Sunday, February 15, 2015

Indoor Track Update - 2/15

Darts -
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).
We 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.
For 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.

Coming Up:
Tuesday, 2/17 - 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.
Thursday, 2/26 - 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)

I 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 any questions.
Thanks!
Coach Talley