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Though the race lasted less than 11 seconds, Antwuan Davis has spent hours replaying it in his mind.

In last year’s final in the 100 meter dash, Davis ran a 10.61, while Fort Bend Ridge Point’s Cameron Burrell ran a 10.60 to win the 4A state championship in the event. Davis closed a five-meter gap in the second half of the race, but came up just inches short at the finish line.

“I have kept the picture from last year,” Davis said. “I can remember the whole meet.”

A second time, at the regional championships this past year Burrell finished one spot ahead of Davis in the event.

Now, in their final showdown for the 2013 state title, Davis believes he will have something for the athlete that has been called by some “the fastest kid in America.”

“It’s not going to be the same this year, it’s just not,” he said. “I am a lot stronger this year than I was last year. I know I have the strength to close down that gap at the end.”

Davis’ return trip to the state meet was much harder than last year. Though Region II plenty of athletes that provided competition, the fastest sprinters in the state have come from Region III, something he and his teammates found out the first day of qualifying. The 400 meter relay team, which would have been a state-qualifier in several regions, finished the day in seventh place.

“With our (400 meter) relay, we ran the fastest time we have ran all year,” he said. “We ran a 41.5. I was thinking ‘man we were really moving, how were there seven other teams faster than us?’”

Davis ran a 10.63 in the 100, the fourth-fastest time, but second-best after adjustments were made for wind. He also ran a 21.45 in the 200, which had him sitting in third – one place outside the top-two needed to make it to state.

“I had to overcome some adversity,” he said. “I knew after that first day that I would need to bump up my times if I wanted to get back to state.”

On the second day the relay team finished fifth, though it wasn’t high enough to go to state, it was enough to give Davis the confidence he would need going into his individual races.

“We showed up as a team and moved up to fifth,” he said. “That was all I needed.”

Davis ran a 10.54 in the final of the 100, just behind Burrell’s 10.23. He also moved from third to second in the 200, which will give him two races to run at the state meet this year.

“I have always been pretty good at the 200,” he said. “It’s the first race I ever won state in when I was little.”

His main competition at the state meet in the 200 will be Summer Creek’s Aaron Sharp, a physically-intimidating presence at 6-foot-4.

“I looked over and thought, ‘that’s a whole lot of dude over there,’” Davis said. “Sure enough, with about 50 meters to go he hit that long stride on me. I got to state though, I’ll be ready to race him again there.”

Davis will be Bastrop’s lone representative at the state meet. Since his move to Bastrop High School his sophomore year, the senior has brought accolades, recognition and plenty of national and statewide media attention to the city. Now, he wants to leave Bastrop with a parting gift – a state championship.

“These coaches and the community have been there for me since I got here,” he said. “I know I wouldn’t be where I am without them. So to leave Bastrop as a state champion would be one thing to talk about right there.”

After the meet, Davis will finish up in the classroom and graduate in early June. There will be no time for rest, though, with his college career at the University of Texas beginning before his high school graduation date.

“I graduate on June 7, and start classes at UT on June 6 I think,” he said. “I know I am already registered. From there my college career begins. I’ll be working out with the team and hitting the classroom.”

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