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November 10, 2013

A Vermilion County 1-2

Davis follows successful gameplan to first-ever state title

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"I just think that Jon is one of the best running talents that I’ve seen on this level,'' said Jones, a 2008 graduate of Oakwood High School. "I know he didn’t even run in the summer last year and he finished 26th in state.

"I was just the old guy behind the scenes keeping track the number of miles he ran and setting up his schedule. Brandon was the one that ran with him this summer as he was getting ready for his college season.''

But Jones was the one that somewhat predicted back in early August that Davis was going to have an epic season.

"Justin Jones told me that I would be peaking around this time, so I set some goals and it paid off in the end,'' Davis said. "One of my other goals was to get under 15 minutes, and today was the third time (St. Joseph-Ogden Spartan Classic and last week's sectional meet). This is my ultimate dream — to win state.''

Davis admitted that he was a little worried after the Class 1A runners ran the first mile in about 4:40.

"I didn’t know if I could keep it up,'' Davis said. "But I just stuck with Hess. He knows what he is doing, he’s been here all four years (reaching all-state honors in the past three seasons). I really thought that (Eric) Ponder of Tuscola was going to push the pace early and win the race.

"My biggest enemy is doubt. When I came past the two-mile mark, I had nothing left. My lungs were burning and my legs were reaching critical mass. I just decided it didn’t matter, I just had to pour it one last time for this year.''

And as Davis crossed the final 400 meters up to the finish line, he had only one thing on his mind.

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