“As soon as I started seeing what I could do with running,” says Thelma Davies, class of 2019, “I started planning. I want to go to college for free.”

It’s this mindset that propelled Davies to success after success, breaking state and national records and qualifying as All-American her freshman and sophomore years. Most recently, in the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Davies ran the 55-meter dash in 6.77s - the fastest time in Pennsylvania history and the tenth-fastest in United States history.

With these wins under her belt, you might forgive Davies for keeping her mind on the track. Yet this honor student has goals that extend far beyond her athletic abilities. “I take my academics seriously,” she says. “I’m doing so well in school, and I’m pushing myself harder, knowing that I just need to be the best I can be to get where I want to go. There are a few colleges looking toward me. I don’t want to go to college, and be only a track star. People retire in their twenties or thirties. I did research, and came up with sports medicine. I want to study kinesiology and minor in nutrition. I like knowing what’s good for the body. I like to know what’s healthy and not healthy, for myself and for other people."

Humble Davies credits Girard College for much of her success, from the support of her coach and teachers to her track “family.” Even our facilities give her an edge. “I feel grateful that we have an indoor track facility,” she says. “I ran with Penwood track team for three weeks, they run in the hallways. A lot of people run in the hallways, but it’s too much pressure on your arch and joints. I feel grateful for what we have.”

With over a year left in her collegiate career, Davies does not intend to slow down now. “I plan on continuing to have a tunnel vision mindset. I have goals, I’m going to reach these goals, and I’m not going to let people stop me. I try to be perfect as possible, but I know that I can’t. Some things are out of your control, but most of it’s on me.”