WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the Class of 2018 by meeting cross country/track & field athlete Winston Davis.
Major: Exercise Science with coaching and psychology minors
Sport(s) Played: Cross Country / Track & Field
Why did you choose Shenandoah? I decided to attend Shenandoah for several different reasons. First, I was attracted to the small knit community and campus where class sizes worked best for me. Second, Shenandoah's Exercise Science department had great growth and direction that I wanted to be part of. Lastly, one of the main reasons I was drawn to the school was for the opportunity to continue my athletic career and pursue excellence on running. The Cross Country and Track and Field program had great promise and I saw a unique chance for me to be part of something truly great.
Favorite Class and Professor: Through my many courses, I've been privileged to be mentored by great professors. It's difficult to have one favorite but I will say Dr. Kutz and her Environmental Physiology elective course was a fantastic experience. The course was more than just a class, it was an exploration of a topic that I had very little prior knowledge previously.
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? What I enjoy most about my athletic career here at SU is the pathway it has opened for me in my future career endeavors. The tools and skills I have obtained from athletics have turned me into not just a great student, but a great person.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: One of my favorite things to do in Winchester is going to the walking mall at the Bright Box when they have comedy night once a month.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: Hosting the NCAA South/Southeast Regional for cross country in the fall of 2015 has got to be my favorite collective memory. The atmosphere was unreal and the level of competition was unparalleled for the area.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Participating in athletics at SU has meant representing more than just myself, but a whole school and campus community. Wearing that Shenandoah across my chest every race told me I was doing something better with my life. The opportunity meant I could keep doing something I was passionate about.
Post-Graduate Plans: My plan is to get accepted and hired into a Master's of Exercise Science program with a graduate assistant coaching position attached. The eventual goal after my graduate degree will be to work my way up the ranks of XC / T&F coaching in the United States as I continue to learn and grow as a person, coach, student, and runner. Athletically, my hope is to build myself up to competitively run ultra races around the east coast.
Nobody knows that I... write my S's from the bottom up.