Amy Davis surprised herself at last season’s Madison City Outdoor track and field meet when she broke a 32-year-old meet record and came a stride from breaking the 5-minute mile barrier.
She surpassed another longtime meet record Tuesday night at Madison Memorial’s Mansfield Stadium.
This time, she was expecting it.
The Madison Edgewood senior’s time of 10 minutes, 42.27 seconds in the 3,200 meters broke the 34-year-old mark of 10:44 set by Memorial’s Katie Ishmael in 1981.
“I didn’t know what was going on (last year),” Davis said. “I was definitely surprised when I opened up the newspaper and saw that it said I broke a record.
“Today, I was hoping to come out and break a record. It’s just an honor to be able to have Katie Ishmael in front of me, knowing that she did such a great job in her college career (and) that I can possibly do the same when I go to college.”
Ishmael, who also held the record Davis broke last year, ran at the University of Wisconsin after graduating from Memorial, the same college Davis has committed to run for next year.
The former Badgers standout even formed a friendly rivalry with Davis’ mother, Nan, when she ran at the University of Iowa in the 1980s.
“There were a few times I beat her, and she would beat me,” Nan Davis said. “Records are made to be broken. Amy’s records will be broken someday, and I hope so because that means there’s been somebody else out there that’s really talented and has gifts. That’s the exciting thing.”
Another Edgewood girls distance runner, senior Ave Grosenheider, won both the 800 and 1,600, but it was only enough for the Crusaders to take a second-place team finish.
Memorial, led by junior Holly Houston, won the girls meet for the second straight year.
Houston won the discus and the shot put, and the Spartans also won three of four relay events.
Madison La Follette, helped by a 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump, knocked off defending-champion Memorial in the boys meet.
The Lancers also had a two-event winner in junior Oren Hendderson-Zintz, who finished first in the long jump and the 100 meters.
West senior Jack Wellenstein broke his own record in the 400, running a :49.38 to surpass the mark he set last year by seven-hundredths of a second.
Wellenstein also won the 200 in :22.36, just 31-hundredths of a second from another meet record.
“I’ve really been trying to push myself this year and take down as many of my PRs as I can,” Wellenstein said. “If I keep working and I stay focused, I don’t see why I shouldn’t have a shot at (a state title).”
Sophomore Hunter Peters played a major part in the Memorial boys’ second-place finish.
After winning the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches, he jumped out to a fantastic start in the 110-meter hurdles and comfortably won in :15.44.
“The one thing I pride myself on or work the hardest on is my starts,” said Peters, also part of Memorial’s winning 400 relay team. “Starts are super important to any sprint.”