High school girls track and field: Huntley's Davis picks Brown

Huntley senior Daryn Davis’ path to Brown University actually started at another Ivy League school.

Davis, an academic and track and field standout, visited Harvard in Boston in August. Crimson women’s track and field assistant coach Kebba Tolbert suggested Davis should check out Brown and Columbia, programs he held in high esteem.

So Davis did, and found what she wanted at Brown.

After school Wednesday, Davis sat with caps from Brown, Maryland and SMU on a table in front of her to announce her college decision. She picked up the cap from Brown, where she will run and jump for Bears head coach Tim Springfield.

“I really liked their coach,” Davis said. “He really invested in me and I liked the school a lot.”

Davis was sold on Brown a couple of months back, but waited to make her announcement until she was accepted at the Providence, Rhode Island, school. She has been a Fox Valley Conference track standout since her freshman year, when she finished sixth in the Class 3A triple jump.

Davis took fifth in the 3A triple jump last year and was named the Northwest Herald Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She won the FVC 100-meters high hurdles, the long jump and triple jump last year, setting the triple jump meet record.

“It’s a big relief,” she said. “It was pretty stressful looking at the schools. I’m glad I have my decision and have made it public.”

Davis likely will major in engineering or economics.

Bertrand to Rutgers: Marengo senior Bailey Bertrand made it official Wednesday when she signed her national letter of intent with Rutgers for track and field. Bertrand finished third in the Class 2A discus and eighth in shot put last year. She took fourth in discus as a sophomore.

Bertrand chose Rutgers in mid-December. Her other final schools were Alabama-Birmingham, Missouri State, South Florida and Valparaiso.

“Rutgers was my first visit,” Bertrand said. “I went into Rutgers not really thinking about it as too much of an option. Nobody ever hears about it much in the Midwest because it’s so far east. When I went there, it was such a good atmosphere and I love the people. The coaching staff was amazing and the facilities are beautiful. I felt it could definitely be my home for the next four years.”

Bertrand will throw the hammer and possibly the weight in college, along with shot put and discus. She said last year’s state meet performances helped her realize she was D-I material.

“I always knew I had it in me,” she said. “When I hit that 135-5 (discus last spring), that was what I needed. I needed to get in the 130s to feel truly confident to go to the D-I level.”

Aldridge to Eastern: Crystal Lake South senior Mackenzie Aldridge, one of the area’s top girls cross country runners the past two years, will continue her running career at D-I Eastern Illinois.

Aldridge, an All-Area first-team selection the past two years, was FVC runner-up and a Class 2A regional champion last season. She missed repeating as a Class 2A All-Stater by four spots.

Aldridge will also run track and field for the Panthers.

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