Golden Valley High School

Freshman phenom at Golden Valley

Jalen Davis grew up being an all around athlete. He started following in his father’s footsteps by playing T-Ball and football at the age of four. He knew immediately that sports intrigued him and he wanted to go far. At six years old, he started running for a local track team in Santa Clarita called The Storm.  Davis soon became known as the fastest runner in the Western Conference Valley Youth Organization for his age.

As he got older, Davis began to join postseason teams to try and earn a spot at the Junior Olympics. In the summer of 2017, at the age of 13, Davis qualified to go to the JO’s in Sacramento. He took fourth place in the 100m with a time of 11.3 seconds  and seventh in the 200m finals with a time of 23.7 seconds.

Jalen with his dad and head track coach Lonnie Davis

Before entering high school, the head coach of the program knew he saw something special in Davis.  Coach Lonnie Davis, who happens to be Davis’ father knew he had something special in his son. “I’ve seen him grow and develop as a sprinter over the years and I’m excited for his future at Golden Valley,” said coach Davis.  Due to his excellent times, Davis is presently one of the top two sprinters as a freshman for GV track team.

With the first league meet under his belt, Davis proved he belonged as he won both the 100 and 200 to earn his team valuable points as the Grizzlies defeated the Wildcats.

Coach Davis has high expectations for Davis as a runner, and as his son.  “I know what he’s capable of and I’m in a great position to work with him and see that work pay off in our league meets.”

Davis has been taking this season very seriously after coming back from an injury during preseason.  The hip injury he had caused him to miss an entire month of training. Once he got back from the injury he has trained very hard to get his speed back and make sure he’s prepared for this upcoming season.

Davis’ goals for his first high school track season are to run a 10.6 in the 100m and a 22.3 in the 200m. He plans to keep on working to get faster and prove that he belongs at the varsity level.

Having a freshman as one of the fastest runners on the team has pushed the upperclassmen to work harder during practice. This has created a non adverse environment for the team as the upperclassmen actually look up to him with respect for being the fastest on the team as a freshman.

One junior on the team, Brandon Sabelis, said, “It’s not necessarily about having a fast freshman but its about having someone else you can rely on to get points for the team”

Davis says he plans to focus on his times this year and not worry about everyone else. When asked how he feels about running against upperclassmen like juniors and seniors, Davis said, “I’m not worried about all the older kids, im just here to run my race and get my times.”

For some coaches, having their own kids on the team can make things difficult. However for coach Davis, being the track coach makes it pretty easy because times don’t lie.

For some athletes having a parent as a coach can make things difficult for both coach and athlete. Davis said that he doesn’t receive any special treatments from his father. “My dad does not favor me at all. In fact, he expects more from me.”

After the first league meet Davis not only proves he belongs, but also raises the expectations for both father and son.