A senior who has played three sports for Digital Harbor, Brittney Davidson plans to run track in college. The Class 1A state champion in the long jump last year, the All-City selection also trains with the Baltimore City Track and Field Club. She is considering Bowie State and the University of the District of Columbia, where she would major in accounting and business administration. At Digital Harbor, Davidson, who has a 3.1 grade point average and has been on the honor roll every semester, is enrolled in the interactive media pathway. She is also involved with Greater Harvest Baptist Church.
You play volleyball and run track, so what is your favorite sport?
Right now I would say track, but when I was a freshman I would have said volleyball because I enjoy the teamwork and team effort. Before I was even introduced to track, I thought it was all individual.
Did you find track more team-oriented than you expected?
Yes. We work together. It's not just one individual. When you're running your race, yeah, it's just you alone, but you have to think about the coaching that you got, the support you got from your teammates and the support that you got from your family and your school and you have to think about points.
Did you expect to win the state long jump championship?
No. I didn't think it was really expected. My coach [Lutalo Bakari] expected it, but when I was in the semifinals, I really started to get frustrated. When I talked to my coach after one of my jumps, he said to relax like always, calm down, drink water and stretch. I didn't think I was going to jump what I did (16 feet, 9 1/2 inches), but I did.
What did it feel like to win the state championship?
It was really big. I wanted my teammates to also enjoy it. I had teammates standing right behind me. I was doing it for my team because I wanted to win states as a team. [The team finished third.]
How did you get started in track?
My ninth-grade year, I played basketball and Coach Bak came into the gym and watched us run [sprints] and he saw that I could run faster than most of the other girls. He saw I had potential in running, so he pulled me aside and asked me to run and I said, "Sure."
What do you learn about in your pathway?
In interactive media, we learn how to make videos, programs on TV, simple clips like commercials. We learn how to shoot and edit. We have a station here (WDHH) as big as Channel 13.
Where are you going on your senior trip?
Nowhere [laughs]. Our senior trip is on the day we have states, so we can't go. They're going to Kings Dominion for the weekend. We're trying to make up a trip for us, the seniors on the team, because we've been close ever since we've been freshmen, so why not have a trip together?