Nathaniel Davis is taking an eraser to the school record book of Sweet Home's indoor track program.
Davis broke the 300-meter Section VI record during a meet at Houghton College. He finished in 35.06 seconds; the old mark was 35.21 set last year by Cody Sikora of North Tonawanda. Davis is getting faster. He broke the school record earlier in the month in a meet at Brockport State. Davis had another achievement at Brockport; his long jump of 23 feet, 1 inch broke a 39-year school record by almost a foot.
It's tough to top that sort of performance. Therefore, Davis is our Prep Talk Boys Player of the Week.
Coach Brian Lombardo on Nate: "Since his freshman year, Nate has been pushed into the forefront of our sprint group. We are starting to see him mature as a competitor. We also have really been working with him to have confidence in himself. Often in the 300 he isn't aggressive enough, and Saturday was about as aggressive as we have seen him in a race. He controlled the pace, he decided to take a chance and go out harder than he has, and it paid off for him."
"He has begun to replace Wayne Gordon on the school record board in a few events, and Wayne was a three-time high school All-American. That begins to tell us where we think Nate can go, but also the pressure that comes with that. He has handled it with a razor sharp focus throughout the last 12 months."
How has your season gone so far: "I have broken two school records, and one Section VI record."
Highlight of athletic career so far: "Being an All-American with my Sprint Medley Relay team last year."
Favorite teammate and why: "Eric Johnson - He pushes me every day to be a better runner in my workouts."
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: "At home doing homework, or out with friends."
What's ahead: "Hopefully, the Olympics in 2020. It won't be easy, and I know plenty of people want their spot on the team. But I'm ready and willing to put in the effort to get there."
Attention, coaches: If one of your athletes has an outstanding week, you can nominate him or her for Prep Talk Athlete of the Week. Send an email outlining the person’s achievements by Saturday night, and we’ll consider him or her for the week’s honor.