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The Shawnee News-Star
  • PHS runner Davis signs with Baylor

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  • Family members and fans alike came in support of one of state's all-time greats.
    It was time to say bye to high school and hello to Baylor.
    Plainview senior cross country runner Alex Davis made her commitment to the Bears official on Wednesday, signing her letter of intent with the Waco-based school at an assembly at Plainview High School.
    Decked out in a green sweatshirt with yellow letters, Davis' dream became a reality. She finally signed off on her dream school after a dream of a high school career with the Indians.
    "I'm filled with energy; I'm still on the edge of excitement," Davis said. "I don't know exactly what to think about it yet."
    While Davis contemplates the joy of Signing Day, we can contemplate a rare career:
    Davis accepted her second Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award on Tuesday. This fall, she led Plainview to its seventh consectutive girls cross country team title and won her second straight individual 3A title, completing a two-year run in which she finished first in every high school event she competed in for Plainview.
    Davis also placed at national meets in 2012. She was 38th out of 194 runners at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., and 26th out of 38 runners at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego.
    It's a long way from Davis' first varsity race. She never envisioned she'd go on to place no lower than fifth at the state meet in her four-year career.
    "I remember looking at (former Plainview runners Tess Lackey and Amber Harper) and thinking that I could never be as good as them," Davis said. "I never imagined it. I remember seeing all the Plainview runners (while in elementary school at Oak Hall) and I wanted to be like them, because I knew coach Naylor made them fast."
    She chose Baylor ahead of offers from schools such as Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Oklahoma, citing the Bears' team unity and its faith-based program as selling points.
    "I already feel welcome," Davis said. "It's a really good school and a really good education."
    Plainview cross country coach Jerry Naylor said Davis is more than deserving of her next step.
    "Division I is a tough go," Naylor said. "They're not gonna take you unless you're good.
    "People don't do the things she's done without having been outstanding. We're extremely proud that she's able to do what she's gonna do."
    Wednesday's signing checked off a final box in the prep cross country career of Davis — one that will be remembered as arguably the best in the state's history.
    "That'll take a while to grasp, I guess," Davis said of her accomplishments. "I love my team. I've had support in every corner, and it's just been so great. I'm so thankful."
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