The Godley, Texas native and Fresno State standout now resides and trains in
College Station, TX. Davis is the sixth American NCAA pole-vaulter to clear the
19-foot barrier. The Godley high graduate was the nations leading prep
pole-vaulter in 1996. The 2-time Texas State Champion also added dual bronze
medals his freshman and sophomore year. Davis went on to win the 1996 US Junior
National Crown competing in the Junior World Championships in Sydney Australia
in 1996. Davis then went on to qualify for the NCAA Track and Field
Championships 4 times. Jim broke Doug Fraley’s Fresno State University
pole-vault record of 19 feet on his way to his 4th Western Athletic Conference
Championship in 2000. In the preceding summer Davis went on to qualify for the
finals of the 2000 US Olympic Trials.
After a year off to concentrate on school Davis went on to train with Lawrence Johnson and Roman Barchonicov in Knoxville, TN. After an injury-plagued season Davis joined Toby Stevenson and Kurt Hanna at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA and returned to form by qualifying for the 2003 US Outdoor Championships. Jim was instrumental in the progression of Chula Vista High School pole-vaulters and Peak Performance athletes over the past two years. Davis followed coach Ty Sevin to College Station in August of 2003 to train for a birth in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.