teammates and my coach he threw his hands up and said ‘Welcome to the record board!’ with a huge smile.
Then I heard the Merrillville long jump instructor say 17’11.50″.
I immediately burst into tears, I felt like I couldn’t breathe, and my only thought was basically WOW I just reached my goal.”
We also followed up with Davis to get her thoughts on being an MCHS record-holder and what is means to her.
“Getting the Michigan City High School girls long jump record has been my goal since I discovered my talents in the field event. After all all the beach workouts and hard practices I’m just extremely blessed to leave my mark at MCHS. It also means that there’s no time limit on success.”
The Davis and the rest of the Michigan City girls run, leap, and throw into action next on May 16th in their Sectional meet at Portage High School, though if the records keep up, the Athletic Department might need a bigger budget for their record board at the Michigan City track. Maybe something in LED would be more ideal?