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Men’s Track and Field: Davis gets ‘weighty’ win

Eugenia Alfonzo | Tuesday, January 22, 2008

After starting off the new year at the Notre Dame Invitational with a victory in the men’s weight throw, freshman Greg Davis hopes to improve even more as the season progresses. “Although the beginning of the season has started off OK, it hasn’t been fantastic,” he said. “However, I’m pretty happy with how it’s going.” Davis has proven to be an essential part of the throwing team, coming back from winter break with the rest of the team three days early in order to prepare for the meet. He also hopes for a successful indoor season, in which he hopes to put his name in the Notre Dame record books. “I look to break the school record in the weight throw, and I’m four feet away from that now,” he said. “Also, my other goal is to win the weight throw in the Big East Conference meet.” His main competition for that goal will be Louisville junior Andrew Hackney. Hackney and Davis threw in the same club while both were in high school in suburban Atlanta. “He finished in the top ten last year and threw in my high school throwing club,” Davis said. “He’s got the best mark in the Big East right now.”At 17.58 meters, Davis’ throw on Saturday qualified him for the Big East meet – an achievement that most freshmen would celebrate.But for Davis, the throw was merely average.”I didn’t really put much thought into it. I threw that far my junior year in high school, so I wasn’t too worried” he said. “However, it’s always good to get that mark out of the way”. Davis credits his throwing coach, Irish assistant Adam Beltran, and senior teammate Mike Schubert with the freshman’s blossoming throwing career at Notre Dame. “As a first-year throwing coach, Coach Beltran has been amazing” he said. “Also ‘Big Mike’ is awesome and has influenced me a lot in adjusting to college track and field.”