In his first trip to the state track meet, Kendell Davis of Alliance High School cashed in big with Division II victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, posting times of 10.87 and 21.76 seconds, respectively.
"I'm very proud of what I accomplished today. It's a real good feeling," said Davis, with a huge grin on his face. "I've been dreaming of getting down here since the ninth grade, and I got here and won. That's a real big goal."
He's also been accomplishing big things on the gridiron, where he's a two-way performer for the Aviators. Ohio High magazine has him rated at the 10th-best prospect in the state.
"I'm really excited about football; that's my sport right there," said Davis who rushed for over 1,900 yards and scored 22 touchdowns last year, four of those being on kickoff returns. "It doesn't really matter what I play as long as I play. I'm better at running back, but I'll play defense too. It doesn't really matter. I play free safety and running back, so those are the only two positions that I can play, and I can return the ball."
He's hoping to eventually parlay his successes in track and football into landing a big-time Division I football scholarship.
"I'd like to play in the Big Ten, any of the Big Ten schools," said Davis, who already has an offer from Michigan State, among others. "I'd love to go to the Buckeyes, but I guess it all depends."
It might all depend on his academic status, but Davis said that everything there is in good shape.
"Everything is real good right now," he said. "I take the ACT June 12 and the grades will be okay. The grades will be perfect."