May 24, 2014

Davis ends career an All-American

In a storybook ending to a phenomenal career, Denison senior sprinter Tiffany Davis completed her four-year career with her second-consecutive All-American honor in the 200-meter on Saturday at the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship from Selby Stadium on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Davis qualified for the finals with a seventh-place finish in the prelims on Thursday with a school-record-time of 24.55. In Saturday's final, the senior took eighth after crossing the finish line in 25.55, which earned her a second All-American certificate.

"I'm really blessed to have made it this far," Davis said. "My entire career I've been focusing on the things that I've been able to push through in spite of everything else, but I've never focused on the talent that God gave me to actually run. This season is the first season I've actually focused on the talent and running. I was really just embracing that to the fullest and that's why this was my best season."

Wartburg senior Libbey Schubert, the national indoor runner-up, won the event national title after crossing the finish line in 23.91. Central sophomore Abigail Davis was second (24.52), while Wisconsin-Whitewater junior Lexie Sondgeroth (24.57) and Kenyon senior DeLeon (24.59) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Prior to taking the podium, Davis had tearful embrace with DeLeon, who she had competed against over the last four seasons.

"She just hugged me and told me that it doesn't matter what went down on that track, we ended the season as All-Americans," Davis said. "Even though she has been my rival, she is one of my good friends and it's been really great having her around this season pushing me and encouraging me."

Davis closed out her decorated career as a two-time All-American, earning honors in both the indoor and outdoor 200-meter events this season. The six-time NCAC Sprinter of the Year leaves Denison as one of only three female DU track & field athletes to earn multiple All-American certificates.

"I'm very happy for Tiffany," Denison Head Track & Field Coach Mark FitzPatrick said. "She had a great career and is arguable the best women's track and field athlete in school history. She's a two-time All-American and definitely the best sprinter we've had in program history. This is a good way to end her career, with All-American honors."

With three athletes earning All-American honors this season, the Big Red finished tied for 42 out of 81 teams with six points.

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