ALBANY -- No so fast.
That's what they thought when Maikea Davis first talked about running on the track team. She was 8 years old and didn't know a lot about running. But she knew one thing.
"I just wanted to do it because my big sister was doing it,'' said Davis, who outran all the expectations and has landed a college scholarship. "My parents didn't think I was fast when I first started running.''
They do now.
Her parents were sitting by her side Friday morning at Monroe High School, where Davis signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a track & field scholarship from Western Kentucky, which won over the Monroe sprinter who had a long list of offers.
Davis said no to the University of Florida, Auburn, FAMU and other suitors before saying yes to Western Kentucky, which had that Goldilocks feel to it -- not too big, not too small, but just right.
"I visited Florida and Auburn,'' Davis said. "And they were just too big, just too much. But when I visited Western Kentucky, it felt like home to me. The school was great. The focus is academics, and the track program is awesome. They've won 14 straight Sun Belt titles.''
Early County's Nett Reed, who was The Herald's Co-Player of the Year in track & field last year, signed with Western Kentucky last spring.
"I met (Nett) when I made my visit there,'' Davis said. "She said she loved it there.''
Davis started running for the Ruff Riders Track Club of Albany when she was in third grade, and by the time she was in middle school she was the fastest sprinter around. The next step was running in high school, where she has helped Monroe win the last two Class AAA state team titles. She finished third in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters in the state and ran on Monroe's state champion 4x100 relay team and Monroe's 4x400 relay team that finished third at state.
Then she busted out last summer with the Ruff Riders, running personal bests in both the 100 (12.0) and the 200 (24.1). She finished third in the nation in the 100 meters at Sacramento in the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympics.
Now she's running off to college.
"This is a very special day,'' Davis said. "I am truly blessed.''
She can thank her sister, Meyosha, who is now 25.
So who's faster now?
Davis cracked a big smile, and said. "I am.''