Sunday, January 25, 2015

Indoor Track Update - January 25

Darts -
For those of you who are new to the track team (added to the class this week), you can expect to see an update email like this most weekends. I will try to go over our highlights of the previous week and the important things we have coming up. I was very excited to see so many of you in the track class, and I feel like we have a great spring season in front of us. As I said in the class, I would challenge each of you to commit to being a part of the TEAM. You can each contribute through your attitudes, your hard work, and your abilities. Please show up each day with a good attitude, ready to work together to get better as a whole.
If you have questions about the class or about being on the team, but don't get a chance to ask me during the track class, just send me an email.

Weber State and BYU Indoor Invites - We had a great showing Friday night with the field events at Weber State and Saturday with the track events at BYU. It was fun to see so much improvement over our first meet at Utah State two weeks ago. We are making progress as a TEAM, and really showing a lot of strength this indoor season. I am starting to really believe that we have what it takes to be one of the great Davis TEAMs.
Quite a few Davis athletes finished in the top 6 of their events:
Nate Allred (1st - High Jump at BYU - 6'06)
Baylee Reynolds (3rd - Pole Vault at BYU - 7'06)
Kylee Edwards (3rd - Shot Put - 34'05)
Kathryn Wilde (6th - Shot Put - 30'02)
Dallin Baires (2nd - Shot Put - 45'04)
Mikey Nash (5th - High Jump - 5'04)
Liz Jones (1st - Pole Vault - 8'06)
Sarah Calder (6th - Pole Vault - 6'06)
Ashley Sullenger (6th - Pole Vault - 6'06)
Matt Calvin (1st - Pole Vault - 13'03, 2nd Long Jump - 19'03)
Nate Welling (3rd - Long Jump - 18'07)
Ashley Taylor (6th - High Jump - 4'06)
Taylor Southwick (3rd - Pole Vault - 11'06)
Luke Shaner (4th - Pole Vault - 10'06)
Courtney Wayment (2nd - mile - 5:13, 2nd - 800 - 2:20)
Miah Weaver (6th - mile - 5:23)
Josh Ward (1st - mile - 4:27, 2nd 800 - 1:59)
Logan MacKay (2nd - mile - 4:28, 1st - 800 - 1:58)
Jordan Barnett (3rd - 60 Hurdles - 9.73)
Olivia Richards (6th - 60 Hurdles - 9.99)
Jaron Erickson (3rd - 60 Hurdles - 8.66)
Palmer Flood (4th - 60 Hurdles - 8.81)
Ally Geisler (3rd - 800m - 2:21)
Tatum Beard (6th - 800m - 2:24)
Stokton Smith (3rd - 800m - 1:59)
Aubrey Argyle (1st - 2 mile - 11:29)
Sam Hedquist (5th - 2 mile - 11:51)
Daniel Tumblin (3rd - 2 mile - 10:07)
Girls 4 x 1 lap relay - 1st - BriAnna Gipson, Ally Geisler, Josey Hedquist, Jordan Barnett
Boys 4 x 1 lap relay - 2nd - Jordan Goldsberry, Kelton Johnson, Riley Stringham, Palmer Flood
Coach Timothy - 1st in the Coaches Mile with a big PR of 4:44 - and a very strong finish to get me down the final stretch.

Beyond our top 6 performances, we had a bunch of big improvements and indoor PRs. For example, Nate Wilde (just a 9th grader) dropped 20 seconds off his mile time and nearly dipped under 5:00. Those improvements are just as fun and exciting as taking first place! The most important part of this early point in the season is to learn and gain experience and continue to get better - in addition to helping your teammates get better.
You can see the full BYU results at, the updated boys and girls performance lists at, and the Weber State results attached to this email.

Utah Indoor Championships: We have another big track meet this next weekend at the Olympic Oval in Kearns (the fastest track in the state). It is a great opportunity to compete and to set indoor PRs. You are welcome to sign up, even if you have not done the other indoor meets. I will need the attached registration form turned in by Wednesday practice (registration needs to be done by midnight on Wednesday). You will pay for your events when you show up to the Oval on Friday or Saturday ($5 per event). Friday night will have the field events (shot put, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault) and the 1600m, 400m, and 4 x 800m. See attached paper for more information.

Simplot Games: I will announce the Simplot Invitations at practice tomorrow (Monday). I will also have some information to hand out at that time. I will email out more information for parents about Simplot this week.

Shirt Order #2: If anyone would like to order one of the long sleeve DAVIS shirts that we made during indoor, I will have a sign up sheet going around this week. The cost will still be $20. The shirts should get here in mid-February. Parents are welcome to order.

Remaining Indoor Schedule
January 30-31: Utah State Indoor Championships - Olympic Oval
February 13: Utah Distance Challenge - Olympic Oval
February 19-21: Simplot Games - Pocatello, ID

Stay positive through all the ups and downs of training and competing.
- Coach Talley

Monday, January 19, 2015

Indoor Track Update - January 19

Darts -
I hope you are enjoying your small break. The indoor track season will be over before you know it - there are only 5 weeks left until the Simplot Games and the end of the season. To be honest, we were a little disappointed in attendance at practices this past week. We understand it was the last week of the term, but if you missed one or more practices this past week, we need to make a little better effort moving forward in the coming weeks. We have a core group of athletes doing a great job, but we would love to see more commitment, more purpose, and more TEAMwork as we continue through the indoor season and move into the outdoor season. Each of you need to feel like you can contribute. You will get so much more out of this if you will fully commit to doing your best each day.

Track Class: We start the track class on A-days this week (4th period). There are about 270 people in the track class, so it will be a bit chaotic to start with - stay patient with your coaches - and step up as leaders. Those of you who are not in the track class should still come and find your coach after school on A-Days to find out what the workout is (check in the small gym and on the indoor track). We will continue to meet in the cafeteria after school on B-Days for indoor practice.

Tuesday Practice (no school): We are going to meet at the school at 1:00pm at the south doors. We will either be going down to the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake or giving you a workout to do on the outdoor track at Davis. If you want to go down to the Oval, you will need to bring $2, and we will need some drivers. We will be back to Davis around 4:30. Distance runners, hurdlers, sprinters, and jumpers can all come down. If you can't attend the Oval, you should at least come to the school at 1:00 and we will give you a workout to do at the school. 

Weber State Invitational (Jan 23): On Friday (Jan 23) we will be attending the Weber State Invite with our field event athletes (shot put, pole vault, high jump, long jump). There will be no running events. We do NOT have to pre-register. The meet is at the Stromberg Gym (southeast corner of WSU campus). The cost will be $5 for the first event and $2 for any addition events. Spectators are charged $5 as well. We will hand out more info at practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
4:30 - Boys and Girls Shot Put (2 rings)
5:00 - Long Jump (girls first)
6:30 - High Jump (boys first)
7:00 - Pole Vault

BYU Invitational (Jan 24): We will be going to the BYU Indoor meet on Saturday. There will only be track events (no field events). I have attached the BYU Information. You will need to bring back the attached paper with the events you would like to run and the money ($4 per event) no later than Thursday afternoon this week. Let me know if you have any questions.

Alumni Report: Many of our alumni were in action this past weekend. Jared Ward ran at the U.S. 1/2 Marathon Championships in Houston where he finished 2nd Overall with a time of 1:01.42. Jared is training for the Olympic Trials Marathon which will be Los Angeles next February.
We also had a bunch of athletes competing in their first indoor meets of the season:
Kenzie Weir, BYU - 1st place in the 3000m at Boise State (10:09)
Shea Martinez, BYU - 7th place in the mile at Boise State (5:03)
Hannah Albrechtsen, BYU - 14th place in the mile at Boise State (5:11)
Ellie Child, Weber St - 2nd in the 3000m at Idaho State (10:03)
Taylor Cox, Weber St - 2nd in the 800m at Idaho State (2:20)
Preston Johnson, Weber St - 4th in the open 3000m at Idaho State (8:49)
Christine Van Brocklin, Utah - 7th in the 200m at Idaho State (26.81), 6th in the 60m hurdles (9.34)
Seth Gutzwiller, UVU - 5th in the 3000m at Idaho State (9:06)
Logan Petty, UVU - 5th in the open 3000m at Idaho State (8:53)
Bailey Carling, UVU - 10th in the 60m dash at Idaho State (8.23), 11th in the 200m (27.39)
Ashley Tyndall, SUU - 12th in the mile at NAU (5:34 - 7200 ft elevation), 9th in the 3000m (11:04)
Andrew Tyndall, SUU - 5th in the pole vault at NAU (13'10)

Let me know if you have any questions. It is a complicated week :)
Work hard, Love what you are doing, Contribute to the TEAM.
Coach Talley

Remaining Schedule:
Jan 23 - Weber State Invite (Field Events)
Jan 24 - BYU Invite (Track Events)
Jan 30-31 - Utah State Championships (Olympic Oval)
Feb 13 - Utah Distance Challenge (Olympic Oval)
Feb 19-21 - Simplot Games (Pocatello, ID)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Indoor Update - January 11

Darts -
It was fun to get the indoor season started on Saturday at the Utah State Invitational. We had nearly 100 athletes who competed in Logan, and we had a lot of strong opening marks. I think it gives us a great benchmark to work from. Probably the thing I liked the most is that we were competing with positive attitudes and I saw a lot of toughness. I can see that we have a TEAM of fighters who are willing to push themselves and who want to get faster and stronger. Some of you may not have had the greatest start (you might have hoped for better), but we have character and we are tough and we are going to keep working hard to improve as individuals and as a TEAM. Keep in mind that this was just the beginning. Stay determined to get better and to learn something from each track meet.
I have attached the full results for the meet and I will be putting the TEAM performance list on the web site ( I will also be updating the Davis All-Time lists on the web site as the season progresses.
We did have some very solid highlights: Dallin Baires won the weight throw and was 2nd in the shot put; Eli Beard finished 6th in the weight throw in his first high school meet; Kathryn Wilde was also 6th in the weight throw; Matt Calvin was 3rd in the pole vault with 12'06 and 3rd in the long jump with 20'06 - making the Davis all-time list in both events; Nate Welling also jumped 20'06 and finished 4th; Nate Allred won the high jump by 6 inches with a jump of 6'06 - only 1 inch away from the indoor school record; Liz Jones finished 3rd in the pole vault with 8'00; Aubrey Argyle led a deep group of girls in the mile - Aubrey was 3rd in 5:17, Courtney Wayment was 4th in 5:18, Ally Geisler was 5th in 5:20, and Miah Weaver was 7th in 5:23; Logan MacKay and Stokton Smith finished 3-4 in the boys mile - both running 4:28, a great start for the first meet and for the USU track; Jordan Barnett and Megan Rowe both made finals in the hurdles and finished 2nd and 6th - both with marks that made the all-time list; we had 4 boys make the hurdle finals: Palmer Flood, Jaron Erickson, McGyver Clark, and Taylor Southwick - Palmer ran 8.64 which is Davis #5 all-time and Jaron ran 8.81 for Davis #7 all-time; Jordan Goldsberry and Jacob Moffet made finals in the 60m dash and finished 4th and 7th; BriAnna Gipson led a group of 4 Davis girls who ran under 8.50 in the 60m dash; Kelton Johnson was our top finisher in the boys 400m with 3rd place - Palmer Flood finished 4th; Ruby Jane Matthewson was our top girl in the 400m with a 5th place finish - Jordan Barnett was 5th and Megan Rowe was 7th; we came back strong in the girls 800m with Courtney in 2nd, Ally in 3rd, Miah in 4th, Josey Hedquist in 5th, Aubrey in 6th, and Sam Hedquist in 7th; and Frasier Williamson finished 3rd in the boys 800m. We also had some great 4 x 200m relay performances. The splits were fast - and our boys A Team (Jordan, Jacob, Luis, and Riley) finished 2nd and our B Team finished 3rd. The girls 4 x 200 team also finished 3rd (Elise, Ashley, BriAnna, and Olivia).
Beyond those highlights, there were quite a few PRs and a lot of killer starting performances. I was even proud of those who scratched attempts, didn't have great starts, or fell in their hurdle races - because in each case, we stayed positive, didn't give up, and got up and finished if we fell. Plus we showed a lot of UNITY - it was nice to see you watching each other, cheering for each other, and even those who were injured or not quite ready for the meet still came and contributed to the TEAM atmosphere. At this point, I am much more concerned with your character, attitude, and TEAMwork than I am with setting records. It was a fun meet, and this is going to be a fun season. Keep up the good work!

Beasts of the Week: Nate Allred, Jordan Goldsberry, Nate Welling, Jordan Barnett, Megan Rowe, Ruby Jane Matthewson

This Week: Without a meet this weekend, it is a great week to work hard and focus on the future. Show up each day in the cafeteria at 2:45 with a positive attitude and a determination to be your best! Let's get after it.

Upcoming Schedule:
Jan 23 - Weber State Invitational (Field Events)
Jan 24 - BYU Invitational (Track Events)
Jan 30-31 - Utah Indoor Championships (Kearns)
Feb 13 - Utah Distance Challenge (Kearns)
Feb 19-21 - Simplot Games (Pocatello, ID)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Indoor Update - January 4

Darts -
Back to school and back to work tomorrow. I hope you have enjoyed the past two weeks and I hope you made some solid New Year's Resolutions. I know the breaks always go too fast, but we have a lot of great things to look forward to in the next 7 weeks of indoor track. I am a little afraid to ask about your activity/workouts during the break - I am sure that many of you did a good job staying in shape (great job if you did), but I am also sure that some of you took a step or two back. Don't stress that too much - we will get back to the grind this week and continue to build strength and speed throughout the indoor season. I don't expect anyone to be completely ready for our first meet this Saturday (Utah State), but I do expect you all to come to the meet and do your best.
The next 2 weeks of training will be very crucial to the remainder of the indoor season. We are going to be working very hard and really getting after it in practice. Be there!! We will meet every day at 2:45 in the cafeteria. If there are any of you who did not show up before the break, it is not too late to start this week! You just have to make the commitment and start coming. The work we do now will really benefit us when we get to the outdoor season.

2014 Year in Review: 2014 was a very solid year for Davis Track and Cross Country. No doubt we had our challenges, but we also saw so many success stories over the past year. Both the boys and the girls were the Utah Indoor State Champions. We had one of our best showings and largest TEAMs ever at the Simplot Games. Trevor Leavitt set the indoor school records in the 200m and the 400m. And we had all-time top 5 indoor marks from Taylor Cox in the 400m (4th), 800m (2nd), and 1600m (3rd); Aubrey Argyle in the 3200 (2nd); Kenzie Weir in the 3200 (5th); Andrew Tyndall in the pole vault (4th) and the triple jump (2nd); Carson Hunt in the 60m (4th); and Logan MacKay in the 800m (4th).
We continued our strength in outdoor track. Both the girls and the boys were Davis District Champions, BYU Invite Champions, and Region Champions. Things may not have fallen our way at the state meet (2nd for the girls and 7th for the boys), but we showed a lot of character, fight, and unity in everything we did. And our young athletes gained some valuable experience. Here are some of our top individual marks from outdoor track: Trevor Leavitt - 47.00 in the 400m for the school and state record; Trevor Leavitt - 21.58 in the 200m dash for a new school record; Andrew Tyndall - 14'11.50 in the pole vault and also state champion in the pole vault; Nate Allred - 6'05 in the high jump and 2nd at state; Palmer Flood - 39.09 in the 300m hurdles and 6th at state; Logan MacKay - 1:55.59 and 4th at state in the 800m; Josh Ward - 9:14.50 in the 3200m at Arcadia; Paige Erickson - 10'00 and 2nd at state in the pole vault (Davis #3 all-time); Kendall Sargent - 121'06 and 2nd at state in the javelin; Jordan Barnett and Megan Rowe - ran 45.25 and 45.47 their first year hurdling for 3rd and 4th at state; Melanie Sullivan - 400m in 57.33 for 2nd at state (Davis #2 all-time); Taylor Cox - 2:12.55 in the 800m for 2nd at state and 4:52.92 in the 1600m at Arcadia; and Aubrey Argyle- 3200m in 10:49.85 at Arcadia and 3rd at state, leading a killer group of freshman girls (Aubrey, Ally Geisler, and Miah Weaver). We had a number of athletes sign for or go on to compete at NCAA Division 1 Schools - Trevor Leavitt (BYU), Andrew Tyndall (SUU), Taylor Cox (Weber State), Kendall Sargent (BYU), Kenzie Weir (BYU), Hannah Albrechtsen (BYU), Ashley Tyndall (SUU), Sierra Graham (USU), Hailee Carattini (USU), and Rachel Anderson (USU).
Our cross country season this past fall was one of our most successful seasons on a national level. Our girls team did a stellar job replacing 6 seniors who graduated in the spring. The girls won the Highland Invite, the BYU Invite, the USU Invite, the Bob Firman Invite, the District and Region Championships, and finished a close 2nd at the state championships behind American Fork. The girls kept working hard and finished 3rd at the Nike Southwest Regional and earned a spot at the Nike Nationals where they finished 15th. It is a young group who we are sure to see great things from in the next 2 years. Aubrey Argyle was 2nd at state and ran the fastest time ever for a Davis girl, and Ally Geisler finished 3rd at state. The boys were arguably the 2nd best team in school history. The boys won the BYU Invite, the USU Invite, the Bob Firman Invite (in a team time record), the District and Region Championships, and also finished 2nd to American Fork at the state meet. We nearly pulled off the upset at the Southwest Regional meet, finishing 2nd to American Fork by only 3 points. The boys went on to finish 6th at the Nike Nationals - our 2nd highest finish ever. Stokton Smith (5th) and Logan MacKay (8th) were all-state; and Josh Ward was our top finisher at Nike Nationals.
As I look back at the year, I am very proud of all that we have accomplished. Both the track and cross country teams were full of energy, commitment, and teamwork. We had so many athletes who were willing to work hard and make our program great. As we move forward with 2015, I hope that each of you will make the commitment to do your best and to contribute to another successful year. We have some high potential and some high expectations for this TEAM. I am excited to see your growth and progress as the year goes on. I am excited to see who will step up and be the biggest surprises of this next year. I am positive that we will face challenges again in 2015, but I am excited to see how we respond to those challenges - hopefully with strength, determination, and unity. This is a great TEAM to be a part of, and I hope that each of you will realize how special it is to represent Davis High in all we do.

Important Items:
USU Invite: The Utah State Invitational (Logan) is on Saturday, January 10th. Again, I know that some of you will be scared or feel "not ready", but the first meet is just a chance to get a starting point. No Fear - just excitement and a determination to do your best. If things don't go great, well - it's not the state championships - we have many chances to try again :) I will hand out more information on Tuesday at practice. We will be taking one bus, but you can also drive up independently.

Long Sleeve Quarter Zip Shirts: If you ordered a shirt, you can pay in the main office (or online) starting on Wednesday (the fees won't be entered until then). The cost is $20. The shirts should be here around January 15th. You will not receive the shirt if you have not paid the fee.

Indoor Track Fee: If you did not pay before the break, please pay $25 in the office this week. Thanks!

Simplot Games: We will be posting the invite list to the Simplot Games after the BYU Invitational (January 24th). The invites will be based on performance at the first 2 indoor meets, attendance at practice, and seniority on the team.

Indoor Schedule (
January 10 - USU Invite
January 23 - Weber State Invite (Field Events - Throws, Jumps, Pole Vault)
January 24 - BYU Invite (Track Events)
January 30-31 - Utah Indoor Championships @ the Olympic Oval in Kearns
January 13 - Utah Distance Challenge @ Olympic Oval (400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m)
January 19-21 - Simplot Games (Pocatello, ID)

Thanks & see you tomorrow -
Coach Talley

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