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).
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.
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
Indoor Schedule (http://www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com/p/2014-schedule.html:
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 -
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