Whenever there's an obstacle, Whitefish Bay seven-time WIAA state track champion Camille Davre finds a solution.
Take for example math, which she says has always been an issue for her. Davre's strong work ethic simply won't let her be a failure at it. So when she recently earned a "B-plus" in a challenging trigonometry class, it was something that put a big smile on her face, because she knew that it was a grade she had worked for and could be proud of.
It's just part of the overall makeup that has made Davre, a Michigan recruit, one of 32 prestigious WIAA Scholar/Athletes for 2017.
"It was really surprising," said Davre of the announcement that came out April 24. "I sent in the entry a while back and wasn't really expecting it at all. It's just a very nice bonus. It's very nice to be recognized for that part of my life."
Davre will be honored by the WIAA, along with the others, at a ceremony to be held Sunday, May 7, at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Each winner will receive a medallion and a certificate and will get a special plaque for the school's trophy case. The keynote speaker will be eight-time LPGA golf tour champion and former WIAA state golf champion Sherri Steinhauer.
The award honors a mix of academic and athletic success as well as community involvement. Davre also prides herself on her involvement with the Students Today/Leaders Forever program. There, she encouraged children in first through eighth grade to run 26 miles (the equivalent of a marathon) and read 26 books over the summer. She was there when they ran the last mile and then handed out awards to the children.
In the required essay, Davre spoke of how running has improved her life.
"Although running is primarily thought of as a sport for individuals, my teammates and coaches continue to keep me motivated," she said. "Running has been an amazing outlet, allowing me to make many new friends and experience the joy of working together as a team. I have learned from my coaches the importance of having inner confidence as they always encourage the team to believe in ourselves. Running reminds me that anything is possible if you trust in your abilities and always put your best foot forward."
"It's been nice that my coaches and family have always encouraged me to do other things (outside of running)," she said in a later interview, "because I've always prided myself on hard work. I've never been really pressed to get good grades, but if I did, it was great."
She is considering going into the anatomy/medical sciences field.
Along those lines, Davre has been working hard and carefully this spring, trying to understand what her body is telling her, because she has been battling a small injury ever since her state runner-up cross country finish in the fall.
"I've been doing things carefully, be smart and not push it," she said. Her father, a massage therapist, has tried to help her with it and she's used alternative training techniques, including pool work, to keep herself fit.
That's why she didn't make her track season debut until the Blue Dukes' first outdoor meet of the season April 22 at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational. And because she is who she is, she made it a spectacular debut, as she obliterated the school 3,200-meter record with a state-best 10:41.57 effort.
Davre, who has won three state titles each in the 800 and 1,600, said she hasn't run a really competitive 3,200 since her sophomore year.
"And that was at an indoor meet and I was just testing myself, not really racing at all," she said. In doing so, she took down the storied 2009 school mark of 10:55.86 that Kenzie Vicker set under monsoon conditions while winning a WIAA state title.
Distance coach Mike Miller was impressed.
"She's done everything reasonably possible to get back," said Miller. "It was just a little bit of an alignment issue she needed to get corrected, but her fitness level at this point is just great.
"We just wanted her to go out there and see if she could post a time, because she doesn't get to do this that often. The weather was also nice, too. It was just perfect timing for a great race."
It was a great race, as Davre ran a series of swift 80-second laps and threw in a 77-second last lap for good measure. She was happy with the effort but more pleased for freshman teammate Zoe Styler, who turned in a personal best time in taking eighth.
"I was a little worried about this," said Davre. "I usually am a little conservative about how I start races, but I took a little risk and pushed it and got the time I was looking for. This was good for me, because it's easy to be self-critical of races you run all the time (like the 800 and 1,600). In a situation like that, you know what's good and what's not, so this was nice just to have a little variety.
"It felt good; it's a race I can be proud of."
Davre, who is going to test herself again Thursday, April 27, when she runs an elite prep 1,600 against some of the best runners in the nation at the Penn Relays, is so encouraged by that 3,200 effort that she is considering closing her high school career with a bang at the WIAA state meet in June in La Crosse.
She and her coaches have talked about trying to go for the rarely achieved 800, 1,600 and 3,200 triple. It is a little more feasible this year because the schedule has the 800 and 1,600 on the first day of the meet and the 3,200 on the second.
"I'm definitely thinking about it if I stay healthy," she said. "I really would like to run it at state. I know this would be really hard to do but it is a goal of mine. Things just have to stay according to plan. It would be such a great way to finish things out. I have no expectations (in the 3,200). I would just go out there and have fun."
Miller, who has been her coach since her freshman year, is encouraging but cautious.
"It's a long way off yet," he said. "We've got to get her a good training load and make sure she's happy and healthy. Right now, though, she's in an impressive place."
And based on recent events for Davre, even more impressive things are in the offing.