Davis earns Big 12 Men's Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas men's track and field junior Joseph Davis was named Big 12 Co-Athlete of the Week for his nation-leading event-winning distance at the 2007 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday, April 6. Davis shares the honor with Kansas long jumper Barrett Saunders for the week of April 3-9.
Despite weather conditions almost 30 degrees below the normal average at the 2007 Texas Relays, Davis landed in the triple jump pit at 52-0.5 (15.86m) en route to winning his first Texas Relays championship. He leads the Big 12, NCAA Midwest Region and the NCAA with his lifetime best mark that is an improvement of almost four feet since the start of the season. His mark is five centimeters farther than the 51-10.5 (15.81m) by Texas A&M's Zuheir Sharif who led the nation prior to this past weekend.
Davis' lifetime best mark moved him into No. 6 on the Texas all-time performers' list and gives him the farthest jump since former Longhorn Chris Hercules hit 54-6.75 in 2000.
He is one of three UT triple jumpers to qualify in the event this year.
Davis and the Longhorns return to the track on Saturday, April 21 for the Texas Twilight at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin.