Sunday, January 22, 2017

Indoor Update - Weber State Invite

Darts -
I said it during track class this past week, and it's true: At this point of the season, we are more interested in your character, toughness, and teamwork than we are in your actual marks. Your times on the track and marks in the field events might not be where you want them to be, but don't focus on that right now. For now, focus on being tough, working hard, being a good teammate, and looking for opportunities to learn and grow and improve. I thought we did a great job of that at the Weber State Invitational this past weekend. Most of you showed up with a great attitude (despite the snow and challenges getting there), and you were competing with energy, toughness, and courage. It's exactly what we wanted to see. I was very impressed with how many of you tried an event for the first time--I know that it can be scary to face those fears.
The results have not been published yet, but we were very excited about the efforts and attitudes of our athletes! I will send out the Weber State results later this week when I receive them. I will also post the performance list for 2017 on the indoor blog - www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com
(Just a side note - if we ever have weather and roads like yesterday, and you aren't able to make it to the indoor track meet because weather. Please always listen to your parents. Respect their decisions. Just do the best you can in those situations. There will always be other track meets - and your coaches will NOT be upset if you are unable to get there.)

Utah Coaches Meet (UHSTCA Invite) -
Our next indoor track meet is next weekend (January 27-28) at the Olympic Oval in Kearns. I have attached all of the information including the schedule. Please read over it carefully and let me know if you have any questions. We have to Pre-Register you for this meet, so please fill out the attached form and bring it to practice by Wednesday. I will also have forms available at practice all week. You will pay when you arrive at the track meet ($4 per event).

Simplot Games Invite List - We are not quite ready with the invites for Simplot. We are trying to find a way to accommodate as many athletes as possible - but it is challenging once again this year. We have so many athletes doing a great job. The factors we are using to decide (in order of importance) - 1) Performance at the first 2 track meets (we may also be looking at the Olympic Oval performances this week for the final spots). 2) Commitment and consistency at indoor practices. 3) Seniority on the team. We will try (as always) to be as fair as we can while making the best possible decisions for the program. That list will be emailed out on Tuesday. Simplot is on February 16-18.

Coach Matt Williams, who has been helping us the past few years, had a battle with cancer 10 years ago. He recently found out that the cancer has returned. He just had surgery to remove 2 large tumors from his lungs and will begin his second round of radiation soon. We have set up a GoFundMe account to try to help Coach Williams with his medical bills. If anyone can help, here is the link - https://www.gofundme.com/coach-matt-williams-medical

Thanks for everything! The indoor track season is rolling along, and we are pleased with the potential we see and the formation of our TEAM. Keep up the good work!
Coach Talley

Remaining Indoor Schedule:
Jan 27-28 - Utah Coaches Invite (Indoor State Championships) @ The Olympic Oval
Feb 3-4 - Boise Invitational (small group)
February 10 - Utah Distance Challenge @ The Olympic Oval (400-800-1600-3200)
February 16-18 - Simplot Games

Monday, January 16, 2017

Indoor Update - 1/16

Darts -
We want to see each one of you reach your potential with track & field this indoor and outdoor season. We realize that it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice on your part if we are going to have success as a TEAM and as individuals. There may not be a perfect "formula to success", but here are a few tips that will help you with track this year...
1. Be unselfish - we will always stress the importance of TEAMwork and trying to help each other improve. Watch for ways to inspire and encourage your teammates. Bring energy to workouts and find ways to contribute beyond just your competing ability. When you help others succeed, you will succeed as well. Our biggest measure of success as a TEAM will be how united we become throughout the season. We want to see athletes working hard for each other.
2. Stay Healthy - This may be the most important key. It takes extra focus and sometimes a change in lifestyle. Nutrition (fuel), hydration, and rest are an athletes best friends. Be smart about the workouts and communicate with your coaches when you feel something is bothering you - at the same time, realize that you are going to feel some soreness and aches and pains - that's normal when you are working hard. Most of all, take your warm up and recovery seriously - drills, stretching, cooling down, ice baths, easy days, etc.
3. Consistent, Hard Work - You are only going to be successful if you put in the work. And it can't be just whenever it is convenient for you. It has to be consistent. The daily grind with all of the different types of workouts is what is going to get you to be your best. Jumpers don't just need jumping practice - they need speed, strength, and conditioning. Throwers don't just need throwing reps - they need explosiveness, power, flexibility, core strength. Try to improve every aspect of your event. Be willing to put in some extra time and commitment.
4. Positive Attitude - This is something everyone can work on (probably throughout your life). It's not always easy to stay positive through challenging things, but it is so important for your improvement. I love that track is such a mental game - believing in yourself and having confidence can give you a huge edge. Being on the starting line or in the blocks or on the runway or in the ring and knowing that you are going to do well will make you perform so much better. Work on the mental side of your event. Focus and visual success. And then bring energy and excitement and positivity to the rest of your teammates as well.
5. Experience - Be patient with yourself and learn from each workout and each track meet. You can learn a lot from your "failures" or the times that don't go perfectly. Don't be afraid of that. Try to take positive things away from each experience and always lift yourself up and keep fighting and improving. You have to be willing to get out and try in order to gain experience.

Upcoming Items:
Tuesday Practice
- A group will be going down to the Olympic Oval for a workout tomorrow (Tuesday, 1/17). Sprinters and Hurdlers who are trying to qualify for Simplot and Distance Runners who are in the sub 5:00 (boys) and sub 6:00 (girls) range for the mile can come. The cost is $4. Bring your spikes (without the spikes in them). We will be gone from 10:00 until 1:00. We will need drivers. The indoor track at Davis will also be open for a workout at that time on Tuesday if you are not in that group or don't have as much time.

The Weber State Invitational
is on Friday and Saturday (1/20 and 1/21). The field events are on Friday evening and the track events are on Saturday. I have attached the information for the meet. You don't need to pre-register, you can just show up, pay, and sign up for your events at the entry. It is a great first meet if any of you weren't able to compete at BYU. We will talk more about it at practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Indoor Track Class starts on Wednesday (4th period). We will not workout during the track class on the first day. But we will have indoor practice right after school, so still bring your clothes. From here out, we will still meet in the cafeteria on 'B' Days. 'A' Day practices will begin with track class. Those not in the track class will need to find their event coach for the workout after school on 'A' Days.

Simplot - I will send out the initial Simplot Invite list next weekend. Simplot is on February 16-18 in Pocatello, ID. The cost will be $135-$140. More information to come next Sunday.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
-Coach Talley

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Indoor Update - BYU Invite

Darts -
BYU Invite - It was a very solid start to our indoor season at the BYU Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It was a long track meet (for sure), but at the end of the 2 days, we had some great starting marks on the track and in the field events. Our top 8 finishers included Aubrey Argyle (1st in the mile and 2nd in the 800), Alicia Halverson (3rd in the mile), Ally Geisler (7th in the mile), Ruby Jane Mathewson (6th in the hurdles and 8th in the 400m), Grace Neuenschwander (8th in the 800), Kenzie Sagers (1st in the weight throw), Katelyn Hoskins (2nd in the weight throw), Ashley Taylor (5th in the pole vault), Melissa Law (7th in the high jump), Morgan Whitney (8th in the shot put), and the girls 4 x 1 lap (Ruby Jane, Becky, Keslee and Ally - finished 3rd). Our top 8 finishers for the boys were Camren Todd (4th in the mile, 6th in the 800), Frasier Williamson (7th in the mile) Brigham Halverson (8th in the mile), Kelton Johnson (7th in the 400), Caleb Kamalu (3rd in the hurdles), Zach Olsen (8th in the hurdles), Nate Steed (8th in the 800), Cache Arbon (3rd in the pole vault), Alex Cottam (6th in the pole vault), Xakai Harry (1st in the long jump and 4th in the high jump), Eli Beard (5th in the shot put and 2nd in the weight throw), Spencer Plummer (7th in the shot put and 5th in the weight throw), and the boys 4 x 1 lap relay (Jade, Riley, Landon, Sawyer - finished 4th). Devin Lang and Paul Timothy finished 1-2 in the coaches mile. You can see the full results at www.runnercard.com
Our performance list and all-time lists will be updated on the blog - www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com
It really was just a starting place for our TEAM. If you felt like your performance was not what you were hoping for, or if you feel like you can do better, that is probably normal - while we don't want you to be satisfied, we do want you to walk away from this meet with a positive attitude and a determination to improve. I challenge all of you to increase your commitment and to work hard and see what you can accomplish over the next 6 weeks of indoor track.
Some of the things we did well: we were energetic and positive, everyone was giving a good effort and focused on doing their best, we started building some team unity and supported each other.
Some of the things we can work on: Doing a better job with our warm-ups (more drills, more focused, more unity), making sure we are prepared with food/hydration in between events, pushing ourselves and competing without fear, leadership (seniors looking out for the younger/newer athletes), and PATIENCE (there will be a lot of opportunities going forward).

Our next meet is at Weber State University on January 20-21. More details to come.

Track Class: The track class (4th period) starts up after this week. If you are not already in the class, try to find a way to fit it in your 2nd semester schedule. It is not necessary for participation in outdoor track, but it sure makes things easier.

This Week:
Monday-Thursday: Normal Practice - meet in the cafeteria at 2:45.
Friday: Distance Runners meet in my classroom at 2:45.

It is the final week of the term. Make sure to do all you can to finish strong with your grades. Also make sure to clean out your lockers at the end of the week. We will assign new lockers to start 3rd term (those in the TEAM locker rooms do not need to worry about that).

Thanks!
Coach Talley

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Indoor Update - Jan 1, 2017

Darts -
That break sure went by fast. Try to enjoy it as much as you can for one final day, and then we are back to the grind on Tuesday. I hope that you are rested, but also fired up and ready to get back at it. I always love the new year. Not that I didn't like the previous year (2016 was great), I just love the opportunity to re-commit, re-focus, set some goals, and try to be a little better than I was before. I hope that those of you on this TEAM have high hopes for 2017! It has the potential to be an amazing year. Sure, it will have ups and downs for all of us, but let's face them with desire, humility, and hope in all aspects of life. Be the best YOU you can be.
If you are a bit out of shape from the break, no worries! Let's put in some good work (and consistency) over the next few weeks & months and get ourselves ready for an awesome track season. 2017 is a year of NO EXCUSES and NO FEAR, and a year of believing in yourself.

BYU Invite - Our first Indoor Track Meet is the BYU Invite this coming Friday and Saturday (January 6-7). It is an earlier start than we are used to, but it is going to be a lot of FUN. The field events are on Friday Night (Shot Put, Weight Throw, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault) and the track races are all on Saturday. We would like EVERYONE who can to attend the meet. I know that you probably don't feel "ready" to compete, but this meet really is PRACTICE. It is a great opportunity to see where you are to begin with, to gain some experience, and to get to know your teammates better. This is where we start to build a TEAM. Don't make excuses - just come and compete and learn. And don't feel too nervous or stressed because EVERYONE in the meet is just getting started. No one is really "ready" when it comes to this time of year. You are invited to this meet, even if you didn't do any of the practices we had before the break.
NEW this year - If you are going to compete at the BYU Invite, you will need to get yourself registered online by Thursday at 8pm. Here is a link to the registration - http://www.runnercard.com/e/runner.Main?meet=1000938 - The cost is $4 per event plus a transaction fee. Do NOT register for the relay (we will take care of that). Make sure to put "Davis" as your school.
If you are not sure what events to do, talk to your event coach at practice this week. Our main suggestions: Distance Runners (mile and 800); Sprinters (60m, 400m, and 200m); Hurdlers (60m Hurdles, 400m, 200m); Jumpers (Long Jump, High Jump, and/or Pole Vault + a sprint race on Saturday if desired); Throwers (Shot Put and Weight if you have done it in practice).
We will be taking a bus down to the meet on Saturday (but many will need to find their own transportation). We will carpool down on Friday for the field events.
Please let me know if you or your parents have any questions about the BYU Meet. You can call me tomorrow or later in the week at 801-580-8713. The exact schedule and more detailed information is attached to this email.

Racing Tops - If you are interested in buying a racing top for the indoor season, you will need to sign up at one of the practices this week. We will be submitting the order after Thursday's practice. The tops will be black, and will say 'Davis Track & Field' in Vegas Gold. The cost is $26. You will not be able to pay until it is entered on to myDSD after Thursday. You do NOT need to race in the tops we are ordering - we do not have an official uniform during Indoor Track. If you DO order one of the tops, you will be able to use it at a few of the meets during outdoor.

Spikes - If you do not yet have spikes for track, it would be very beneficial to find some you can use for competition. The spikes are specific to event (sprint/hurdle, distance - jumpers can use jump spikes or sprint spikes). You can find good spikes online at eastbay.com or runningwarehouse.com, you can also find good spikes at Wasatch Running Center in Centerville, and occasionally you can get some killer deals at Ross. While spikes are not mandatory to compete in, they will greatly improve your performance.

Indoor Track Fee - If you did not pay in the office before the break, please pay $25 this week. It should go into the "Indoor Track" Budget (checks made out to 'Davis High')

Simplot - Simplot this year is on February 16-18. The cost will be about $135. We will be taking between 90-100 athletes. The invites will be based on the following: 1) commitment (attendance and attitude); 2) Performance at the BYU Invite and Weber State Invite; 3) Seniority on the TEAM. We will send out more information in a few weeks.

This Week:
Monday - Do some type of workout or running on your own.
Tuesday - 2:45 in the Cafeteria
Wednesday - 2:45 in the Cafeteria
Thursday - 2:45 in the Cafeteria
Friday - Distance Runners - 2:45 in my classroom; Sprinters/Hurdlers - 2:45 on the indoor track (for blocks - bring spikes); Field Events - BYU Invitational
Saturday - BYU Invitational

Thanks! Happy New Year! Enjoy your final day of the break. See you on Tuesday at 2:45.
- Coach Talley



2017 Indoor Track Schedule:
January 6-7: BYU Invite
January 20-21: Weber State Invite
January 27-28: Utah Indoor Championships
February 3-4: Boise Indoor Meet (small group)
February 10: Utah Distance Challenge
February 16-18: Simplot Games

The 2017 Outdoor Track Schedule is up on the blog - www.darttrack.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Indoor Update - 12/17

Darts -
This is a longer email, but I hope you will take the time to read it. We have had 2 solid weeks of indoor track going. The workouts have been great, and we can see that many of you are excited and determined to get fit (strong and fast). Plus, a lot of you are bringing some good energy. We have the beginnings of a TEAM, but we have a lot of work in front of us, and we can improve in a lot of areas.
First of all, if you have not come to a practice for indoor, it is NOT too late to get started (it's also not too late the first week after the break, but the sooner the better). Don't be afraid to come to the next few practices and get the ball rolling. We only have 4 practices left this year! You may also decide to just start up when we get to outdoor track (February 27), but I think you will regret not putting in some work and gaining some experience during indoor.
Secondly, those of you who have committed to this TEAM have got to do a little better at being consistent and finding some DESIRE and PURPOSE. I was a bit disappointed this morning. We had a very fun Christmas run - Santa hats, Christmas sweaters, holiday music, pancakes and chocolate milk - and I know it was a "distance" run, but we opened it up to sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, and even throwers to come and do the best you can (even 2 miles if that is all you were ready for). I invited you all week, hoping we would see some excited, passionate ATHLETES who want to be a part of this and want to get better. Shawna was there flipping pancakes, and excited to see if her speed group was tough enough (or self-motivated enough) to come and put in some work. There were only about 5 from the speed/hurdle/jump group who came. Maybe we have a bunch of wimps on this team, but I don't think so. I think you have more to give...No one DIED from the cold or early run this morning, but quite a few people build some character and had a good TEAM experience. The alternative? Stay in bed and get "softer".
We really want to see what you are made of. You are NOT going to get these days back, and right now there is only a small handful of you who are willing to really pay the price to get better. I don't care if you are training to break 4:00 in the mile or 7:00. I don't care if you are training to go under 50 seconds in the 400 or under 70 seconds (or just training to finish the 400 for that matter). Whatever you are trying to do, start finding ways to do your best! You are not going to get better and you are not going to be satisfied if you aren't willing to sacrifice, to hurt, and to spend some time trying hard to get better. We can ALL improve and we can all dig deeper to get better. Quit finding stupid reasons and excuses NOT to workout; quit being LAZY; quit being AFRAID. I hope you all have GOALS, and I hope you all want to accomplish something by doing track & field with us. Now let's see some desire and passion. Let's see you working your butt off to get better and to be a part of something great - part of a TEAM. A number of you are doing a great job at this by the way, I just know that a bunch of you have more in you than I have seen so far in the first 2 weeks.
#noexcuses #noregrets #toughness #guts #goals #tradition #nopainnogain #sacrifice #determination #passion #fightforit #dontgiveup #grit #heart #whereisit? #whatareyoumadeof? #Simplot #statechampions?

Now some business...
Practice this week -
We will have practice on Monday and Tuesday (Cafeteria at 2:45pm). No practice on Wednesday.

Practice over the Break - We are going to have 2 organized practices over the break - both Thursdays. Distance runners should meet at the school at 8:00am and everyone else at 9:00am. We will have a workout and open the indoor track and the weight room. It will be a great opportunity to maintain your fitness and to get some extra work (maybe even some block work). Thursdays - 12/22 and 12/29. We will hand out suggested workouts for the other days on your own. Do something! Don't come back completely out of shape.

Hurdle Clinic (12/30) - We would like ALL of the hurdlers to attend a hurdle clinic on Friday, 12/30. We will meet at the school at 8:00am and we will be going to Morgan to the indoor track. It will give you a chance to work on all 5 hurdles. We will provide lunch (Cafe Rio) after. It's a fun "Hurdle Mafia" tradition.

Indoor Track Fee - Please pay $25 in the office before the break on Wednesday. Checks made out to Davis High. Thanks for those who have paid.

Indoor Racing Tops - You can wear whatever you want for indoor races, but we will have team tops available for purchase. We will have samples at practice this week. They will cost $26, but they are going to be awesome! Sign up for one at practice this week.

Social Media - Follow us on Twitter (@davistrackandxc) and Instagram (@davistrackandxc). Cool updates and pictures to come (not just of distance runners). We're almost to 1000 followers on Twitter!

Parent Emails - If your parents would like to be on the email list, please send me their name and email address. They will then get the weekly updates (usually also posted at www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com).

Indoor Track Schedule:
January 6-7: BYU Invite
January 20-21: Weber State Invite
January 27-28: Utah Indoor Championships
February 6-7: Boise Indoor Meet (small group)
February 13: Utah Distance Challenge
February 19-21: Simplot Games

Enjoy your weekend!
Coach Talley





Saturday, December 10, 2016

Indoor Track Update - 12/10

Darts -
Welcome to the Davis Indoor Track TEAM. It was exciting to see so many of you at the meeting on Tuesday. We had some great opening practices this week, but there were quite a few of you who didn't attend, and we really hope that you will give it a try this coming week. Don't be afraid and don't be LAZY!
Indoor track can be VERY beneficial many reasons. We're building strength and speed and endurance that will help you with outdoor track (and with other sports), and we work hard to build a TEAM atmosphere. The unity we build now, will help us a ton in outdoor track as we make a run for the region and state championships. But we need to have committed individuals! We want athletes who will show up with a strong desire to get better. Who are willing to work and to make sacrifices to be at the practices. Who won't give up when it gets hard.

Frequently Asked (or Thought) Questions:
What if I am not very fast? I hear this concern a lot. The truth is, it doesn't matter how fast you are. Of course, the whole point is trying to get faster or jump higher or throw farther, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing to focus on is self-improvement, NOT comparison to others. Plus, you never know how good you might get. We have too many sophomores who give up because they don't feel "fast enough" - well, who knows how "FAST" you might get if you consistently worked at it for a year or two.

What do I do if I am in Junior High? We love having 8th and 9th graders work out with us. I think it helps them have a good base going into their junior high season. It is just a bit tricky since practice is already going. Distance runners should meet every day at the south doors (and Fridays in my classroom). The high school group will wait some days, and some days it will just be the junior high group. Sprinters/Hurdlers/Jumpers should find Coach Shawna and do a quick warm up and then jump into the workout with the sprint group. Check the following places: The hall upstairs, the indoor track, the small gym, the weight room, the outdoor track. It will work out once you get into the routine. 9th graders can compete in all of the meets, and 8th graders can compete in most of the meets.

What if I am a senior and this is my first year? I love when seniors are brave enough to try something like this in their final year, and quite often they have a lot of success and a lot of fun. Do your best to learn quickly, work hard, and enjoy the experience. I hope it becomes one of your best memories from high school.

What if I have some other conflicts? We will work with your busy schedules. Try to let your event coaches know when and why you are going to miss. Communication will help us coach you better.

What if I don't want to compete?
It is okay if you just work out with us through the indoor season, but we are still going to encourage you to try the track meets. It's a lot more fun that way and it gives you something to work harder for. In outdoor track, if you are on the TEAM, you have to participate in the meets.

What if I am not sure what event to do? That's okay. Try a few different events in practice and pay attention to 2 things: What do I feel successful at and What do I enjoy. Eventually, you will start to gravitate toward your event.

This Week:
Monday-Thursday - Meet in the cafeteria at 2:45
Hurdlers - We are having an introduction hurdle clinic with Coach West on Tuesday and Thursday - It's very important to be there.
Throwers - Meet in the upstairs weight room right after school on A-Days (Tuesday-Thursday) and the cafeteria with the group on B-Days. We WILL be throwing on B-Days!
Distance Runners - We will also meet on Friday in my classroom at 2:45.
*It is extremely important for Hurdlers and Jumpers to meet with the speed group on Mondays and Wednesdays. At this point, the work we do those days is much more important than technique work.

Indoor Track Fee - Please pay $25 in the office. Make the checks out to 'Davis High School' and tell them it is for indoor track.
Lockers - if you need a locker, check with me at the meetings in the cafeteria.

The information I handed out Tuesday is attached to this email. You can expect an email from me each weekend.
Let me know if you have any questions!
See you ALL on Monday.
No FEAR!!
- Coach Talley

www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Indoor Track Meeting

The Indoor Track Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6th at 2:30pm in the cafeteria.
Any 8th and 9th graders interested in training and competing with us will have a meeting on Tuesday (12/6) at 3:15pm in the Davis cafeteria.