EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State track & field sophomore Charelise Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been named as the Big Ten’s Female Track Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Silverston Invitational on Saturday. Davis won the 200m dash and finished second in the 60m dash in her first competition in nearly a month. The honor marks the second time this season that Davis has been named Big Ten Female Track Athlete of the Week; her previous honor came after the MSU Open back in December. This marks the third consecutive week that a Spartan has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week as Jeremy Orr (Detroit, Mich.) took home the award last week and Shane Knoll (Warren, Mich.) was honored the week before.
With the award, Davis becomes the only Spartan in program history to take home two Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards in the same season since the conference started recognizing weekly honors back in 1990. Davis, who has emerged as one of the top sprinters on the women’s side for MSU, holds top-10 Big Ten times in both the 60m and the 200m dash as both of those marks are personal-bests. Her time of 7.63 in the 60m dash at the MSU Open ranks 10th in the Big Ten as does her season-best 24.65 in the 200m dash.
At the Silverston Invitational on Saturday, Davis clocked in at 24.93 in the 200m dash, her third-best time of the season, earning her the event title. Her 7.96 in the 60m dash was her second-best time of the season, earning her second place.
Davis and the Spartans will return to action this weekend as they will take part in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday. The women will compete at Indiana and the men will compete at Penn State; both meets are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.