Holiday Inn Invite, 1.16.16

Nebraska's Carlos Davis in action during the men's shot put Saturday at the Holiday Inn Invitational at the Devaney Sports Center in January.

Track uniforms don't exactly disguise them.

As Khalil and Carlos Davis prepared to get into a car to go eat dinner with their parents Saturday, they couldn't quite get away. A family spotted them. "Get a quick picture?" What followed was the twins, ever good-natured, taking pictures with four different people over a span of 30 seconds.

“This is what we came here for," Khalil said. "You knew this before we came. I like it. Just seeing the smiles on people's faces."

Yes, in fact, the Davis twins are doing exactly what they came here for as Huskers, participating in two sports and not regretting it at all.

"We've been doing it for so long it's kind of routine," Carlos said. "If you want it, you're going to keep doing it. We love track. It’s hard to give it up."

They've been able to throw in three outdoor meets for the Huskers since spring ball's end. This past week was their first full week of practice with no football responsibilities.

It was also their best week, with Carlos throwing the discus 185 feet, 5 inches, and Khalil going 184-4 to finish second and third at Saturday's Nebraska Invitational at Ed Weir Stadium behind teammate Nick Percy, who unleashed a throw of 193-10.

Percy also broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 222-7.

The progress of the Davis twins in the discus could be just as encouraging as the Huskers head into next week's Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Carlos now sits fourth in the conference and Khalil at sixth in the event.

Nebraska throws coach Scott Cappos is hopeful the combination of the Davises with Percy could allow the Huskers to place three discus throwers at the conference meet.

"They know our team is at the level that you have to be able to score in the conference championship to assure yourself a roster spot for the Big Ten meet," Cappos said. "They've definitely proven themselves in the last few weeks."

Cappos communicates periodically with Husker head football coach Mike Riley about the twins.

He has coached two-sport athletes who have won championships in throwing events before. "I'm confident we can do it, and Coach Riley has been a huge supporter of this."

There was some rust to knock off after the Davises finished their springs as defensive tackles. The freshmen both threw about 176 feet at their first outdoor meet, then saw the numbers dip in the rain in the second meet.

But the brothers saved their best efforts of the season for their final throws Saturday.

And next week? "Make a statement. Just doing our best," Khalil said. "We know what we can do. We just want to help our team out as much as we can."

Jumping from one sport to another? No biggie to them.

"In high school, it was the same thing. I had no break," Khalil said. "I still have no break." He was smiling about it, too.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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