Chasing What Matters

Do the shoes make the man? It’s certainly not the records set, says Jack Davidson ’20. Lifting others toward their goals is what matters for this team, even if they break a few records on the way.

Records aren’t meant to last forever. In fact they may even be beside the point. Three set by a single Bronco in track and field fell just after a year. Joey Berriatua ’18 sped past Bronco records in steeplechase, an event that includes hurdles and water obstacles, 1,500-meter, and 5,000-meter races. By summer 2019, Jack Davidson ’20 ran off with two Berriatua records—the 1,500- and 5,000-meter races. Zach Litoff ’21 took off with the record in steeplechase. Davidson, for one, trained as a sophomore with Berriatua, calling him a role model. “We were pushing each other to be better on and off the track,” he says. That’s a tradition he plans to continue in the upcoming year—when he won’t be chasing records as a redshirted team member, a choice he made so he can compete during a fifth year on campus. “Luckily,” he says, “records aren’t what truly get me up in the morning. My role will be supporting the younger guys toward new individual and team milestones any way I can. I’m really excited to get started.” Look for both Davidson and Litoff in uniform for the 2020-21 academic year.

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