Given that Christina Davis did not participate in track and field until her second year at Knox, her record-breaking performance at last Saturday’s Monmouth Invitational may be considered a surprise. Just don’t tell Davis that.
“This was my number one goal for the indoor season,” Davis said. “I came close at the end of last season, so I knew that if I worked hard and trusted my coach, I would be able to reach that goal.”
Davis, a senior from Dolton, Ill., broke the school record in the women’s weight-throw, which had stood for nine years, with a toss of 44 feet 1.25 inches, the previous record being 42 feet 7 inches. In addition to the school record, Davis also topped her personal best by nearly three feet.
In the shot put, Davis threw 32 feet 7 inches, good enough for eighth place out of 13 competitors, which gave her the eighth best shot put throw in the Midwest Conference this season. While track and field is not her primary sport, her performance was no indication.
“I started off playing softball, and joining track and field was for conditioning,” Davis said. “Completing the workouts, practicing my technique, and having coaches and teammates believe in me as much as I believe in myself helped me to progress and become a more confident thrower. The new record is just indicative of my progress.”
Aside from Davis, other athletes shined. Junior Tanya Novotnak posted a time of 20:43 in the women’s 5K, good for a fifth place finish. Freshman Lizzy Warner finished sixth in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Joe Kozlowicz finished fourth in the men’s. Senior Adam Kent took fifth in the men’s shot put and ninth in the weight throw.
The Prairie Fire will look to build upon their progression on Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan.