A lingering ankle injury prevented Blue Springs High School senior Carlos Davis from practicing his discus and shot put throws during the early portion of the spring season. He says he felt fully healthy only two days before participating in his first meet of the season.
He won that one. And then he won the next one.
The victories just kept coming.
Davis won his second straight Missouri big-class state championship in the discus when he captured the Class 5 title on a distance of 201 feet, 9 inches. And for good measure, he added the shot put state championship, too.
He is The Star’s All-Metro track and field boys athlete of the year.
“This place has been good to me, so I wanted to leave on top,” Davis said after winning his two state championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. “You’re only as good as your last meet.”
In his case, nobody in the nation was better.
For the second straight season, Davis recorded the top high school discus throw in the country when he landed a mark of 214 feet, 4 inches — nearly two feet better than the mark he set in 2014.
He called his shot early in the season. After winning the Kansas Relays in April, Davis commented, “I’m pretty sure when the time comes, (I will) be able to top (last year).”
His stiffest competition came from his twin brother, Khalil, who placed second in both the discus and the shot put at the state meet.
The Davis brothers have already traveled to Lincoln, Neb., where they have signed to play football collegiately at Nebraska. They also plan to participate on the track and field team for the Cornhuskers.
The Star’s All-Metro boys track and field team
First team: Matthew Birzer, Blue Valley West, senior. Although he strained an Achilles’ tendon during regionals, that did not stop Birzer from winning the Kansas Class 5A high jump state title. He won with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches.
Honorable mention: Eric Scott, Basehor-Linwood, senior
First team: Christopher Nilsen, Park Hill, junior. After showing steady improvement all season, Nilsen broke the Missouri all-class state-meet record when he cleared the bar at 17 feet to win the Class 5 state title.
Honorable mention: Conner McGuire, Gardner Edgerton, senior
First team: Jared Belardo, Leavenworth, senior. After a slight tweak to his running approach, Belardo reaped the benefits at the Kansas Class 5A state meet. He set a meet record and won the long jump state title at 24 feet, 2.5 inches.
Honorable mention: Isaiah Simmons, Olathe North, junior
First team: Jacob Peister, Blue Springs, senior. On the final jump of his high school career, Peister stuck the landing at 50 feet, 2 inches to win the Missouri Class 5 state title, his second straight championship. He also won the event at the Kansas Relays.
Honorable mention: Justin Hall, Blue Springs, junior
First team: Carlos Davis, Blue Springs, senior. For the second straight season, Davis recorded the longest discus throw in the nation (214 feet, 4 inches). He fired a throw of 201 feet, 9 inches to repeat as the Missouri big-class state champion. He also won the shot put state state title.
Honorable mention: Logan Blomquist, Pleasant Hill, junior
First team: Willie Morrison, Leavenworth, senior. The Indiana-bound thrower set a Kansas state meet record with his toss of 69 feet, 4.5 inches at the Kansas Class 5A state meet. He also won the discus later that day with a toss of 185 feet, 5 inches.
Honorable mention: Khalil Davis, Blue Springs, senior
First team: Tye Carter, Lawrence Free State, senior. Although he just missed his seed mark, it was Carter’s final throw that lifted him to a Kansas Class 6A state title. The Sunflower League champion tossed the javelin 191 feet, 9 inches.
First team: Andrew Madison, Liberty North, senior. The five-time state champion saved his best for the 110-meter hurdles, which he completed in 14.11 seconds to win the Missouri Class 5 state title. He will attend Wisconsin.
Honorable mention: A.J. Stephens, Olathe East, senior
First team: Noah Green, Blue Valley Southwest, freshman. Green made quite a first impression at the Kansas Class 5A state meet, where he placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. He finished in 37.80 seconds.
Honorable mention: Maliek Kendall, Grandview, junior
First team: Cameron Dawkins, Lee’s Summit North, junior. After an injury-plagued season, Dawkins utilized the Missouri Class 5 state meet to showcase his abilities when healthy. He crossed the finish line in 10.77 seconds to capture the gold medal.
Honorable mention: Avin Lane, Lawrence Free State, sophomore
First team: Micah Beaver, Raymore-Peculiar, junior. While he settled for second place in the 100-meter dash, which he considered his top event, Beaver bounced back to win the 200 dash in Missouri Class 5 state meet with a finals time of 21.78 seconds.
Honorable mention: Tanner Green, Olathe South, senior
First team: Quincy Hall, Raytown South, junior. He qualified for the Missouri Class 4 state meet in four events, and his best performance came in the 400 dash, which he completed in 46.98 seconds to win the state title. That was the best time in Missouri all season.
Honorable mention: Taysean Goodwin, Blue Springs, senior
First team: Darrien Case, Park Hill South, senior. The UMKC commit led from start to finish to win the Missouri Class 5 800-meter race. He completed the two-lap run in 1 minute, 53.63 seconds.
Honorable mention: Travis Hogue, De Soto, junior
First team: Zack Penrod, Raytown, senior. The Wichita State signee finished runner-up at the Missouri Class 5 state meet, when he finished the mile in 4 minutes, 11.79 seconds — only 0.21 seconds behind Lafayette junior Alec Haines’ winning time. Penrod was also sixth in the 800.
Honorable mention: Kurtis Loevenstein, Mill Valley, senior
First team: Stuart McNutt, Blue Valley West, senior. With a Kansas Class 5A cross country state title already under his belt, McNutt capped his senior year with a state title in the 3,200 meter run, as well. He crossed the finish line in 9 minutes, 31.43 seconds and added a second-place finish in the 1,600 meter run.
Honorable mention: Stephen Mugeche, Blue Springs, senior
First team: Rockhurst. The Hawklets won their third straight state championship in the sprint relay with a time of 42.40 seconds, and they’ve used three different combinations to do it. This year’s group featured senior Matthew Willard-Siebert, senior Matthew Schell, junior Jacob Fetters and senior Montae Spiller.
First team: Liberty North. Using a school-record pace, the Eagles’ team of senior Bry Moffett, sophomore Jon Redmond, junior Tyler Lamport and senior Andrew Madison completed the relay in 1 minute, 27.70 seconds to win the Missouri Class 5 state championship.
First team: Lee’s Summit North. A Missouri Class 5 relay dominated by Kansas City schools was won by the Broncos, who used a team of senior Jordan Jackson, senior Laurel Heath, senior Frankie Williams and junior Eric Hughey to finish in 3 minutes, 18.22 seconds.
First team: Mill Valley. The Jaguars dropped more than 12 seconds off their seed time to win the Kansas Class 5A state title by five seconds. The team featured senior Kurtis Loevenstein, junior Derek Meeks, senior Theodore Gillespie and junior Garret Fields.