Kierra Davis named Big West's top freshman

May 18, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Davis freshman sprinter Kierra Davis captured Big West Conference Women’s Freshman of the Year, as the conference announced its year-end awards Thursday morning. Davis is the first Aggie to capture such honors since teammate Holly Tokar won it in 2014.

An alumna of Upland High School in Upland, California, Davis finished fourth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 100 meters at last weekend’s Big West championship meet. Her time of 11.70 seconds in the 100 preliminary heat ranks fourth in school outdoor history, while the 23.84 she ran at the UNLV Invitational puts her third in the Aggie record book. Davis also took part in the program’s No. 2 relays in school history: a 3:39.54 in the 4x400, and a 44.81 in the 4x100 that won the conference title.

Davis captured Big West Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honors on March 21. She hit a then-PR 11.86 in the 100 and the 23.84 in the 200 to win that award. Davis also excelled during the indoor season last winter. Her 24.46 in the 200 at New Mexico’s Don Kirby Invitational ranks second in UC Davis annuals.

Long Beach State won three of the eight conference awards: Kemonie Briggs won Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, Jason Smith claimed Men’s Freshman of the Year, and Riley Cooks captured her second Women’s Field Athlete of the Year nod. Cal State Fullerton’s Darion Zimmerman and John Elders earned Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and Men’s Coach of the Year, respectively. CSUN’s Lexis Lambert and Avery Anderson won Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Women’s Coach of the Year accolades.

The Aggie women finished second at the Big West Conference meet, coming just 1.3 points away from capturing their fifth team title in the past six years. UC Davis track & field will return to action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships West Preliminary meet, hosted by the University of Tevas from May 25-27.