Tara Davis who was featured on the March-April Cover of Youth Runner Magazine was also featured in the Agoura Hills Acorn this month.
Ty Davis quivers each time his daughter Tara does a back flip during a cheerleading competition.
“I worry she’ll get injured,” the concerned father said. “Cheerleading is important to her. She’s having fun.”
In the hit television show “Heroes,” saving the cheerleader meant saving the world. Nobody’s counting on Tara Davis to save the world yet.
She is the area’s next track and field superstar.
“It’s scary knowing that all the hard work she has put in track could disappear on one bad flip,” Ty Davis said, “but you have to let her be a teenager and try new things. She’s fearless.”
Tara Davis, an Agoura High freshman for the girls’ track and field team, is far from reaching the elite status of Marion Jones—the Olympic athlete who set numerous records at Rio Mesa and Thousand Oaks high schools in the early 1990s—but Davis is off to a blazing start.
She has already broken four school records. She set new marks in the long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100 relay.
“I had a feeling I could break the records, but once it happened, it was an amazing feeling,” Davis said.
She struggled to speak during an interview with The Acorn earlier this week. The Charger lost her voice after competing in the Spirit Nationals, a cheerleading competition, at the Anaheim Convention Center last weekend.
The cheerleading season is over. Ty Davis can exhale.
Agoura’s freshman is ranked in the top-10 in the state and the nation in the long jump by Dye- Stat.com.
She won U-14 Junior Olympics national titles in the long jump and triple jump last year.
Tara Davis was featured on the cover of Youth Runner Magazine this month.
“I never imagined being in a magazine,” said Davis, who posed for the March/April cover. “I was shocked when I saw myself. It was a great moment.”
The fame hasn’t fazed her.
“Tara is very outgoing,” Agoura head coach Garrett Lepisto said. “She’s very sociable and a great teammate. By her losing her voice shows how much she cheers and supports her teammates.”
Davis’ top mark in the long jump is 19 feet, 3 inches, which is the second-best jump in the state this season, according to DyeStat.com.
Before Davis’ first meet at Agoura, Dawn Krenik held the school’s long jump record for 28 years. Krenik jumped 17-4.75 in 1986.
Davis, 14, has been involved in track and field since the age of 4.
Her older sister, Mariah, was drawn to the long jump as a youngster and asked her father, Ty, to sign her up for a track team.
Ty Davis started his own youth track team, the Wylie Flyers in Wylie, Texas.
“We were from a small town in Texas,” said Davis, a sprinter and hurdler at Texas A&M University Commerce and in the Air Force. “We had to drive far for the nearest track team. So I just decided to start my own team.”
The Davis family moved from Texas to Agoura three years ago. Ty Davis is an assistant coach for the Chargers.
Tara Davis, who attended A.E. Wright Middle School, said she misses her friends and family in Texas, but she’s happy in Agoura.
She hopes to one day attend the University of Texas and compete for the Longhorns’ women’s track squad.
Davis’ personal-best jump in the triple jump is 37-1.25. Former Agoura coach Cathy Prater held the previous record at 35-11, which she set in 1994.
Agoura senior boys’ standout jumper Idrees Bernard said Davis can reach the state meet in both the long jump and triple jump this spring.
Bernard and Davis work out together during practice.
A Washington State verbal commit, Bernard holds the boys’ school record in the triple jump with a leap of 48 feet.
“It’s good to have another top jumper at Agoura,” said Bernard, who coached Davis while a youth runner on the United Track Club. “We want to sweep all the jumping events. I knew she was going to do big things in high school. You could see it when she was in middle school.”
The Agoura girls’ 4x100 relay was one of the strongest in the area last spring. The addition of Davis took the relay team to a new level.
The quartet of Kelsie Garrison, Jackie Severson, Meg Kelley and Davis set a new Chargers’ record in the 4x100 with a time of 48.83 seconds, breaking last year’s record of 49.45 seconds.
Seniors Garrison, Severson and Kelley, who were on the relay team last season, welcomed the freshman with open arms.
“It’s been great having Tara on the team,” said Severson, a team captain and the second leg in the relay. “Tara is great off the blocks and always gives us a good start. You don’t have to tell Tara much. She has a lot of experience.”
Davis’ fastest time in the 100 hurdles is 14.77 seconds. Maya Aviezer held the previous school record with a time of 15.01 seconds set in 2012.
“She has a realistic shot at competing in the Olympics one day,” Lepisto said.
Davis isn’t fixating on the future. She’s having too much fun being a teenager.
“I love to bake and text,” she said. “I think I send 1,000 texts a day. I check Instagram every chance I get.”