Gavin Davis made a promise to all his friends and teammates that he’d make it to the state track meet one way or another after an injury derailed his sophomore season.
The Leander senior came through on his promise and finished ninth in the boys’ 400-meter dash with a time of 49.87 at the State Track & Field Meet Saturday evening at Mark A. Myers Stadium.
“At region when it came to my run, I kept that promise in my head and said, ‘Alright, this the moment,’” Davis said. “For four years I’ve been training. I trained every single day and every single morning and all that support and work paid off.
Davis was faster than the mark he set on Saturday four times this season, including in the prelims and finals of the regional meet, where he ran the race in 48.94 seconds and won the regional title and set his best time of the season.
Over four years of high school track, everything it took Davis to get to where he ended up Saturday was worth it.
“That was one of the runs I’ll remember forever,” he said. “I love competition and to see them run faster than met motivates me and hopefully it motivates them too. Just to be able to run with all these great runners means everything. I’m not scared to step on this track anymore.”
Leander sophomore Elizabeth Roca finished seventh in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 59.80. She set the school record five times this season and ran at the state meet despite having an injured hamstring.
Jordan Mathis, the only Vandegrift athlete at the meet, competed in the 3200-meter and 1600-meter runs. She finished ninth with a time of 11:18.44 in the 1600-meter run on Saturday morning and ran 1600 meters in 5:05.45, good for seventh place, on Saturday night.