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Southern Connecticut State Jordan Davis Sets NCAA Division II Javelin Throwing Record To Defend His Crown, Sets Sights On 2024 Paris Olympics

Southern Connecticut State's Jordan Davis holding his NCAA Javelin Trophy with throwing Coach Dan Labbaddia

SCSU Athletic Department

The Southern Connecticut State Track and Field team would cap off a great outdoor season by sending six athletes to NCAA nationals. Among those athletes was Jordan Davis

Davis would have another record-breaking day as he would break his own Javelin record and add another DII national championship to his name, with a throw of 84.45 meters. This marked the Division ll NCAA Javelin record. Davis’s throw was also a facility record. 

This is Davis’s second Division ll National championship and his fourth trip to Nationals. From his appearances at nationals, Davis claimed all-American honors.  

After winning his first national championship in 2022, Davis continued his dominance through 2023 and had multiple historic performances this year. This performance by Davis would also break the previous record he set at Texas Relays two months ago.  

Davis spent some time between football and Track and field. Davis spent three years on the SCSU football team. While playing two sports, Davis became a standout in track and field and football. In the 2023 off-season, Davis decided to focus solely on throwing javelin. 

Making this decision was relatively easy due to capturing his first national championship.  The former two-sport athlete made the right choice. By focusing on one sport Davis put in multiple hours of training. Javelin coach Dan Labbadia works personally with Davis, helping him become a better all-around athlete. 

Labbadia also competed for SCSU as a javelin thrower.  From Labbadia being on the team, he took Davis under his wing when he was a senior and Davis was a freshman. Because of this, the transition into coaching Davis became easy for Labbadia. 

The support system behind Davis is a key factor in his success. Strength coach Bill Sutherland worked with Davis all year in the weight room. Head Coach John Wallin knew what he wanted out of Davis and knew what Davis could do. 

Knowing the goals and seeing the potential in Davis, The coaching staff was fully behind their all-american thrower. Davis is now the first SCSU athlete to win back-to-back national championships since 1981 and 1982. 

Davis was one of six athletes that was sent to nationals. His teammate and training partner Nevan Burke also punched his ticket to nationals. This would be Burke’s first NCAA appearance. 

Being that he made it with Davis would make him less nervous and more excited to see what Davis could do. Southern also sent Cameron Belton and Bernardo Mbaya. Both of these athletes competed in the shot put placing 13th and 17th in this event.  With the throws being well-represented at NCAAs, Davis would have fellow throwers to support him. 

Davis has had a spectacular 2024. From breaking the DII national record and becoming top ten in the world, there's no telling what he will or can do next. Being fourth in collegiate history, he might have his eyes set on being number one in the future as he sets his sights on qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics.


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