MECCA - Jonathan Davis didn't even fathom a trip to the state track and field meet.
The moon seemed closer to the Mathews High School senior last season.
The sprinter didn't even qualify for Division III district finals at Independence High School in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Then, he ran 10.78 seconds in the 100 at a April 4 meet in Kinsman.
"He was as shocked as everyone," Mathews track and field coach Jim Buckner said.
It was a far cry from his freshman year when he tore his ACL in his right knee during football.
The injury occurred during a full-contact scrimmage.
"I caught a pass and I got tackled wrong. I came down on my knee and heard it pop," Davis said.
His knee was fine at Badger High School.
"It wasn't tight at all," Davis said of running the April 4 race.
He opted to have surgery on it between his junior and seniors seasons of track.
"Took two of my hamstring strains out of my right leg and wound them through my knee," Davis said after winning the 100 at a regular-season meet at Maplewood High School. "They put a hole in my knee and screwed it in."
Thoughts of that injury suffered his freshman year in football crept in the back of his mind last track and field season.
"Last year it was always in the back of his mind he didn't want to hurt that," Buckner said. "He didn't want to break that. This year, he's a senior and realized he'd better get going."
However, Buckner didn't expect Davis do that well this quickly.
"He did well in the indoor season, but that jumpstarted him," Buckner said. "He's been training really hard. He really bought into Adam and I. Whatever we tell them, he'll do."
Jonathan has excelled the Lew Speece (Western Reserve), Champion and East Palestine Bulldog Invitationals - winning the 100 at each event and placing first in the 200 at Lew Speece and East Palestine.
"I just want to keep going and get stronger for districts," Davis said.
And heading to this year's state meet is within his sights.
"He's not overconfident and he knows he has to keep working, but he's really ready to go to state," Buckner said.