The indoor track season served as the end to a quest for Butler’s Alexis Davis. And when it was over, she checked off her final goal as a high school track and field athlete.
Davis decided to work on her jumps with an off-campus trainer last year rather that compete in the indoor season, and the results of that decision paid off in a big way last spring.
Davis jumped 17 feet, 2 inches to win the Southwestern 4A long jump title last May and jumped 17 feet, 7 inches to take gold in the conference triple jump, as well. Davis also was a part of the conference-winning 4×100 relay team, adding to her championship haul and helping Butler to a second-place finish at the meet, where they finished just four points out of
At the Class 4A Western Regional 10 days later, Davis again helped the 4×100 relay team to a first-place finish and won gold in the triple jump (37-05.5) while earning fourth place in the long jump (17-06.25), helping Butler finish
But, a sixth-place finish at the state championships in both the triple jump (37-05) and the long jump (17-06.25) left her one elusive championship away from her ultimate goal of winning individual titles in the three major post-season races.
This season, Davis ran some indoor meets for Butler while still training with her outside coach, and when it came time for the state meet, she was ready.
“I already had a conference title, I already had a regional title, but when I went to states this year I wanted to get the state title,” Davis said. “I’m happy that is what I was able to accomplish and it makes me happy knowing I was able to do
Davis jumped 37-05.5 to claim the Class 4A indoor state championship, winning by a half-foot further than the second-place finisher and earning Davis the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s 2014 Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the
But, Davis said, she’s not satisfied with that.
After spending her summer competing in meets across the region for her off-campus coach, Davis said – while she was able to cap off the trifecta of championships – it could’ve been even better.
“I did alright, but I think I could’ve done better,” she said. “I don’t think I was strong enough in the weight room. I’m happy that I was able to win states – that was my goal – but I still think it all could have been better.
“I think, actually, that it was a bad indoor season for me.”
Davis hopes to put it all together this spring and back up her indoor title with a pair of outdoor championships in the long jump and the triple jump to add to her collection of championship
To do so, Davis said she wants to jump around 38 feet in the triple jump and clear 18 feet in the long jump.
If she accomplishes those numbers, Davis should be standing tall with another pair of state titles to bring with her to college, where she said she’d like to continue her athletic career.
“I want to win states,” Davis said with a smile. “Yeah, it’s kind of driving me.”