FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Feb. 22, 2013 – Sophomore Chalese Davis opened the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center setting three new PRs and earning a ninth-place finish for the Gamecocks in the women’s pentathlon.
Davis got off to a strong start, setting a new personal best in the 60-meter hurdles. Her 7.45 was good enough for fourth place and gave her 1,028 points to kick off the day.
Moving on to the high jump, the Gamecock passed on the first two heights of the progression and moved through the next five. On her third attempt at 5-4 ¼ (1.63m), she cleared to move on again, but missed on three attempts at 5-5 ¼ (1.66m). The 5-4 ¼ was her second new PR in as many events, shattering her previous personal best of 5-1 ¾ (1.57m), which she set at the Randal Tyson Track Center less than two weeks ago. The ninth-place finish in the event put her in the 6th place in the point standings after two events with 1,799 points.
In the shot put, Davis set another PR, tossing for 34-00 ¾ (10.34m) on her first throw. The California native picked up 554 points for her finish, making her point-total 2,353 after three events, putting her in eighth place overall.
The athletes then moved onto the long jump. In her final attempt, Davis hit the mark of 18-5 ¼ (5.62m), her best of the day. The jump was good enough to hold her spot in the overall standings, before moving on to the 800 meters, the final event of the day. Davis ran a time of 2:26.35 in the race, finishing sixth in the run and collecting 739 points.
Davis finished the day with a point total of 3,827, besting her 2012 SEC Indoor Championship-total of 3,667. The Gamecock missed scoring for the South Carolina women’s squad by one point in the overall standings, with Morgan Whitson from Missouri registering a total of 3,828.
Tomorrow, action kicks into high gear on day two with prelims in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile run and 60-meter hurdles. The SEC will crown champions in the men’s weight throw, women’s pole vault, women’s shot put and the 3,000 meters on Saturday as well. The men’s weight throw kicks off the day at 11 a.m. ET.
Women’s Pentathlon Points
9. Chalese Davis, 3,827
W Pentathlon – 60mH
4. Chalese Davis 8.45 PR
W Pentathlon – High Jump
9. Chalese Davis 5-4 ¼ // 1.63m PR
W Pentathlon – Shot Put
12. Chalese Davis 34-00 ¾ // 10.38m PR
W Pentathlon – Long Jump
7. Chalese Davis 18-05 ¼ // 5.62m
W Pentathlon – 800m
6. Chalese Davis 2:26.35