As we prepare for another exciting school year, we look back at the top story from 2012-13. Nate Davis capped off one of the most illustrious careers in Heidelberg history by winning two national championships and surpassing the 1,000 point plateau in basketball.
The story below is taken from the recaps of his national championship jumps, posted on March 9 and May 24. Nate’s career accomplishments are at the end.
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Heidelberg University senior Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) won the high jump at the Indoor Track and Field Division III National Championship. Davis won by clearing 2.14m for the first time in his career.
Davis and runner-up Trevor James of Carthage were both unable clear the bar at 2.17m. Davis claimed the title because he cleared 2.14m on his second attempt, while James took three tries.
"Nate jumped the best I have ever witnessed since being at Heidelberg," said head coach Briana Hess, in her third year at Heidelberg. "He didn't let it get to his head when he missed and instead, was smart and just had fun."
The national title is just yet another accolade for Davis' career in Tiffin.
As a four-year stalwart on the post for Heidelberg basketball, Davis accumulated 226 career blocked shots, most in program history. Davis' 1,102 career points places him in 18th place in the record books at Heidelberg. An unusual 2011 dunk has garnered over 990,000 views on Youtube.
Each year, Davis has waited until the conclusion of basketball season before preparing for track. The lack of preparation has hardly hampered his results. With this year's title, Davis is now a four-time All-American in the high jump. In 2011, he finished sixth at the outdoor championships. In 2012, he finished second at the indoor championship and seventh at outdoors.
With the crown, Davis becomes the fifth student-athlete at Heidelberg to claim an individual title. In 1985, Monica Scott won the long jump title at the Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Joe Pflug won the NCAA Wrestling tournament at 157 pounds in 2006. Also in 2006, Greg Tyson won the first of two consecutive titles in long jump at the Indoor Championships. In 2008 and 2009, Judy Bataille won the 55m dash at the Indoor Championships.
"Nate got after it today," concluded Hess. "It couldn't have happened to a more deserving young man."
La CROSSE, Wisc. - Heidelberg University senior Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) is going to have to build a bigger trophy shelf.
After winning the high jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, Davis repeated the feat at the Outdoor Championships on Friday.
Davis was the only man to clear the bar at 6'11.5" at the meet hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse.
"Nate goes out and has fun. He makes it look so easy," said head coach Briana Hess. "He's an amazing competitor and puts in the work to gain the prize."
With the outdoor title, Davis is now a five-time All-American. He was a first team All-OAC selection in basketball this season and surpassed the 1,000 point plateau. He is the career leader in blocked shots and had a dunk featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Ten.
Davis joins Greg Tyson and Judy Bataille as the only Student Princes to claim two individual national titles. Tyson won the indoor long jump crowns in 2006 and 2007. Bataille sprinted to the title in the indoor 55m in 2008 and 2009.
Monica Scott claimed Heidelberg's first national championship in 1985 in the high jump.
"Nate will be very hard to replace. He will be missed," said Hess.
2 High Jump National Championships (Indoor 2013, Outdoor 2013)
5 All-American Honors for Track
4 OAC Championships for Track
2 All-OAC Selections for Basketball
226 Career blocked shots, most in Heidelberg history
836 Total Rebounds
1,102 Career points, 18th All-time