You’ll have to excuse Antwuan Davis if his favorite color isn’t silver.
Davis finished second in the 100-meter dash last year at the state track and field meet. The Bastrop senior also placed second in the 100 meters at the Class 4A, Region III meet last month, and he’ll bring the second-best qualifying time into Friday’s Class 4A state meet at Myers Stadium.
The sprinter that Davis has been chasing for first place and a gold medal?
Cameron Burrell, a senior at Fort Bend Ridge Point.
“Really, all I know of him is he’s the only guy who ever beats me,” Davis said. “I know if I want to win, I’m going to have to beat him.”
The son of Olympic gold-medalist sprinter Leroy Burrell, Cameron showed early promise as a long jumper, and he qualified for the Class 5A state meet in that event as a freshman. The 100-meter dash was something that he did to “try to get faster” on the long jump runway, he said.
As a sophomore, though, Burrell faulted on all of his jumps at a regional meet. At the same meet, Burrell qualified for the state meet with a 10.39-second time in the 100-meter dash.
“I was really disappointed (about the long jump),” said Burrell, who will run at the University of Houston, where his dad is the head track and field coach. “I’m still kind of glad it happened; it was a blessing in disguise.”
Davis began participating in track while growing up in Mineral Wells, and he often competed against older kids. Despite his later success in the 100 meters, Davis preferred the 200 because he struggled with his starts and the longer sprint gave him time to recover.
“I had 200 meters to try to get you,” said Davis, a University of Texas-bound defensive back.
While Davis will compete in the 100 and 200 meters on Friday, Burrell will try to win medals in the 100, the long jump and as part of 400- and 1,600-meter relays.
Slotted to run in the fourth and eighth lanes, respectively, in the Class 4A 100 final, Burrell and Davis will enter the race with the first- and fifth-fastest qualifying times among the 54 100-meter boys finalists across six UIL classifications. Their duel comes one year after Burrell beat Davis by .01 seconds for the Class 4A title. A hamstring injury kept Davis out of a rematch against Burrell at the Texas Relays in late March — Burrell ran a wind-aided 10.07 to win the Division II final — but the two met again recently at the regional meet.
In the championship race at that meet, Burrell ran 100 meters in 10.23 seconds. Davis was clocked at 10.54.
“He’s a really great athlete, on the field and on the track,” Burrell said. “He’s a respectable competitor.”
Their race Friday may be decided by something that is hard to measure on the track.
“He has the mental aspect of it down to a point, and me, I’m still on the squiggly lines,” Davis said. “But on Friday, my mental focus is going to be like it’s never been before.”
A silver medalist in the 100 in 2011, Burrell will be chasing his third medal in the event on Friday. Davis will be running for his second.
It’s hard for Davis to forget about his first medal. It hangs in his room at home alongside his bib number and a newspaper with a headline that reads “Davis takes home silver medal.” He’ll have fewer than 11 seconds on Friday to find some new home decor.
“He was definitely better than me that day. By .01 seconds, he was definitely better than me,” Davis said. “I’ll take the loss as a man … for a whole year, it’s been motivation.”
STATE TRACK & FIELD MEET
Friday-Saturday, Myers Stadium
Tickets: $5, students; $10, adults; $25, all-session; $15, Saturday only
Sprint to the finish
Along with the 100-meter dash, Bastrop’s Antwuan Davis also will race in the 200 meters on Friday. The 200 will be a popular event for Austin-area athletes this weekend, as eight of them are entered in that sprint:
- Jayvon Dempsey, sr., Pflugerville: Bounced back from third-place showing at district meet with first- and second-place finishes at area, regional competitions.
- Judy Emeodi, sr., McNeil: A member of TCU’s 2013 signing class, Emeodi will compete in the Class 5A girls 100- and 200-meter dashes for the second straight year.
- Fred Kerley, sr,. Taylor: Class 3A event’s second-best qualifier also will compete in the triple jump and team with his brother Mylik on Ducks’ 1,600-meter relay.
- Shelby Leppin, sr., Cedar Park: The Texas A&M-bound Leppin has overcome an injury-shortened junior season and will compete in the Class 4A girls 100- and 200-meter dashes.
- C.J. Roles, sr,. Bartlett: The co-MVP in District 13-A, Division II football this past fall, Roles qualified with a 22.59-second clocking at the Class A, Region IV meet.
- Tevin Smith, sr., Leander: As the anchor for Leander’s 800-meter relay, Smith will have to run 200 meters twice on Friday.
- Macahla Wesley, sr., LBJ: A fifth-place finisher in this event in 2012, Wesley set the state of Kansas’ record in the girls 200 meters as a freshman.
Future Longhorns on campus
Some of the Longhorn signees who will be at the state track and field meet:
- Carlton Anumnu, Stafford (track and field): Class 3A boys 100 meters
- Logan Brittain, Canyon Randall (track and field): Class 4A boys high jump, long jump
- Antwuan Davis, Bastrop (football): Class 4A boys 100 meters, 200 meters
- Nekia Jones, Beaumont Ozen (women’s basketball): Class 4A girls discus, shot put
- Wolf Mahler, Belton (track and field): Class 5A 400 meters, pole vault
- Montrel Meander, Amarillo Palo Duro (football): Class 4A 200 meters
- Katie Ruhala, Lucas Lovejoy (track and field): Class 4A girls 3,200 meters
Listings include top qualifying time or mark in each event.
• Class 5A girls
100 meters (11.68 seconds): Judy Emeodi, McNeil, 11.83. 200 meters (23.81): Judy Emeodi, McNeil, 24.29. Pole vault (13 feet, 3 inches): Nicole Summersett, Westlake, 12-8. Long jump (19-4): Corinne Grandcolas, Westlake, 18-6 1/2.
• Class 4A girls
3,200 meters (10:46.25): Jenny Fritz, Dripping Springs, 11:08.35; Madie Boreman, Rouse, 10:55.41; Brittany Innis, Cedar Park, 10:58.44. 800 meters (2:12.25): Jessica Purtell, Georgetown, 2:13.80. 400-meter relay (47.30): LBJ, 48.07. 100 meters (11.73): Shelby Leppin, Cedar Park, 12.14. 400 meters (56.12): Dana Broadnax, LBJ, 57.67. 300-meter hurdles (42.62): Sarah Lewis, Marble Falls, 46.65. 200 meters (24.30): Shelby Leppin, Cedar Park, 24.75; Macahla Wesley, LBJ, 24.34. 1,600-meter relay (3:47.35): Rouse, 3:55.68. 1,600 meters (4:57.92): Madie Boreman, Rouse, 5:02.21. High jump (5-8): Ariana Gallegos, Lehman, 5-2. Pole vault (13-7): Rebekah Pogue, Hays, 11-0; Meagan Gray, Hays, 11-6. Long jump (19-1 ½): Deja Beechum, Rouse, 17-10. Shot put (47-10): Crystal Onwukaife, Cedar Park, 40-5.
• Class 3A girls
Pole vault (12-8): Kally Long, Wimberley, 12-8.
• Class 2A girls
Discus (133-5): Brianne Coffman, Jarrell, 120-3.
• Class 5A boys
300-meter hurdles (37.28): Dorian Parks, Austin High, 38.46. 200 meters (20.93): Jayvon Dempsey, Pflugerville, 21.74. 1,600-meter relay (3:15.14): McNeil, 3:19.95.
• Class 4A boys
3,200 meters (9:14.70): Chris Mulverhill, Cedar Park, 9:31.64. 800 meters (1:55.45): Darren Medrano, Georgetown, 1:57.09; Robert Uhr, Lockhart, 1:56.39. 100 meters (10.23): Antwuan Davis, Bastrop, 10.54. 400 meters (47.01): Anthony Johnson, Hutto, 47.91; Cody Schulz, Marble Falls, 49.39. 800-meter relay (1:25.17): Leander, 1:28.29. 300-meter hurdles (36.83): JW Smith, Elgin, 38.02. 200 meters (21.03): Tevin Smith, Leander, 21.41; Antwuan Davis, Bastrop, 21.29. 1,600 meters (4:13.09): Chris Mulverhill, Cedar Park, 4:21.70. Discus (185-5): J.W. Barnes, Georgetown, 160-1; Marcellus Henderson, Crockett, 163-10; Rey Baltazar, Marble Falls, 166-1. Long jump (24-6 ½): David Moritz, Cedar Park, 22-0 1/2.
• Class 3A boys
200 meters (21.52): Fred Kerley, Taylor, 21.78. 1,600-meter relay (3:16.79): Taylor, 3:20.28. High jump (6-6): Mylik Kerley, Taylor, 6-4. Triple jump (48-1 ½): Jadon Durity, Liberty Hill, 48-1 1/2; Fred Kerley, Taylor, 45-4.
• Class A boys
3,200 meters (10:13.30): Moises Montanez, Bartlett, 10:24.52. 800 meters (1:58.51): Keon Mays, Thorndale, 2:01.73. 400-meter relay (42.80): Thorndale, 44.30. 200 meters (21.88): C.J. Roles, Bartlett, 22.59. 1,600 meters (4:42.40): Moises Montanez, Bartlett, 4:50.09.