ASHEVILLE – Gabi Davis signed in the dark Thursday.
The power was out to Asheville School’s Rodgers Athletic Center. Blame it on a faulty transformer, not any lack of electricity that Davis has brought to the Blues’ track and field program the past four years.
She was a Carolinas Athletic Association champion in three different events as a junior. Davis broke her own school record in the long jump Wednesday with a winning mark of 16 feet, 4 inches at Western Carolina University.
And now Davis has finalized her college commitment to Emory (Ga.), a program in her hometown of Atlanta.
“I always wanted to go to Emory, I planned and did all the work I could to get there,” said Davis.
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Family, friends and teammates attended Thursday afternoon’s signing ceremony. Due to the power failure, the only illumination shining in was daylight.
Davis was been named Asheville School’s team MVP for girls track as a sophomore and junior. She was a Citizen-Times All-WNC hurdler in 2015.
“As many of you know, Gabi has been the nucleus of our girls track program for the past two years,” Blues athletic director Chapman Davis said.
“She was elected girls team captain two times and has earned CAA all-conference in various events throughout her track career. This year, she is well on her way to breaking or reestablishing her own records in several events.”
Davis’ personal-best in the 100-meter hurdles (15.10) is also a school record. She has cleared 5-0 in the high jump and run 26.26 in the 200-meter dash.
Along with her individual events, Davis has been part of record-setting teams for the Blues in the 400-meter and 800 meter-relays.
John Curtain has been the coach at Emory for 28 years and during that time has produced four national champions, 110 All-Americans and 461 conference champions in individual or relay events.