BLOOMINGTON — Sometimes experience doesn’t matter.
To win a championship in any sport at any level, the conventional wisdom tells us that experience is needed, but that old adage isn’t full-proof. Washington freshman Kaitlyn Davis was the lone Hatchet to advance from the Evansville Central regional last week to Friday’s State Finals in Bloomington, after a third place finish in the long jump.
“I kind of thought if anyone was going to go, it was going to be her,” said Washington coach Maegan McPherson. “She was the only one to come out of sectional qualifying in four events. She’s an all-around great athlete, I felt like she would go somewhere with one of them, I just didn’t know where.”
Davis and the rest of the participants will compete for a state championship at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at Indiana University. Davis won’t have to wait long to get started. The long jump, pole vault and discus will be the first events to start at 3 p.m.
“I think that she will do well,” McPherson said. “I definitely think she can hit a record, because she just keeps excelling and the more drive and motivation she gets from friends and peers. I do think she’s going to have some really tough competition.”
The jump that catapulted Davis through the regional was a distance of 17’1”, which was a personal best and broke a Washington school record that was set in 1988.
“All year she just kept getting better and better,” McPherson said. “It will be outstanding to see how she progresses up into her senior year.”
From the first day of practice, McPherson said she has witnessed something different from Davis that has allowed her to have success at such a young age.
“She’s just an all-around good kid,” McPherson said. “She’s positive and does what is asked of her. She’s always a go-getter and giving her best at practice. I think that’s what helps her excel, she gives 100 percent in practice.”