Walk on hits medal stand in final MIAA championships

Melissa Davison, a senior at UNK, stands on the podium after finishing 2nd in the 1500 meter run on May 6, 2018 (KHGI)

UNK Long distance runner Melissa Davison one of many Lopers to leave the MIAA championships with a medal.

For the Auburn native, the result was a long time in the making.

"She's always been very committed to what she does. She's always been very persistent about persevering and that sort of thing," head coach Brady Bonsall said.

Davison, who walked on to the Loper track team four years ago, has battled injuries for much of her college career, but this is the first time she’s been 100 percent.

The senior's second place finish in the 1500 meter run, clocking in at 4:45.81, is the first time she's placed at the MIAA meet and says the wait was well worth it.

"Nobody expected me to do anything," Davison said. "It was just a lot of self motivation at times. I had huge support from my team but a lot of it was just myself. Just trying to break the expectations."

"I think it's just maturity and how she handles that adversity. Really that would probably rock her before and throw her off. She'll work hard but she's just gotten better and better at that," adds Bonsall.

UNK has a few last chance meets coming up for those close to qualifying for nationals. They have the Concordia Twilight, Don Keeler Invite and finally the Loper Last Chance meet on Sunday.

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