We are down to the final week of the indoor track season.
The weather has been so nice, that it hasn't had the same "winter" track
feel to it - and I am really hoping that the spring gives us some great
weather as well.
I like to think of the Simplot Games as the
championship for our indoor season. I hope that you are looking forward
to your races and events this weekend with excitement and determination
to have your very best performance of the year (so far). You can do a
lot this week to prepare both physically and mentally. Make sure that
you are getting the rest you need, eating/fueling well, and staying
hydrated. Spend a little extra time stretching after workout this week.
Think about what you would like to accomplish, and how you are going to
accomplish it. Be very positive all week long - in your workouts, at
school, at home, etc. Plan on having fun, doing your best, and competing
for your TEAM. It has been an outstanding indoor track season, let's
finish with our best meet yet and move on to a strong outdoor season.
Utah Distance Challenge:
I want to start by thanking the tons of people who helped with the meet
on Friday night: Jill Hedquist, Josey Hedquist, Coach T, Amber
Anderson, and Jessica Paget in the timing and results booth; Brad, Tony
Peters, Seth Geisler, Cory Ferguson, Kenny Rayl, Mike Smith, Troy
Williamson, Mark MacKay, Janice Johnson, and Devin Lang at the finish
line. Shawna and Ben at the starting line; Amber Berry and the other
athletes at the chocolate milk station; the Woods at the sticker table;
and Jenn Beard and the Tanners at the front table. Sorry if I missed
anyone - we had so many people jump in and help and I really appreciate
all the support.
There were also some very solid races. It is good to
see the continued improvement, the PRs, and the season bests. I like
the effort I am seeing out of this group. You can see the full results
at www.utahdistancechallenge.blogspot.com (they are also attached to this email).
had some great highlights: Melanie Sullivan finished 3rd in the 400m
with 1:00.90 - it was her first race of the season because of an early
January hamstring injury ("Behind every setback - or injury - is a great
comeback story"). Ally Geisler finished 3rd in the 800m with a PR of
2:18. Tatum Beard was 4th in the 800m with 2:19 - also a PR. BriAnna
Gipson ran a very strong first 800m with 2:29. Aubrey Argyle beat her
1600m PR by 6 seconds to place 2nd in 5:03. We also had big PRs in the
girls mile from Sarah Waddoups, Sydney Zaugg, and Krystal Wood.
the boys, Colter Blanchard and Camren Todd led the way in the 1600 -
both running PRs of 4:27. Bryce Ferguson wasn't far behind with 4:30. We
had big improvements from Jackson Rayl, Brigham Halverson, Josh Peters,
Tyson Datwyler, Dallin Kitchen, Landon Wheeler, Jake Miller, and Tanner
Bilton. We now have a TEAM record 27 boys under 5:00 for the indoor
season (might be the most in the U.S. at this point). Our boys finished
1-2-4 in the 3200m as well. Josh Ward won the race in 9:42, Logan MacKay
was 2nd in a PR 9:43, Stokton Smith was 4th in 9:49. We had other
strong 3200 performances from Daniel Tumblin (narrowly missing sub 10),
Matt Ward, and Josh Christianson.
- Senior meeting in my classroom at 3:00pm (after 4th period practice) -
ALL seniors who are doing outdoor track are invited. We are going to
discuss TEAM t-shirts, warmups, and other things.
Wednesday, 2/18 -Mandatory
Simplot meeting in my classroom at 2:30 (after school). We will be
going over the rooming list, rides, rules, and
other important information. 9th graders can come to my classroom when
you get over to the school. We will be practicing after the meeting -
also a mandatory practice (handoffs, starts, etc).
Thursday-Saturday, 2/19-2/21: Simplot Games - No Friday practice.
Wednesday, 2/25 - TEAM night at Striders in Layton - 5:00-7:00pm. They will be offering special discounts on shoes and spikes. More details to come.
Thursday, 2/26 - Outdoor Track Meeting at 2:30 in the BIG GYM. We will have our first practice afterward.
- TEAM Movie Night - Anyone who would like to come is invited to meet
at the theater and watch "MacFarland" (the cross country team movie with
Kevin Costner). You will have to pay for your own movie - I just
thought it would be cool to watch it together. Not sure which theater
and what time yet - more information to come.
Thursday, 3/5 - Outdoor Track Eligibility Due (see previous eligibility email)
know that is a lot of information. Please share this email with your
parents if they are not on my email list, and let me know if you have