When it comes to the 800 meters, Baldwin’s Camdresa Davis is technically a novice. That’s the only thing to call someone who’s run the event only twice. But on Saturday, she ran the race at an expert level.
Davis outdueled Commack’s Madison Wilhelm through virtually the entire distance, winning in 2 minutes, 24.06 seconds at the North Shore Invitational at North Shore High School. Wilhelm was second in 2:24.74.
“We were neck and neck basically the entire time,” Davis said. “When I would feel her next to me, it would push me to go faster. Toward the end, I decided I would give it my all.”
Davis answered two big Wilhelm moves on the final lap, matching her stride for stride after the Suffolk runner split past Davis and another pack leader at the bell, and again in the final 100 when Wilhelm again tried to leave Davis behind.
“It was just a do-or-don’t kind of thing,” Davis said. “If I let her go too far ahead, I wasn’t sure if I could pick that lead back up.”
It was only Davis’ second time running the 800. Primarily a 400 runner, she wanted to work at the longer distance to increase her stamina. What she didn’t necessarily count on was liking the 800 so much. In just a few weeks, Davis has begun to consider focusing more on the 800 as championship season quickly approaches.
“It’s very different from the 400,” Davis said. “Once somebody gets ahead [in the 400], that’s it.”
Davis ran a 2:32.80 on April 28 at a Nassau league meet. So why the eight-second improvement? Davis gave a lot of that credit to Wilhelm.
“The first time I ran it, there was no one really there to push me,” Davis said. “I think I really benefited from having that competition.”
Elsewhere, Elmont’s Ashley Fulton won the 100 in 12.13 seconds and the 200 in 25.18 seconds. Saturday was the first truly warm day of the outdoor season, at least for a weekend invitational. With the temperature hovering in the low-70s through most of the afternoon, Fulton was able to run the way she wanted to — comfortably.
“It’s nice and hot,” Fulton said. “You’re going to run fast when it’s hot. It keeps my muscles nice and warm. It keeps them active and ready to move.”
Fulton’s 100 time was a personal best. She was as crisp as ever in a race she won convincingly.
“I got a good start and kept momentum,” Fulton said. “At the end, I really used my top speed to bring me to the line.”
But it wasn’t just the weather for Fulton. Everything was working for her on Saturday, even during warm-ups.
“Today was a perfect day,” she said. “Perfect conditions, perfect warm-up, perfect execution, perfect race.”
Fulton also ran on the winning 4 x 100 relay with Andre-Anna Rodney, Stephney Pryce and Alexandra Williams, in 49.37 seconds.
In the field, Bay Shore’s Lauryn Piccirelli won the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 5 inches. Her teammate, Zariyah Braxton won the triple jump, flying 35-4½. Commack’s Julie Thomas won the discus (107-10) and the shot put (40-6).
Valley Stream South’s Melissa Gueye won the long jump (17-1 1/2) and the 100-meter hurdles in 15.52 seconds.