USU Invitational: It is always nice to get the first indoor track meet in the books. I was very pleased with the TEAM effort in Logan last Saturday. We had nearly 100 athletes competing at the meet (1/4 of the overall entries), and we saw some outstanding performances. I think we have a lot of potential this indoor and outdoor season - but it is going to take a lot of hard work and a ton of TEAM work. We had some very strong season opening performances - Andrew Tyndall won the pole vault with a 13'06 jump (the best Davis indoor vault since 2003 and Davis #10 All Time), Hannah Albrechtsen won the 800m in 2:25.00 (Davis #10 All-Time), Logan MacKay won the boys 800m in 2:00.00 (a very fast time for the USU track and Davis #11 All-Time), Skylar Williams was 2nd place in the 1600m with 4:31, Davis Owen was 2nd in the long jump with 20'04.50 (Davis #9 All-Time), Kylee Edwards was 3rd in the shot put with 34'03 (Davis #11 All Time), and our boy and girl hurdlers ran some very fast opening times - led by Palmer Flood (8.92 - Davis #7 All-Time) and Hailee Carrattini (9.78). Not only did we set some of the top opening marks in the state, we also saw some gutsy performances - I was impressed with the girls 4 x 200 - who ran very strong and nearly came back to win after the baton was knocked out of Hailee's hand in the opening leg. I loved Jessie Swim's effort in the 400m - to get up and run as hard as she could after falling. And I thought some of our new athletes showed a lot of fearlessness in trying some new events and doing their best. Overall, it was a very good start for us. I like the energy and excitement I saw from the TEAM on Saturday - I think we can bring even more of that in the next few meets. I also want to see some more TEAM enthusiasm and cheering over the next few meets.
Going forward, I hope that you are excited to set some major PRs over the next few weeks. I want to see a lot of competitiveness, excitement, and passion as you compete at BYU this weekend. It is also important to have fun, make memories, and gain some close friends. Don't be afraid to be meet new people. I hope to see you posting pictures on Facebook and Instagram and also commenting about the awesome times at track meets on your Twitter accounts (follow us @davistrackandxc). Take full advantage of the opportunities you are given to compete and to have a fun experience with your TEAM.
Keep in mind that if you didn't have the best meet, that it is very early. Stay patient with yourselves, put some heart and work into what you are doing, and you will definitely start to see progress.
I have attached the USU results to this email. They are kind of hard to read. If you would like to see just the Davis performances, here are the links:
BYU Invite Information - I have attached the BYU Invite information to this email as well. The field events are this Friday (17th) and the track events are on Saturday (18th). I have to register everyone online by Thursday night - so I need the attached paper filled out and turned in by Thursday if you are planning on competing. I will also have copies of the paper at practice on Monday-Thursday. You will need to pay at the BYU meet when we arrive on Friday or Saturday - it is $4 per event. The other information is listed on the attached paper. Let me know if you have any questions. We will be taking a bus on Saturday (6:am again - woohoo!). You are also welcome to come down just for your events with your own transportation.
Team Pictures - We will have the indoor TEAM Pictures on Tuesday (tomorrow) after the meeting in the cafeteria.
Alumni Update - Our Davis Alumni made us proud at the opening college track meet at BYU this past weekend. In the mile, Joe White was 6th (4:29) and Logan Petty was 9th (4:34). Christine Van Brocklin finished 4th in the 60m hurdles and ran a lifetime best of 8.99. Kyler Sprague was 5th in the 60 hurdles and also ran a lifetime best with 8.66. Shaelee Sweatfield took 2nd in the 800m with 2:24. And Seth Gutzwiller was 12th in the 3000m with 9:10.
Jan 17-18: BYU Invitational
Jan 24: Utah Distance Challenge (Olympic Oval)
Jan 24-25: Weber State Invitational (field events Friday night)
I just want to end by reiterating how much I truly believe hard work pays off. Don't get discouraged - never give up. Commit yourself 100% to be your best in what you are doing and to making those around you be their best as well. Thanks.