When Thayer Davis and coach Roger Hansen checked the time board after the 100-meter race on April 3, they were elated.
Lake Washington High senior Davis’ smile was infectious as she turned to someone in the grandstand and gave a double thumbs up after eyeing her personal-record time of 12.63 seconds. She finished first in the race and stands atop the 3A KingCo with that mark.
“I’ve been waiting for that for a while, I’ve been working for it. I felt really relaxed, I felt good about it,” Davis said. “I was really excited because I don’t usually get a personal record this early in the season.”
Last year, Davis nailed a PR at districts, and she hopes her time continues to improve over the next month.
Davis is shining in other events as well, including the 200 (she’s first in 3A KingCo with a 26.60) and as the anchor of the 4×100 relay with Kate Pallemaerts, Rosa Smith and Taryn Chisholm (the Kangs are first in 3A KingCo and District 2 with a 51.23). Davis won the 200 on April 3 and the relay took first as well.
Last year, Davis competed at state in the 100, 200 (fifth place), 4×100 relay (fourth place) and 4×200 relay.
She’s fueled by hot yoga, electronic dance music and the Kangs’ camaraderie en route to succeeding on the track. Before her races, Davis lets the music flow through her earbuds to get her in the zone. Away from the track, she’s obsessed with dancing and twirling to the music: “I can just go crazy and dance to it and just have a good time,” she said about expressing her inner self.
The Reporter asked Davis a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life:
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
There’s one that my boyfriend told me, he just told me, breathe deeply. That’s just the best thing I can do for myself in any scenario, whether I’m anxious or running. It works all around and it’s so simple and meaningful.
What’s something unique about yourself that maybe somebody wouldn’t know about?
My spirit animal is a sea turtle, I just discovered that. So, I’m really diving into my new obsession with sea turtles.
What does it take to be successful at running?
It’s mental, physical. It’s hard ‘cause you have to think about your form and everything while you’re running, but you also wanna stay relaxed. It’s so complicated, but once you get it down, it’s just so easy (and falls into place).
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
“The Green Mile,” it’s a great movie, it’s serious but I like it. I really like kid movies, too, like “Trolls.” It just makes me really happy.
What super power would you like to have?
I’ve thought about this so many times, honestly — mind reading. I think the mind is the most powerful thing in the world, and being able to read everyone else’s minds would be extremely insane.
It would be good in some spots, but then it might be a little scary.
It would, but I feel that comes with a lot of things, and I’d be willing to make the exchange for that super power.