PEORIA — The gameplan worked so well the first time that Oakwood/Amrstrong-Potomac sophomore Jon Davis wasn't about to make any changes.
Just like he did a week earlier in winning the Class 1A Decatur St. Teresa Sectional title, Davis positioned himself right on the hip of Champaign St. Thomas More senior Nick Hess.
With just under 800 meters in the IHSA Class 1A state cross country race at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Davis went into a full sprint, pulling away from Hess and claiming the first-ever cross country individual state title in school history.
"It was just about the same plan,'' Davis said. "We, my coach and I, came here yesterday and plotted out all of the points where I needed to kick. We went all the way back to the 800-mark, just in case and that's exactly what happened. When I got to that point, it was all of nothing for me.''
Davis said winning the individual state title, which is the third in school history and the first since Charles Lomax won the 119-pound title in the 1974 state wrestling meet, was a result of his training regime this summer and during the season.
"It was the summer months, that’s when you build a cross country runner,'' Davis said. "The ones that do really well are the ones that practice by themselves during the summer.
"That means running through the hot days, the rainy day and the cooler days that we had here at the end of the season.''
In addition to the work that Oakwood/A-P first-year coach Doug Robinson put in this season with Davis, the sophomore runner also credited a pair of former Comet runners for helping him in his development.
Justin Jones and Brandon Divan worked with him during the summer months.