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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:39 pm

Permian’s Daveja Wilson may not have had the best of showings at the West Texas Relays in the long jump last Friday at Ratliff Stadium, but the Lady Panther junior knows she can recover at the next meet.

Wilson, who’s used to taking first or second in the long jump, ended up placing 13th at the West Texas Relays with a jump of 15-feet, 6-inches.

The main reason was because she hurt her right knee when jumping.

“I started my approach wrong and then hyper extended my kneecap,” Wilson said. “After that, it went downhill. I’m not where I want to be, but with districts approaching I’ll get better.”

Her long jump coach, Courtney Miller, is confident that Wilson can recover.

“Wilson, it wasn’t her best day, coming off that twisted knee,” Miller said. “She usually places first. Today was a little bit of a disappointment for her.”

Wilson’s knee, however, shouldn’t hamper her for the remainder of the season.

“Her knee is good and strong, so she can still run,” Miller said.

Wilson began her season on the right foot, taking first at the Tall City Relays in Midland on Feb. 14 at the first meet of the season with a jump of 16-7.50.

“With the Tall City meet, I just came out and I was excited and ready to execute,” Wilson said. “This one, I was ready to execute, but my steps just weren’t right. It’s not my best meet at all.”

Part of the reason for her struggles involved the wind.

While the weather was clear skies, the wind proved to be a menace for her.

“The wind was not working in my favor at all,” Wilson said. “With long jump, that can make a difference. It can affect your form in running. Other than that, the marking on the board, I wasn’t on quite as well, either.”

But with plenty of long jumpers on the team who have shown potential, Miller said Wilson has done of good job of helping the other girls.

“Wilson has a great personality,” Miller said. “She gets the rest of the girls riled up and excited to be here. She keeps things exciting and with her talent, they look up to that. When you have that kind of talent mixed with being a good teammate, that’s great.”

Miller is confident that her long jumpers can place high at the district meet later this year.

“Last year, we finished first, third and fourth, so that’s our goal for this year, to do the same at district,” she said. “We want to take those points and give us a better cushion going into the running events.”

Wilson’s personal best in the long jump is 16-8 and she says to get there, she has to work on her knee drive.

Wilson has her goals set out for the final stretch of the season.

“The second half of the season, I’m planning to come harder and to keep improving,” Wilson said.

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