We are moving quickly through the indoor season. It is hard to believe that Simplot is so close and that the outdoor practices are less than a month away (especially when I look out the window at all of the snow). I think we have done a good job working as a TEAM, but I always feel that we can re-focus our efforts, work a little harder, be a little more committed, and be a lot more unified. I hope that over the final 2-3 meets of the indoor season that we can really work on TEAM unity. I also think it is important to focus on having fun and enjoying the benefits of all of your hard work. Our indoor season conditioning has been very positive and I want to carry that right into the outdoor season.
Boise Indoor - A small group of Davis athletes traveled to Boise for the New Balance Invitational this past weekend. The girls 4 x 800m team of Taylor Cox, Joanna Boyd, Ellie Child, and Shea Martinez ran a new school record of 9:14.86. It was the number 1 time in the U.S. for about 24 hours - and is now the #2 time in the country. It is also the 2nd fastest time ever run by a Utah team (Mt View ran 9:12 in 2003). The boys team also won the 4 x 800 with a school record of 8:01.38 - ranking them #10 in the U.S. The team was Jackson Sagers, Alex Hedquist, Skylar Williams, and Alex Hedquist. Preston Johnson finished 2nd place in both the mile and the 2 mile - with solid prs in both races (9:28/4:22) ranking him #2 Davis All-time in the 3200, and #4 all-time in the 1600. Alex Hedquist came back after the 4 x 800 to finish 3rd in the 2 mile with 9:45, Skylar Williams came back and finished 3rd in the mile (4:27), and Jackson Sagers was 7th in the mile with 4:34. Christine Van Brocklin placed 4th in the 60m hurdles and 8th in the 400m dash. Ellie Child came back after the 4 x 800 to finish first in the mile (5:09 - Davis #2 all-time), Taylor Cox was 3rd in the mile (5:20), and Joanna Boyd finished 8th in 5:37. Shea Martinez ran 2:13.09 in the 800m for the win and a new school record. It also ranks her #9 in the U.S. in the 800m at this point.
There are a lot of important things coming up . . .
Utah State Indoor Championships - Is this Friday and Saturday, February 1-2 at the Olympic Oval in Kearns. The field events are on Friday afternoon/evening (including the shot put, long jump, triple jump, high jump, and pole vault). The track events on Friday include the 1600m, the 400m, and the 4 x 800. The rest of the running events are on Saturday. Please see the attached paper for the schedule and for more information. It is very important that you return the paper to me with your entry fee by Wednesday's practice. Again, the cost is $4 for your first event and $3 for each event after that. And we need to register you by Wednesday night. It is the only indoor meet of the season that keeps TEAM scores - we will be going for the win for both the boys and the girls!!
Simplot Games - February 14-16. I have also attached the information for Simplot. For those of you planning on going to the Simplot Games, you are supposed to turn in the attached Simplot paper by tomorrow (Tuesday). If you are on the list, but you will be unable to attend, please let me know and I will invite one of the alternates in your place. Let me know on the paper if your parents are able to drive up to Simplot or home from Simplot. We do not have hotel rooms for the drivers, but we will be providing gas money. I am hoping that some of the distance runner parents can drive up on Thursday and watch their kids race before they drive home, and that some of the parents who would have kids in the finals on Saturday can help us drive home. At this point, it is nearly impossible for parents to find open hotel rooms in Pocatello (most of the rooms in Pocatello were gone about 3 months ago). My advice for parents who are wanting to stay in Pocatello to watch the races is to continue to call up hotels until the days before the meet in order to find rooms that become available as other people or teams cancel. If you are curious about what time you would be racing at the meet, you can look at the time schedule at http://simplotgames.com/meet-information/event-schedule-by-time/ Remember that each athlete only gets to run in one individual event and all of you will be in at least one relay on Friday or Saturday. Field event athletes can do 2 individual field events (plus an individual track event). Let me know if you or your parents have any questions.
Utah Distance Challenge - February 8th. For distance runners and 400m runners there is one more chance to race before Simplot - it is at the Utah Distance Challenge - hosted by us at the Olympic Oval in Kearns. For more information, you can look at www.utahdistancechallenge.blogspot.com
Girls who were on the cross country TEAM can come by my classroom and pick up their state champion t-shirts any time this week.
That's about all - keep working hard - I promise you that your hard work and sacrifice for your TEAM will pay off.
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