It seems that I always come home from the Simplot Games satisfied with what I have seen from our TEAM. Something about the final meet of the indoor season seems to elevate your performances, and I was very proud of the way that our athletes fought and our TEAM became more unified. I really thought that this was going to be more of a rebuilding year for us during the indoor season, and while we are a young TEAM with a lot of new athletes, new leaders, and new coaches, it ended up being a very successful Simplot Games and indoor season. We actually came home with a record number of medals (for finishing in the top 6 in finals). We broke last year's record of 26 medals by earning a combined total of 32 medals, with many additional finalists medals as well. We also scored the 2nd most TEAM points that we have ever scored (scoring individuals and relays who finish in the top 8). I think my favorite part of the entire meet was our relays. We had 12 relay teams run in the finals on Saturday (our 2nd most ever), and we had 2 more relay teams that missed by less than a second. It was fun to see everyone working together and running so fast together. I was also very impressed with how many of you responded to running 2 or even 3 events on Saturday. I think we are tougher than I originally thought we were - and that is definitely a nice surprise.
There were so many great performances and highlights of this past weekend. It was awesome to see so many of you step up and run faster and compete harder than you thought possible. Once again, it is impossible to mention all the great performances. I am going to list some, but you can also see the updated indoor performance lists on the blog (www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com). And you can see full Simplot results at http://simplotgames.com/results/
Thursday night's distance races had a few big PRs - Tanner Horrocks joined the sub 5:00 club, giving us a record 24 boys under 5:00 in the mile this indoor season (with 3 more boys right at 5:00). Madi Bledsoe and Sydney Zaugg both ran very tough to go under 6:00 in the mile for the first time this season. We had 7 distance girls and 3 distance boys make finals - Kenzie Weir and Ashley Tyndall in the 3200; Skylar Williams, Stokton Smith, and Josh Ward in the boys 1600m; and Hannah Albrechtsen, Aubrey Argyle, Miah Weaver, Chelsey Johnson, and Josey Hedquist in the girls 1600m.
Friday was all about the relays. Our boys and girls 4 x 200m relays both narrowly missed finals, but we came back strong and made finals with boys and girls in the 4 x 400. We also put 4 medley teams in the finals for the first time ever. The girls and boys both had A Teams and B Teams qualify by finishing in the top 12. The Boys Medley C Team of Caleb Gipson, Todd Froisland, Derrek Parry, and Kent Thompson made a valiant effort - but just missed finals by .5 seconds. In the individual events on Friday, Andrew Tyndall qualified for finals in the pole vault, Taylor Cox ran the fastest trials time of the day in the 800m, Trevor Leavitt had the fastest time in the 400m, Logan MacKay qualified for finals in the 800m, and Carson Hunt made it through to finals in the 60m dash. We also had solid PRs and season bests by Erika Stephenson and Eliza Jackson in the 60 Hurdles, Brittney Rounkles in the 200m dash, Kendall Sargent and Anna Ferrell in the 800m, Palmer Flood and Derrek Parry in the 60 Hurdles, Rylee Chilcote in the 400m, and Kent Thompson and Brandon Peters in the 800m.
The finals on Saturday were some of the most exciting I have ever seen. We truly had some of the gutsiest and most inspiring performances on the track. Here are our results from the finals:
Girls 800m: Taylor Cox - 2:13.74 (2nd place) - Davis #2 All-time; Utah #5 All-time
Girls 1600m: Hannah Albrechtsen - 5:12.05 (12th) - Davis #7 All-time; Aubrey Argyle - 5:18.69 (17th) - Top 9th grader in the race; Chelsey Johnson - 5:19.84 (22nd); Miah Weaver - 5:20.67 (23rd) - #2 9th grader in the race; Josey Hedquist - 5:28.78 (31st)
Girls 3200m: Kenzie Weir - 11:15 (2nd); Davis #5 All-time; Ashley Tyndall - 11:23 (6th) - Davis #6 All-time
Girls 4 x 800m: A Team (Josey, Tatum, Aubrey, Hannah) - 9:53 (4th)
B Team (Tiahna, Chelsey, Ally, Miah) - 9:59 (6th) - the first time we have ever had 2 teams under 10:00
C Team (Sam Hedquist, Aimee, Grace, and Kendall) - 10:11 (10th)
Girls Medley Relay: A Team (Rachel, Elise, Liz, Hannah) - 4:19 (3rd) - anchored by a great 2:22 split in Hannah's 3rd race of the day; B Team (Elly, Olivia, Brittney, Miah) - 4:28 (9th) - anchored by a great 2:27 split in Miah's 3rd race of the day.
Girls 4 x 400 Relay: (BriAnna, Rachel, Josey, Taylor) - 4:05 (5th) - anchored by an awesome 58.2 split from Taylor.
Boys Pole Vault: Andrew Tyndall - one of only 14 vaulters to make the finals by clearing 13'06.
Boys 60m Dash: Carson Hunt - 7.14 (14th) - Davis #3 All-Time, Top Utah Finisher
Boys 400m Dash: Trevor Leavitt - 49.69 (6th) - Best finish by a Davis athlete in over 10 years
Boys 800m - Logan MacKay - 2:03 (14th) - in his 4th race of the weekend; top sophomore in the race
Boys 1600m - Skylar Williams - 4:26 (10th) - first Davis athlete to make finals 4 straight years in the 1600m; Stokton Smith - 4:32 (21st); Josh Ward - made finals - but I pulled him out after he ran 2 killer 800m relay legs within 2 hours before the finals (coach's decision - and a great TEAM sacrifice by Josh).
Boys 4 x 800m - A Team (Josh, Colter, Stokton, Logan) - 8:06 (1st) Davis #3 All Time; all 4 underclassmen; 8 straight years with a team on the podium; B Team (Kimball, Ethan, Frasier, Kent) - 8:25 (6th); C Team (Adam, Daniel, Jason Lang, Solomon) - 8:39 (8th)
Boys Medley Relay - A Team (Palmer, Ty, Colton, Josh) - 3:37 (3rd) - Davis #2 All Time; Nearly pulled off the victory with a gutsy 1:58 anchor leg by Josh; B Team (Rylee, Griffin, Jordan, Colter) - 3:46 (10th) - ran faster in the finals despite dropping the baton and going down
Boys 4 x 400m Relay - A Team (Gabe, Skylar, Palmer, Trevor) - 3:28 (7th) - Davis #4 All Time
Thanks to each of you who came to Simplot and competed so hard for the TEAM. As a coaching staff, we were very pleased with how you behaved and with the amount of excitement you showed for your TEAMmates. Thanks to the coaches who helped prepare you, and who sacrificed their time this past weekend. And a HUGE thanks to your parents for their support and trust and help with all of the traveling and other arrangements. We are lucky to have great parents as part of our program.
This Week - We will only have practice during track class. Distance runners will also meet for a run after school on Wednesday.
Thursday (2/20) - Senior Meeting in my classroom during track class. We will be discussing the track apparel for the season. Meet in the gym like normal, and then we will go up to my classroom.
Tuesday (2/25) - Official Outdoor Track Meeting and first day of practice. We will be handing out paperwork, going over some important information and having a brief workout after the meeting. Please help us spread the word by inviting any friends you have who are interested in outdoor track.
Thanks for a great indoor season. I hope that you are all looking forward to some great things in the outdoor season.