Whitefish Bay distance star Camille Davre has never lost a North Shore Conference individual race in cross country and track.
The Blue Duke senior, who is headed to Michigan next fall on scholarship, closed out her spectacular league career with impressive wins in the 800 and 1,600-meters on May 16 on a warm and windy day at the North Shore Conference outdoor track meet in Cedarburg.
Her efforts led the Blue Dukes to a solid third place finish and leaves the seven-time WIAA state champ Davre with just two-and-a-half weeks left in her spectacular career.
She’s ready to go out big, as the plan right now is for her to go for the distance trifecta at state, and try to claim the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter titles in the event held at La Crosse, June 2 and 3.
If she achieves it, it would give her a total of 10 WIAA state track titles and a four-year sweep of both the 800 and 1,600 crowns.
Davre views the effort as a great opportunity.
“We’ve been working really hard the last two weeks and we’re definitely ready for the taper,” she said. “I’m feeling very strong. I’m being realistic, but I feel confident in my training. The 3,200, it’s something I really want to do.
“I know it’s a real challenge but I’m prepared for it.”
Earlier this season, Davre dropped an impressive school record time of 10:41.57 in her first 3,200 in a couple of years. Dana Feyen of D2 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau owns the state best best at 10:38.22.
Davre and all the distance runners at the North Shore outdoor showed real mental toughness on the day, running in less-than-ideal 80-plus degree temperatures with gusty, 20-plus mile an hour winds.
Davre started out with a workmanlike effort of 5:08.62 in the 1,600, good for a five-plus second win over Germantown’s Sami Stieve. She then cruised to a four-plus second victory over Germantown’s Alyssa Goesch in the 800 with a 2:15.28 clocking.
In an effort to get some speed work in, Davre also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 relay and brought the team of Alexa Bartschat, Josie Helf, and Jenny Velikodanov all the way back from fifth into second with a season best time of 4:10.94.
Germantown won the race with a conference record 4:02.03 time.
“Some of this was like a state preview,” Davre said. “Use it as a hard training day and get us ready.” Davre leaves Bay with the North Shore outdoor records in both the 800 (2:14.59) and the 1,600 (5:00.35).
Her efforts led Bay to a 94 point total as Germantown beat Cedarburg, 128-110, for the team title.
Taking seconds for the Blue Dukes were Maya McWilliams in the 100 dash (12.31), the 4×100 relay team of Meghan Grimm, Susanna Evans, Maddie Smerlinski and Taylor Perkins (51.1); the 4×200 relay team of Grimm, Evans, Smerlinski and McWilliams (1:45.28); and the 4×800 relay team of Bartschat, Greta Paschke, Zoe Styler and Helf (10:23.64).
Davre said it was a good day for the team.
“Everyone ran really well and really competed well too,” she said.