DECATUR — Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac sophomore Jon Davis spent all week working on being able to stick with St. Thomas More senior Nick Hess.
During races this season and especially during last Saturday’s regional meet at Tuscola, Hess has been able to beat Davis with small surges during the 3-mile race.
On Saturday in the IHSA Class 1A sectional meet at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Davis stuck right with Hess on both laps over the 1.5-mile course. When the two runners reached the final 400 meters, Davis went to his kick beating Hess to the finish line.
“That was, by far, my best race ever,’’ said Davis, who had a winning time of 14 minutes, 46 seconds. “We worked on surges all week. Hess has always beaten me with his tiny spurts during a race. We worked on those this week and I just tried to execute my game plan.’’
Davis and Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac coach Doug Robinson decided that sticking the hip of Hess was their best course of action.
“Coach told me, ‘if he moves, you move,’’’ Davis said. “With about 400 meters to go, he had one of his surges and I could see that he was settling back into his race pace. Before the meet, we had figured out the final 400 meters with certain landmarks on the course. I knew that if I just gave it my all, that I could run that portion of the course in about a minute.’’
Davis made his move and stretched out a good lead over Hess. With the race in hand, Davis kept pushing over the final 100 meters.
“I thought he was coming after me with the way the fans were reacting,’’ Davis said. “I’m just overjoyed to win this sectional title.
“I feel like I’ve worked really hard this season and I know that I’m a lot more serious about this right now.’’