PEORIA — Winning the IHSA Class 1A distance equivalent of the triple crown last season made Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac junior Jon Davis a marked man on Saturday morning.

But just repeating the state cross country championship at Detweiller Park wasn’t the only goal for Davis. He had bigger things in mind as he trained during the offseason.

Those dreams became reality as Davis won the IHSA Class 1A state cross country title with a state-record time of 14 minutes, 20 seconds. The previous best time was a 14:22 by Grant Nykaza of Beecher in 2012.

“I really didn’t think the record was possible,’’ Davis said. “When I ran my offseason summer miles, I would daydream on 10-mile runs what it would be like to run a state-record time.

“All of the sudden, I would find myself running a six-minute pace and my adrenaline was kicking in there.’’

While the record was a prevailing motivation during his workouts, Davis admittedly didn’t think he could shave 20 seconds off his personal best time of 14:41 on the flat, but very windy course at Detweiller Park.

“The wind was pretty bad doing out that first 400 meters,’’ David said. “The record was on my mind, but it started to fade away. I was just to face it one mile at a time.

“Coming up to the second mile (of the 3-mile race) I thought it might be there, so I just gave it my all, especially over the final 400 meters up the hill.’’

With a large crowd on either side of him, Davis nearly sprinted past the pace truck and he drove for the finish line.

“With about 1,200 meters to go, I knew I had a shot at the record,’’ he said. “I kept thinking to myself, ‘what do I have left and how much of the course do I have left.’

“Everything fell into place and it worked out for me. I’m very surprised and I’m happy with myself.’’

Davis thanked several people including former Oakwood standout runner Justin Jones for their help, and he also mentioned his faith.

“I have to thank God,’’ he said. “None of this would be possible without him.

“My faith is what kept me on the right path.’’

According to Davis, the key to repeating as a state champion was simple.

“The rule of thumb for this sport is consistency,’’ Davis said. “I provided consistency to my body and it reacted well, giving me another state title and the state record.

“Being a champion last year helped my confidence and it got me out of the door every day to run regardless of the conditions.’’

But the second title was a little more sweeter for Davis.

“The first time I ran in the state meet last year, I just went out to race against Nick Hess,’’ said Davis of the former St. Thomas More runner, who graduated last year. “The idea that I ran this time of time in windy conditions, basically running solo makes this victory sweeter.’’

Only Mount Zion’s Curtis Reed and Tuscola’s Eric Ponder were competition against Davis on Saturday. Just like the Class 1A sectional meet last weekend at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Reed tried to set the tone early and Ponder was there with Davis for most of the first mile.

“They took it out pretty fast,’’ Davis said. “Curtis Reed like to take it out fast. He was on the other side of the field, so I had to find him quickly. I just wanted to stick right behind him. After the first turn, I just decided that I needed to ditch those guys.

“After the 1-mile mark, Ponder made a move and I just decided to put the hammer down.’’

Ponder wound up second, finishing 42 seconds behind Davis, while Reed was seventh.

One of the ways that Davis got himself ready for Saturday’s state championship was running in a meet at Palatine back in early October.

“Jesse Reiser and Zach Dale are outstanding athletes,’’ said Davis about the top two runners in Saturday’s Class 3A state meet. “It was a real pleasure to race against them and lose to them.

“I think it helped me two or three weeks down the road, it played one of the bigger parts in my record.’’

In the team competition, the Monticello Sages won the state title, while Unity finished fourth.

In the girls Class 1A state meet, the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans won the state title with Urbana University High finishing second. Anna Sophi Keller, the defending state champion, also repeated and set a state record in the first state championship race on Saturday.

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