Track and Field thrower going to Colorado
June 8, 2023
A Green River Wolf is not throwing away his shot as he heads to college.
Green River High School Track and Field standout student Dillon Davis recently signed his letter of intent to compete at Colorado Mesa University.
"I chose Colorado Mesa because they were one of the few division two schools that gave me an opportunity," Davis explained.
Davis competed in Shot Put and Discus in high school, and plans to continue with both events while potentially adding on the Hammer Throw and Javelin Throw once he gets to Colorado Mesa.
"I just love the sport," Davis said. "I enjoy every bit of it. And I also love watching the higher levels because they just throw very well and I want to be to that level as well."
While he competes at Colorado Mesa, Davis will also be studying geography.
"I chose geography because it's been an interest of mine for a very very long time," he explained. "And there's many possibilities I could do with it."
When it comes to balancing academics and his athletics, GRHS Head Track Coach Dan Hansen is confident Davis will excel.
"He's a smart student athlete, so he'll do well in school," Hansen said.
The high school coach is also confident in Davis's ability to compete at a college level.
"I think he made a wise decision," Hansen said. "The level that he chose to compete at, I think he'll fit in there just fine. He's a hard worker and he really loves throwing, so that'll go a long ways."
Leading up to this point, Davis's high school career was full of highlights. For Hansen, the best part was "just watching him grow and his excitement when he would PR, throw personal records, or qualify for state or whatever, just watching the excitement that he's gone through and how he's grown over the four years."
For Davis, the highlight of his time as a Wolf was spending time with the friends he made. He explained that throwers tend to have a lot of downtime in between events, which gave him time to bond with the other competitors. As for the benefits of competing in athletics, Davis pointed out that it "helps keep you physically fit," and "it also brings some discipline into your life."
While he admitted to being "a little nervous about being at the bottom of the chain again" once he gets to Colorado Mesa, Davis said he's mostly excited to compete at a college level.