GENEVA, Ohio -- Missouri Valley College sophomore Tyler Davis of University City had already earned distinction as a two-time all-Heart of America Conference football player.
On Friday, he made his mark in the jump pit as well during the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Geneva, Ohio. Davis, the son of former Oakland Raiders running back Clarence Davis, began the men's long jump competition with his longest leap of the season -- his 7.08 meters being the sixth-best in the preliminaries.
Although he didn't match that distance again, Davis mark held up to keep him in sixth place through the finals to earn all-America status. Shorter (Ga.) sophomore Trebor Holmes finished first at 7.73 meters.
The Vikings' two other entries didn't reach the finals. Sophomore Ignacio Franco was a tenth of a second off his seeded time in the men's 800-meter run (1:57.29) and placed 13th and freshman Billi Pipes knocked .55 seconds off her time in the women's 200 dash (25.34 seconds), but that was only good for 19th place.
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) nipped Oklahoma Baptist, 108 to 107.5 points, for their men's team title in 11 years and Wayland Baptist (Texas) easily claimed the women's crown for the third time in five seasons.
The Valley outdoor track season is scheduled to begin March 24 at the Baker Relays.