Davidson's ankle not holding him back in his pursuit as a top sprinter in the state

Sam Herder

By Sam Herder

Journal Sports Editor

Bradley Davidson was off to a blazing start in his senior season for the Devils Lake track and field team.

At the Class A State Indoor Championships on April 1, Davidson won the 60-meter dash and placed third in the long jump.

A week later at the Eastern Dakota Conference Indoor meet, Davidson dominated and won three events (60-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump).

On April 19, Davidson won the long jump again with a jump of 20’05.50,” but it came at a cost.

Davidson suffered a high ankle sprain on a jump, knocking him out of action for a few weeks after already having state-qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dash.

“It was (disappointing) because I felt like I was just hitting my stride this season,” Davidson said. “I was working to be the top sprinter in the East and then I had the ankle injury and kind of went down from there. But I’m working my way back up.”

In his first meet back on May 9 at the Devils Lake Rotary meet, Davidson showed he’s still one of the fastest guys in the state.

Davidson ran his fastest time of the season in the 100-meter dash. His time of 11.04 seconds in the state track registration is the fifth fastest time listed.

“I was about 50/50 on letting him run on Monday,” Firebirds head coach Jake Wateland said. “He wanted to go with it being his last home meet here. I didn’t know what to expect and was nervous how his body would respond. But our trainer Cory Schuh said he’s ready to go.”

Davidson is still dealing with a little bit of pain. But being in short sprints and not long distances has made it tolerable.

“I don’t think my speed really went away,” Davidson said. “It’s just getting used to running with the pain and having that mentality that you’re not going to lose no matter what. I’m dealing with it well I think.”

Davidson’s top time in the 200-meter dash is 22.94. He was hoping to qualify in the long jump as well, but isn’t sure if he’ll do any more jumping in the last couple weeks of the season.

Wateland said they will see how his ankle responds, but aren’t looking to overwork him right now.

The hope is to add Davidson to a relay team and qualify for state at the EDC meet on May 21.

Although Davidson ran his best time in his last meet, he said he still has goals in front of him that he’s striving to reach.

“I’m definitely not satisfied,” Davidson said. “My goal this year is to end out my high school career as a state champ and my best bet would be in the 100 for that. That’s what I'm going to try to do. Regardless of if I have an ankle injury or not, I’m going to work everyday and try and improve that time.”

The state meet is in Bismarck on May 27-28.