Track and field helps Lancaster girl deal with tornado turmoil

Track and field helps Lancaster girl deal with tornado turmoil

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The tornado tore her home apart. Now Jasmine Davis, a junior at Lancaster High School, is finding that competition in track is providing an escape from the disruption in her personal life.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on April 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 13 at 10:03 AM

LANCASTER - When the tornado hit Lancaster last week, it changed Jasmine Davis' life.

"I just know we're going to make it," Davis said at school on Tuesday. "We're staying strong as a family."

The tornado tore her home apart. Now the junior at Lancaster High School is finding that competition in track is providing an escape from the disruption in her personal life.

"It actually helps me run," Jasmine said. "It just helps me get my mind off everything, to where I can just run and just let everything go. On the track I think about nothing. I'm free."

Davis competes in three different running events and in the long jump. Her coach knows exactly what Davis is going through, because her home was hit by a tornado in 1994.

"She’s going to have to go through not having a home, they're displaced," said Lancaster Track Coach Beverly Humphrey. "Where do we go? How long do we live here? How do I get all my things back? All of that is something she will have to deal with on a daily basis."

Because of the damage, Davis and her family are living in a hotel.

"I looked twice, but the third time I looked back, [the tornado] was just sitting right there," said Jerry Davis, Jasmine’s father. "I didn't know what to do. I just panicked. Then I ran to the garage, and lucky the garage door was up. By the time I got in the house, it hit the house."

It was a scary moment for father and daughter.

"[My dad] actually called me crying, and I was like, 'Where are you, can you get in?'" Jasmine recalled. "He said, 'No, I can't get in. The house is pretty much gone.'"

Davis said answering questions from classmates about her situation has been difficult, and her family remains the most important part of her life.

"I'm just focused on school and don't think about what's going on at home," Jasmine said. "Never take your family for granted, because they can be gone any day. And always tell your family you love them, because you never know what can happen."

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