By BEN JOHNSON
Union’s Imani Davis won last year’s Class 6A title in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches. That’s not even close to what she reeled off at last season’s Reasors Track Classic in Tahlequah.
Davis was one of eight athletes to set a new Reasors Track Classic record in 2012. She recorded a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches en route to a first-place finish.
And Davis will be back this season, making the job much harder for Tahlequah’s top high jumper, Jordan Roach.
“I’m going to watch some the state’s best,” Roach said. “And I just have to make sure I can beat it.”
Roach is coming off a three-way tie for first place at last week’s Claremore meet. Roach’s best jump was 5 feet.
“Placing-wise, I’ve felt pretty good this year,” Roach said. “My height can definitely improve and that’s what I’m going to be working on in practice and these next few meets.”
What better way for Roach to prepare for regional and state than today’s Reasors Track Classic?
“I always look forward to the Reasors meet,” Tahlequah coach Elzy Miller said. “...It should be full of good competition and there are some good times coming in.”
Even after finishing second as a team last week at Claremore, Miller said the Reasors Track Classic isn’t about where he team finishes in the standings. It’s all about churning out personal-best times and performances.
“I’ve been telling our kids that it’s not a matter of us going out and winning, we just have to compete well,” Miller said. “If we compete well, we’ll be in the money, anyway.”
Same goes for Roach in the high jump.
“In the high jump, it’s not necessarily where you finish, it’s how high you jump,” Miller said. “She could get off a great jump and still finish second or third at this meet.”