Senior Thelma Davies is going for gold.
Thelma Davies, ’19, is ready to take on the world. And she’s starting with Finland.
She’ll be representing Team USA at the IAAF U20 World Championships in Finland, running on the 4x100m relay team in July. She qualified at the National Junior Trials, running her personal best of 11.42 into a negative headwind. A testament to Team USA, that was still not the fastest time of the day.
“Some of the girls who beat me,” says Davies, “I’ve beaten them before. I was the youngest person in my event – everyone I was racing against had finished their freshman year of college. So I had raced against these people before, my freshman year or sophomore year of high school.”
Former rivals have become friends though, as the women united on the relay team. “Finland is going to be fun,” she says, “because I know most other people and they’re pretty nice.”
Davies describes the event as, “ basically the Junior Olympics. Junior teams all over the world are competing against each other.” A win would get her a junior medal. Team USA is a frontrunner, but eyes are also on the team from Jamaica. Still, Davies likes her odds.
“Jamaica and the US have the fastest people,” she explains, “so that’s our biggest competition. But we have a faster relay pool. Faster times, in total, for each girl.”
Davies understands the gravity of this opportunity.
“I feel a mixture of emotions. This is the world’s stage – there’s a lot of people watching – and what I do on the track, basically helps prep my future. If I don’t run well, a lot of people will think that’s how I compete. If I run my race well, it will set up my reputation.”
Still, she’s confident that this is just the beginning.
“My future is bright,” she says with conviction. “With more practice, and getting more experience, especially on a college level, my time is going to drop tremendously.”
Even as Davies explores the world, she remains grateful to the experiences gained at Girard, especially the late Coach Leek.
“If it wasn’t for Mr. Leek,” says Davies, “none of this would be possible. He talked me into track, I didn’t know anything about track before Mr. Leek. Without Mr. Leek, I wouldn’t have gotten the resources and help I needed to further my track career.”
Davies will compete in the 4x100 preliminaries on Friday, July 13th at 11:04am EST. Should she advance to the 4x100 Final, she will compete on Saturday, July 14th at 9:04am EST.
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