An avid football and lacrosse player Davis didn’t give much thought to track or cross country. It wasn’t until Junior High after he was inspired by his older sister that he decided to give it a try. It took some time but after running 4:50 for the mile in his last race as an 8th grader running was finally on the radar.
That next fall Davis played quarterback for the freshman football team and then as planned played lacrosse for his club team in the spring. After some convincing he decided to split his time between track and lacrosse. His freshman year on the track was outstanding running 2:02 for 800 meters and 4:30 for the mile.
“I had a few coaches talk me into running track my freshman year and it turned out I wasn't terrible and I kind of liked it,” Davis said. “I had grown up loving to run some of the longer distances and I would watch my sister run and I figured I could do it too.”
CCS was a huge moment for the Senior as he won the CCS Championship in school record time. “I felt like I was finally peaking at the right time and I just felt strong running," Davis said. “I felt that I had put in a lot of hard work over the summer and everything was finally coming together at the right time.”
But as he was learning the sport, the strategy and how to run three miles there were bumps along the way. Mid-way through the season in his biggest race to date Davis cramped up and was forced to drop out of the race. But rather than see it as negative he used it as an experience to learn from. “It was a beneficial experience that I’d look back on during the entire season,” Davis said. “I was able to learn more about myself as a runner and competitor in this race over any championship title or record I may ever set. Oregon taught me how to run in big races and how do bounce back from adversity. How to forget what is behind and strain for the goals ahead.”
Davis will compete in his first State Championship November 26th at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Boys Division III race is scheduled to start at 1:25 pm.