It was a great start to the 2011 indoor season at the BYU Invitational this past weekend. I was reminded of how long track meets can get, but also about how important it is that we continue to work hard. It was nice to see some of the hard work of the past weeks and months start to pay off, and it was evident that we have areas where we can continue to work and improve. I like to think of the first few indoor meets as "practice meets". They give us the opportunity to get a starting point, they are good reminders about what it means to compete, and hopefully they motivate you to work hard and do your best to improve from here. We have another opportunity this coming weekend at Weber State, and I hope that you will take advantage of the chance to compete and challenge yourselves again. For some of you, it will be a chance to do even better than at BYU, and for others of you, it will be a great chance to get a first mark.
The BYU Invitational was filled with quite a few highlights. If you would like to see the full results, you can go to www.runnercard.com. The Davis performance lists will also be posted in the bulletin display in the locker room hall on Wednesday as well as an updated all-time list (seeing as we had a few marks to add).
It all started on Friday night with the field events. We had a good showing in the pole vault - both Ethan Hunsaker and Keigunn Kunz cleared 11'06 and finished 6th and 7th. Jeni Christensen finished 10th overall and was the top girl in the competition (beating a few boys along the way), and we were glad that Bridger came out alive after some interesting jumps. Mark Lindstrom and Zach Cottrell tore it up in the weight throw - finishing 1st and 3rd. Mark's throw of 48'07 was good enough for #5 on the all-time list. Both Mark and Zach also threw well and pr'd in the shot put. Tyson Bullock finished 4th in the long jump. Marcus Daley (jumping with a cast on his broken arm) jumped 6'00 to finish 4th in the high jump. Kayla Sagers just missed a shirt by finishing 7th in the long jump, but set an indoor pr of 15'01.50 (#8 all-time). Thanks to the pole vaulters for entertaining me on the way down and the way back from the meet.
Saturday started off with some great prs in the mile. Austin Neuner finished 2nd overall at 4:30 (#6 All-Time) with Brad Nye close behind in 6th with 4:32. We also had prs from Adam Mathias, Zach Schofield, Skylar Williams, Jackson Sagers, Hayden Hansen, Phillip Baker, Ryan Lee, Taylor Goldsberry, Joseph Bailey, Jed Brough, Isaac Clouse, Trevor Fry, Dan Wybrow, Devin Farnsworth, and Caleb Gipson. It was impressive to have so many boys pr in the mile. And to see some competitiveness coming out this early in the year. The girls' mile had a similar result. Seniors Meghan Hedquist and Tessa Brown both finished in the top 12, and were joined there by an 11th place finish by Madi Garlock (8th grader at Farmington Jr. High). We had 8 total girls break 6:00 and had pr performances by Joanna Boyd, Ashley Tyndall, Jessica Paget, Julia Anderson, Liz Asbhy, and Whitney Williams. In the later distance races, Brad Nye won the 800m in 1:59.71 (#4 All-Time). Austin Neuner and Joe White were 3rd and 4th each in 2:02. Adam Mathias, Austin Allred, and Ryan Lee were all 2:10 or faster. Becca Albrechtsen just missed the podium with a 7th place finish in the 800 (2:35), and it was a strong first performance by Kinsee Hall - who ran 2:37 in her first ever track meet to finish 10th. Mikell Wood and Julia Anderson also looked strong in 2:43 and 2:45. The 2 mile turned out to be a dominating performance by the Darts. Preston Johnson and Brayden Cromar led most of the way to finish 1-2 with 10:04 and 10:08. Both Preston and Brayden are sophomores. Our Northridge training partner, Caleb Waldron was right there in 3rd with 10:08. They were joined on the podium by Zach Schofield in his 2nd pr of the day with 10:38 (5th place). Alex Hedquist, Matt Swanson, Andrew Aposhian, Ryan Tanner, and Jed Brough all ran indoor 2 mile prs as well.
The Darts looked strong in the sprints and hurdles. No other school qualified as many athletes for the finals in the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles (boys and girls combined). Dalton Facer just missed the top spot in the 60m hurdles. He ran a pr 8.70 in the trials, and finished 2nd in the finals. Dalton is now #4 on the All-Time list. Connor Badger ran a solid 9.18 to finish 7th (top sophomore in the event). On the girls side, we had 4 girls in the top 10. Addy Jones was the overall champ with 9.63 (#5 all-time), Sylvia Harrison was 4th (9.81), Sarah Oldham was 8th, and McKenna Hill was 10th. We also had good prs by Jordan Kattelman, James Barnes, and Jordyn Olson. The "hurdle mafia" is definitely going to make a statement this year. Sylvia Harrison came back right after the hurdle finals to run 7.94 in the 60m to finish 3rd in the finals (just .07 off of 1st place). Addy Jones and Kayla Sagers also made the all-time list in the 60, and Jessica Young just slipped under the 9 second mark with an 8.99. The boys 60m dash had our performance of the meet - sophomore Seth Fortin ran 7.13 - Davis #2 All-Time in his first indoor meet ever. It was good enough for 3rd place overall (just .06 off of 1st). It was a great surprise - even though we knew he was fast. Connor Badger improved his all-time mark with a 7.44, and Tyson Bullock, James Watkins, Bridger Parkin, Logan Thomas, and Jordan Kattelman all broke 8 seconds. Sylvia came back later in the meet to finish 2nd in the 200m with a 26.94 out of lane one (tight turn on that track). She finished the day with 3 top 4 finishes. Kayla, Sarah, Mckenna, Jeni Christensen, and Amy Boudesocque all ran strong in the 200m. For the boys, Connor Badger and Tyson Bullock broke into the 24s and Bridger Parkin and Logan Thomas ran in the 25s. Our top 400m marks came from Tara Anderson who finished 4th with a 63.3 and Nate Lee who ran 56.3.
Another highlight of the meet was the 4 x 1 lap relay at the end. We knew it would be a close race for both the boys and the girls. The girls were pushed the entire way by 2 teams, but came out on top at the end. Kayla Sagers, Addy Jones, Sarah Oldham, and Tara Anderson held off the team from Riverton to get the narrow victory. It was incredibly exciting to watch Tara hold off Riverton's top 400 runner to get the victory. The boys gave us a double victory a few minutes later - Tyson Bullock, Connor Badger, Brad Nye, and Joe White ran blazingly fast to get the win. Both the boys and the girls B-teams finished in the top 6.
Overall it was a great first meet for the Darts. Once again we established ourselves as one of the strongest programs in the state. From here, we need to continue to get stronger and continue to come together as a TEAM. Every other team will be coming after us, but through hard work, TEAM work, positive attitudes, and commitment to being our best in practice and in competition, we could accomplish some great things in the rest of the indoor season and in the 2011 outdoor season.
Tuesday Practice - We will meet at the indoor track on Tuesday at 9:00am (no school) for a TEAM practice. The weight room will be open after the practice.
Weber State Invitational - Will be held on Friday and Saturday (Jan 21-22). The field events are on Friday night beginning at 5:00 pm, and the track events are on Saturday beginning at 9:00am. It costs $3 for the first event and $2 per event after that. There are no spikes allowed on the track. You may where your racing shoes, but must remove the spikes. A schedule and more information will be handed out on Wednesday.
A-Day Class - 4th period track class will begin on Wednesday. After going over some important information, we will get a workout in, so bring your clothes. Remember that from now on, track practice will be during class on A-days. Those not in the class will be given a workout to do after school.
Simplot Papers - If you are interested in going to Simplot with the TEAM, you need to hand in a Simplot form by this week Friday. This will let me know you are interested in going. Those invited will be announced the following week. We will be able to take 75 athletes this year. Those invited will be based on performance and commitment.
Sweats order - If you are interested in ordering Davis Track & Field sweats (warm-ups). We will begin the order form on Wednesday. The cost is $30 for the sweat top and $30 for the pants. We are going to use these warmups for our outdoor warm ups as well. We will most likely put together a second order in March. They are the same style as the girls volleyball team - only in black. They are great quality sweats for that price. You will need to pay in the office before you can have your sweats. You may order just the top or just the pants.
Remaining Indoor Schedule:
Jan 21-22 - Weber State Invitational
Jan 28th - Utah Distance Challenge (Distance Events + the 400m); meet begins at 5:00pm
Feb. 4-5 - Utah Indoor State Championships (the only TEAM scored meet of the year)
Feb. 17-20 - The Simplot Games
Thanks for all that you are doing to make our TEAM what it is. I believe in this TEAM and I believe in your hard work - keep it up.