Another really solid TEAM performance at the Weber State Indoor Invitational on Friday and Saturday. We saw quite a few prs and season bests. Once again we had the biggest TEAM at the meet (almost double the next team in size), and we had some of the best performances as well. I was also really impressed with some of our brand new people. It is early in the year, but I definitely feel that with some hard work, we can accomplish quite a bit as a TEAM this year. It makes me excited for the next meet - the Utah State Indoor Championships - at the Olympic Oval in Kearns in two weeks. We hope to have two really good weeks of workouts and then we hope to see a lot of improvements on what I think is the best indoor track in the state.
I think the number one thing I saw that we can work on is our TEAM unity. I would like to see some more excitement for one another and some more cheering during races, etc. I think we can do a better job getting to know each other and then showing genuine interest and concern for our teammates (asking each other about events, congratulating good performances, seniors giving advice, etc). If there are two things that make our TEAM strong and successful, I would say those things are hard work and unity. We can do a little better in both areas.
I do not have the results from the meet yet (hopefully I will on Monday), but some of the highlights include: Amelia Bagley's 5 foot pr in the shot put; Ethan Hunsaker's 11'00 clearance in the pole vault; Sarah Oldham jumping 14'11 off of her opposite foot (normal jumping foot is coming back from a fracture); Sylvia Harrison placing 1st in the hurdles with our #3 all-time mark; Addie Jones and Libby Fowler also setting all-time marks in the hurdles; Dalton Facer, Kyler Sprague, and Alec Pectol all finishing in the top 5 in the hurdles; Jessie Wilding running 11:42 to place third in her first ever 3200m; Logan Petty nearly pulling off the victory in the 3200m with a solid pr (9:54), and a bunch of other boys and girls setting prs in the 3200m; Freshman Connor Badger running solid and really impressing his coaches in the 55m, 200m, and 4 x 400m; Dani & Sylvia moving up on the all-time list in the 55m dash; Dani setting our #2 all-time mark in winning the 400m; Ben Poulson finishing 3rd in the 800m followed closely by Brian Alfaro; both of the Hart twins making our all-time list in the 200m in their first ever track meet; and our 4 x 800 TEAMs taking 1st on the boys and the girls sides. There were many other impressive marks that I am sure we can build on in upcoming weeks. I will email or post the full results when I get them. (Sorry if I missed other impressive performances).
Athletes of the Week:
BYU Invite - Tyson Bullock, Brad Nye, Dalton Facer, Jessie Wilding, Libby Fowler
WSU Invite - Logan Petty, Connor Badger, Joe White, Sylvia Harrison, Meghan Hedquist, Missy Lott
Mon-Wed: Meet in the cafeteria
Tues-Thurs-Fri: Meet in the small gym (4th period meets in there anyway)
*Those not in 4th period - find us on the indoor track after school to find out your workout
Monday (1/25) - Simplot Consent forms due.
Friday-Saturday, February 5-6: Utah Indoor Championships - Olympic Oval - times TBA
Photos: For some photos of the BYU Invite - and eventually the WSU Invite - you can go to Steve Petty's photo page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#/profile.php?v=photos&ref=ts&id=1051826241 Thanks, Steve, for capturing so many great track moments. We should also eventually have some pics posted on www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com (although I completely spaced taking any pictures at the Weber Invite).
Be prepared for a tough week of workouts. Those who are wanting to go to Simplot should be 100% committed over the next 4 weeks. If you have to miss for any reason, you should let me or Coach West know - either through email, in person, or by text. Coach West's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appreciate what each of you bring to the TEAM. Please continue to bring energy and personality and keep working to make it fun and to be successful.
"Winning isn't what matters. It's what it took to get there that does."
- Brad Anderson 2010