Davis’ versatility is key for Generals
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
QUICKSBURG — Ashton Davis stays busy.
The Stonewall Jackson senior participates in so many different track and field events that she typically doesn’t have a lot of spare time in track meets, and that’s just fine with her.
“You don’t really get much of a break. You get used to it after a while. I’ve been doing it all season,” Davis said Monday before practice. “I think it keeps me warm, it keeps me going. I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all. I think it’s better that I’m in so many events.”
The Generals certainly prefer Davis to be in a lot of events, where she can bring the team to new heights.
Davis runs in the 400 meters, the 200 and the anchor of the 4×400 relay team. She is also in the long jump and triple jump.
Last Friday, Davis led the Generals to a fourth-place finish in the Stonewall Jackson Invitational. Davis placed first in the 400 (1:00.49), third in the 200 (27.96) and fourth in the long jump (15-01.75). She also led the 4×400 relay (4:27.19) team to a first-place finish.
Davis’ strong performance in the meet earned her The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of April 27-May 4.
Despite leading the Generals to a solid finish, Davis was disappointed with how she did in the Stonewall Jackson Invitational.
The senior scratched on all of her jumps in the triple jump and wasn’t happy with her 400-meter run.
“In my 400, I ran a 60.4. That’s also frustrating. I was just so frustrated, because I want to run a sub-60 — that’s my goal,” Davis said. “It’s my home track. It was good weather. I like running in the cold, so it was good weather for me. Not being able to run what I wanted to is really frustrating to me because I know what I’m capable of, and I know that I can do it. It’s just a matter of actually being able to do it.”
Davis’ night ended on a bright note as she anchored the 4×400 relay team to a first-place finish and a new personal record.
“She’s a closer for us,” Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol said of the 4×400 relay. “We were either in first or right at first place when she got the baton and finished. We haven’t had much competition this year. We’ve been running away with it, and that may hurt us down the line.”
Davis said she also feels like she just needs more competition in the 400, and she thinks she will get the time that she’s looking for.
“I really need someone there to push me, because right now it’s just me and the time,” Davis said. “It’s just myself, so I don’t really have that competition that I need.”
Davis has already qualified for the Class 2A state meet in the 400, triple jump and the 4×400 relay. She said she really wants to qualify in the long jump as well.
While she wasn’t thrilled with her performance last week, Davis has had a solid season. Her PR for the season in the 400 is 1:00.02, her best jump in the long jump has been a 15-09, and she has the area’s top triple jump with a 33-03.
Even with all of her individual success, Davis said she’s especially happy with the the 4×400 relay squad qualifying for the state meet.
“It’s another 400 event where I’m running 400 –Â 400 is my main thing,” Davis said. “I love the team. There is that teamwork with handoffs and the four girls. We are all incredibly close. It’s awesome, and rewarding to go to states with them. Being with them you feel more a part of a team. It’s just the environment. I’m definitely glad I’m a part of the 4×4.”
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