JEFFERSON CITY – With one mighty throw, Carlos Davis sent members of the state track and field championships organizational staff scurrying for safety, as his discus came within a couple of yards of flying through the media tent located on the football field at Lincoln University.
Following the Blue Springs junior’s throw Saturday afternoon, officials measured the divot on the field three times, and the end result sent shock waves and cheers through the crowd as it was measured at a state-record 212 feet, 5 inches. That broke the record of former Lee’s Summit North strongman Chris Rohr (201-4, set in 2004) by 11 feet, one inch.
It is the top throw in the nation for 2014 and ranks as the 20th-best throw in U.S. prep history.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on the field watching the event, and all he could do was shake his head in amazement.
On Davis’ next attempt, the young man retrieving the athletes discs cautioned, “He’s back. Heads up!”
That throw set the stage for one of the most memorable days in Blue Springs track and field history as the Wildcats totaled 83 points to win their third state title in school history and the first for veteran coach Joe Cusack (please see state story).
When officials placed Davis’ mark on the scoreboard, he put his hands on his head and gazed at the staggering numbers.
“I almost started to cry,” said Davis, who has made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Nebraska alongside his twin brother Khalil. “But I didn’t want to cry in front of everyone. I just looked at 212-5 and couldn’t believe it.
“When I let it go, I knew it was a special throw. But I didn’t know it was that special.”
It marked just the second time all season that Carlos had defeated Khalil in the discus. Khalil finished second with a throw of 197-0 that would have won state the previous nine years - dating back to Rohr’s 201-4 effort.
“I’m happy for Carlos,” said Khalil, who hinted that the brothers may now consider throwing the shot and discus at Nebraska. “I don’t know how to describe what he just did, what we just witnessed. Let’s just say he is a B-E-A-S-T! We work so hard, and we’re so competitive, it’s great to see him get a state record.
“But the next time we throw against each other, I’ll get him. I promise you that.”
When Khalil threw 197 and Carlos 194 at sectionals the previous weekend, Blue Springs throwing coach David Pollard said, “They’re going to get 200 next year – that’s not a prediction, that’s a fact.”
When reminded of that comment Saturday, Pollard said, “I was wrong by about a year. Khalil came close to 200, and what Carlos did was just amazing.”
What made it even more amazing is that they each switched from the spin to the glide style of throwing just before districts.
“We weren’t getting it done with the spin,” Carlos said. “I think we’re getting it done now. But a day like this only means that we’re going to keep working harder.”
The twins were eager to join their parents after the state championship event because their father promised crab legs to the son who surpassed 200 feet.
“Let’s see,” Khalil said, grinning. “Carlos threw 212 and I threw 197. Add those up and it averages over 200 feet for each of us, so I think I’m going to be getting some crab legs, too.”
Upon hearing that, Carlos added, “I’ll share. I’ll make sure you get some crab legs.”