LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 24, 2019) – The sport is called track & field, but most athletes concentrate their efforts on either the track or the field. That isn’t the case for Jerayah Davis, a Cowgirl senior from Casper, Wyo.
The six-time all-Mountain West performer had one of the best days in Wyoming history, as she broke the school’s 100-meter dash and long jump records at the same meet. She finished first in both competitions, and her marks catapulted her into the top-10 this season in the entire NCAA in both events.
She is the only female athlete in the NCAA that holds a top-10 time in a track event and a top-10 mark in a field event. Her 100m dash time of 11.18 is fifth in the NCAA, while her long jump mark of 21 feet, two-and-a-half inches is sixth.
“For Jerayah to be top-10 in both a track and a field event, and to be the only one in the country, shows her versatility as an athlete,” said UW head track & field coach Bryan Berryhill. “Since the day she got here, we’ve thought she’s one of the best athletes in the country, and I think you’re starting to see that. Coach (Quincy) Howe has done a great job with her in the long jump. She’s progressing each week there, and we’ve always felt the 100 meters is an event she could be in at the NCAA Championships and earn All-American status.”
Before the Beach Invitational on Saturday, April 20, Davis’ career bests were 11.41 in the 100m dash and 20-10.75 in the long jump. She already had both school records, but they were recorded at different meets in different years.
In fact, her previous outdoor long jump PR before this season was 19-0.5, and she’s improved her long jump by an unbelievable 26 inches this season.
Her old 100m dash school-record time of 11.41 was set two seasons ago in 2017, and she only ran a sub-11.50 once last season. Her blazing speed also helped the Cowgirls pick up the 4x100m relay event title last week, posting the third-best time in Cowgirl history at 45.20.
With the Mountain West Championships right around the corner, it’s safe to say the versatile Davis is peaking at the right time.