Former Coyote Elena Swan Davis to be inducted into USTFCCA Hall of Fame Elena Swan Davis, a 1998 graduate of The University of South Dakota, is among five individuals who will be inducted into the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 21. Swan will be honored during a ceremony at Cal Poly Pomona University during the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Swan Davis of Fontana, CA, was a 15-time track and field All-American at South Dakota. She is being recognized with four former student-athletes who won a combined 16 national championships and earned 44 All-American honors. The other honorees will include Nicole Duncan from California State University at Los Angeles, Geoffrey Bradshaw of California State University Stanislaus, Tabreshia Lawrence from Cal Poly Pomona University and California State University at Los Angelesâ�?�? Tommy â�?�?Tinyâ�? Lister. The Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the Division II Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame Committee. Since 1996, a total of 61 student-athletes have been honored by the Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Swan Davis is the only two-time individual national champion in womenâ�?�?s track and field history at USD. She won the long and triple jump titles and led the Coyotes to a second-place finish at the 1998 indoor nationals. She also finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdles and was a member of the 4×400-meter relay that was fourth at the meet. During her career at USD, she captured 13 individual NCC titles and set four school records. Swan Davis was named the USTFCCA Division II National Female Outdoor Athlete of the Year in 1998. At the 1998 outdoor nationals, she was second in the heptathlon and sixth in the long jump as she led USD to a fifth-place team finish. She also ran on the 4×400-meter relay squad that finished third. She was named the 1997 North Central Region Female Outdoor Athlete of the Year and selected MVP at the NCC Outdoor Championship. At the 1997 Division II outdoor nationals, she earned three All-American honors by finishing second in the heptathlon, second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Swan Davis, who earned a B.S. degree in elementary education at USD in 1998, is an educational consultant for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
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