Sunday, February 22, 2015

Indoor Update - Simplot Games


Simlot Summary -
The Simplot Games were a great finish to a very strong indoor track season. It feels nearly impossible to try to describe the excitement, teamwork, and emotions of this past weekend.  We were certainly proud of the efforts that each of you gave. Thank you for being such a great group - well behaved, energetic, and definitely entertaining on the track. I would argue with anyone that we were the best program there - and not just in how well we performed - but in the quality of people that we have on our TEAM. I am sure grateful for all of your hard work and sacrifices that make our program what it is. I want to especially thank our seniors who have put so much into this TEAM for the past 3-4 years.

Simplot only happened because a lot of people were willing to get involved. I am so grateful for such supportive parents who were willing to help so much with this trip. I am also grateful for the best coaching staff in the world - amazing people who give time and energy away from families - all because of their love for you and for the sport. We are so lucky to have Shawna Cox, Ben Jacobsen, Ashlee Cannon, Jeff Agnello, Tony Hill, Justin Beard, Paul Timothy, and Brad Anderson helping us out every day (in addition to a few others who will be helping with outdoor). Make sure to show your appreciation for them in any way you can.

It was a weekend full of highlights. First of all, we were once again the biggest and definitely the loudest TEAM at the meet. We set a new TEAM record with 111 athletes competing in the meet. We had 19 individuals make finals in their events. We had a record total of 35 relay teams. 14 of our relay teams competed in the finals on Saturday (tying the team record). We had relay teams in all 8 finals - and we had relay teams finish in the top 6 (making the podium) in 7 of the 8 relays - something no team has ever done. There were 2 relays where we had 2 teams on the podium (girls and boys 4 x 800). We brought home 40 Simplot medals for top 6 finishes - more than we ever have before (the old record was 32). We had 2 new school records - Aubrey Argyle in the 3200m, and the boys medley relay of Palmer Flood, Jacob Moffett, Jaron Erickson, and Josh Ward (3:34.47) who missed the indoor state record by only .06 seconds. We had 2 relay teams who won the gold - the girls medley (Jordan Barnett, Elise Berning, Brittney Rounkles, and Josey Hedquist) and the boys 4 x 800 relay (Colter Blanchard, Josh Ward, Stokton Smith, and Logan MacKay).

You were lucky on Saturday if you got to witness it in person. There were so many great moments. Some of the most memorable: Josh Ward running for the win in the morning 1600 with 4:19 (ending up in 5th overall); the girls 4 x 800 holding off American Fork for 2nd place; the boys 4 x 800 "cruising" for the victory for the 2nd year in a row (with the same 4 boys); Josey Hedquist running a killer anchor leg of 2:18 and holding off the California all-star team for the victory in the girls medley (so much fight in her over that final 100m); Nate Allred clearing 6'05 and making the podium right after the girls medley win; Josh Ward running gutsy in his 3rd race of the day and making an awesome move with 250m to go in the medley relay, securing 2nd place and a school record (1:55.9 split); Matt Calvin clearing 14'00 not long after the boys medley; Ty Hinds with the nastiest inside pass off the first turn in the anchor leg of the boys 4 x 200m - going by 2 teams in a split second and getting us on the podium. Logan MacKay coming back in his 2nd 800 of the day to run a PR 1:54.37 for 3rd place and a Davis #2 all-time mark (fastest ever from a Davis athlete at Simplot); Aubrey running patient and tough in the 3200 for the school record of 10:55 (beating the old school record by only 1 second); Jordan Barnett anchoring our girls 4 x 400 and running the 2nd place team down over the final 200m; and the boys 4 x 400 relay putting us on the podium to end the meet. And it is also always a highlight for me to get the opportunity to race in front of my TEAM - not because I like to show off or anything - but honestly because I love the energy I feel from your cheers and your encouragement and your support. It is invigorating and inspiring. I am not as fast as I ran - it only happened because your energy made my feet swift, my legs light, my thoughts positive, and my heart strong. In addition to those Saturday highlights, I was constantly impressed by what I saw from each of you: A TEAM full of athletes giving their all, caring about one another, cheering for one another, going after personal bests, inspiring each other, inspiring other teams and athletes, and being CHAMPIONS in every way. I could not be more proud of this group.

All that being said, we also had our challenges at the meet - and I was just as pleased with how we handled the tough times. It is not very easy to stay positive through injuries, illnesses, fatigue, and bad days - but we did a good job staying united and stepping up in places to help our teammates out. If you have an injury, stay patient - your time will come. If you were not happy with your performance, if you were disappointed in your effort or your ability - my main advice is to stay positive and keep working. The next month is all about preparation. We are going to get back to work and really focus on getting ready for later opportunities to prove ourselves as individuals and as a TEAM. Keep your head up, look to the future, work hard, put a lot of heart and desire into what you are doing, and at the end of it all, you will be satisfied with yourself. If it is hard at this point, DON'T GIVE UP!

Lastly, I wanted to recognize a few of the work horses - people who ran in 4 or more races over the 3 day period. We had a lot of people really step up, and fight through pain to make our TEAM stonger (the ones in bold ran 5 races) - Josh Ward, Colter Blanchard, Ally Geisler, Tatum Beard, Josey Hedquist, Jordan Goldsberry, Riley Stringham, Jacob Moffett, BriAnna Gipson, Brittney Rounkles, Olivia Richards, Elise Berning, Keslee Stephenson, Kenzie Sagers, McGyver Clark, Jaron Erickson, Megan Rowe, Rachel Clouse, Ruby Jane Matthewson, Tiahna Cipriano, Anna Ferrell, and Dallin Larsen. And Palmer Flood ran the most of all with 6 races - 2 hurdle races and 4 400s. Sorry if I missed someone on this list.

Other Important Items:
Shoe/Spike Night at Striders - Wednesday (2/25) from 5-7pm at the Layton store on Hill Field Road. 15% off training shoes and 20% off spikes for Davis athletes and families. There are also some clearance shoes and spikes already marked at 40% off. It is a great night to check out Striders if you have not been there before. (The basketball playoff game starts at 7:10 in Ogden that night - so show up early).

MacFarland, USA - For anyone interested, we are having a TEAM movie night at Farmington Station on Thursday (2/26). The movie is a true story about a cross country team from California. The show time is 7:00pm. Show up early so we can buy tickets in the same general area. You will have to buy your own tickets and any concessions you would like. Ticket costs are $9.00 per person.

Outdoor Track Meeting - Will be after school this Thursday (2/26) - we will plan on meeting at 2:30 in the large gym. If it is not available, we will meet in the small gym. All those in the track class should attend. We will have a relatively short meeting, hand out some information, and then we will have our first official outdoor practice. Bring warm clothes, it might be cold this week. Please spread the word to anyone you know who is interested in outdoor track.

Eligibility - All of your eligibility requirements for outdoor track are due by Wednesday, March 4th. I sent out an email not too long ago. I am going to send that email out again tonight. Please let me know if you have any questions. You will need to fulfill all of the requirements in order to participate in outdoor track.

Simplot Results (full results can be found at
Boys Results
60m Hurdles
Jaron Erickson - 8.59 (12th) #2 from Utah
Palmer Flood - 8.82 (16th) #3 from Utah
McGyver Clark - 9.20 (39th) PR
Ben Godfrey - 9.22 (40th) PR
Taylor Southwick - 9.28 (44th) PR
Tyler Seeley - 9.57 (51st) PR

60m Dash
Ty Hinds - 7.38 (29th) #3 from Utah
Jacob Moffett - 7.51 (44th) - #7 from Utah
Matt Calvin - 7.61 (52nd) PR

200m Dash
Jordan Goldsberry - 23.62 (27th) #6 from Utah
Riley Stringham - 24.72 (59th)
Luis Merida - 25.77 (100th) PR
Josh Gardner - 25.86 (102nd)
Logan Baird - 27.02 (128th)

400m Dash
Cade Hyde - 55.81 (64th) PR
Eduardo Castillo - 57.04 (81st)

800m Run
Logan MacKay - 1:54.37 (3rd) PR; Davis #2 All Time; Utah #8 All-Time
Dallin Larsen - 2:01.96 (15th) PR; Davis #17 All Time
Adam Aposhian - 2:09.01 (47th)
Jason Lang - 2:10.13 (51st)
Jackson Rayl - 2:12.98 (59th)
Colton Rimann - 2:15.95 (68th)
Ethan Anderson - 2:16.01 (69th)
Kelton Johnson - 2:17.77 (76th)

1600m Run
Josh Ward - 4:19.68 (5th)
Stokton Smith - 4:24.27 (10th)
Colter Blanchard - 4:39/4:31 in trials (32nd)
Frasier Williamson - 4:36.52 (38th)
Daniel Tumblin - 4:40.34 (61st)
Zach Wilde - 4:41.20 (63rd) PR
Solomon Twitchell - 4:46.92 (81st) PR
Mitch Perry - 4:47.53 (83rd)
Brandon Peters - 4:48.45 (88th) PR
Josh Peters - 4:50.54 (101st) PR
Matt Ward - 4:52.41 (106th)
McKay Treadwell - 4:53.44 (110th)
Seth Stromberg - 4:53.97 (113th) - #4 Freshman
Josh Christiansen - 4:54.43 (117th)
Nate Wilde - 4:59.21 (142nd) #12 Freshman
Ethan Anderson - 5:00.82 (148th) PR; #13 Freshman
Jacob Vaughan - 5:04.92 (169th)
Adam Hedquist - 5:05.78 (174th)
Devin Jaster - 5:07.07 (176th) PR
Dallin Kitchn - 5:12.14 (202nd)
Kalvin Stinger - 5:13.12 (209th) PR
Branson Petty - 5:14.04 (214th)
Jace Callor - 5:19.46 (237th)
Carson Cox - 5:21.65 (244th)
Jason Boyd - 5:22.34 (246th)
Landon Wheeler - 5:40.30 (277th)
Isaak Hugh - 5:45.04 (282nd)

3200m Run
Camren Todd - 9:41.88 (7th)
Bryce Ferguson - 9:47.41 (10th) PR
Colton Rimann - 9:57.16 (16th)
Britton Porter - 10:22.67 (34th)
Daniel Harris - 10:50.49 (63rd)
Nate Hales - 10:55.47 (65th)
Zach Moncur - 11:08.51 (69th)

High Jump
Nate Allred - 6'05 (6th) - Top jumper from Utah

Shot Put
Dallin Baires - 47'10.50 (13th) - #2 from Utah

Pole Vault
Matt Calvin - 14'00 (9th) PR; Davis #5 All Time (tying Coach Agnello)

4 x 200m Relay
A - 1:33.06 (6th) - Jordan, Riley, Jacob, Ty; Davis #2 All-Time, Utah #9 All Time; Only Utah team to make finals
B - 1:39.62 (25th) - Josh, Cade, Luis, Taylor

4 x 400m Relay
A - 3:31.12 (6th) - Jordan, Riley, McGyver, Palmer (Jaron and Kelton in trials); Season Best; Top Utah Team
E - 3:53.28 (26th) - Solomon, Brandon, Tyler, Zach
B - 4:04.11 (35th) - Josh, McKay, Jason, Daniel
C - 4:04.73 (38th) - Seth, Adam, Nate, Jacob
D - 4:07.36 (40th) - Matt, Britton, Josh, Zach

4 x 800m Relay
A - 7:57.53 (1st) - Colter, Josh, Stokton, Logan - Currently #3 Team in the U.S.
B - 8:26.54 (6th) - Frasier, Adam, Jason, Dallin
C - 8:37.54 (8th) - Solomon, Kelton, Jackson, Danny

Medley Relay
A - 3:34.47 (2nd) - Palmer, Jacob, Jaron, Josh (Colter in the trials) - SCHOOL RECORD; Utah #2 All-Time
B - 3:50.15 (18th) - McGyver, Cade, Josh, Dallin
C - 4:01.43 (35th) - Adam, Luis, Eduardo, Matt
D - 4:04.18 (39th) - Zach, Logan, Ben, Mitch
E - 4:04.70 (41st) - Danny, Jason, Harrison, Josh
F - 4:11.98 (48th) - McKay, Tyler, Nate, Seth

Girls Results
60m Hurdles
Jordan Barnett - 9.61 (27th) PR; Davis #8 All Time; #3 from Utah
Megan Rowe - 9.77 (35th) PR; Davis #10 All Time; #5 from Utah
Olivia Richards - 10.11 (49th)
Emma Thatcher - 11.14 (84th)
Kinlee Dimond - 12.66 (89th)

200m Dash
Brittney Rounkles - 26.92 (21st) PR; Davis #10 All Time; #4 from Utah
Elise Berning - 26.97 (22nd); #5 from Utah
Kenzie Sagers - 28.67 (67th); PR
Elly Ferguson - 29.58 (88th)
Claire Sorenson - 30.56 (105th)

400m Dash
Melanie Sullivan - 1:01.36 (21st) #2 from Utah
BriAnna Gipson - 1:02.12 (27th) #3 from Utah
Ruby Jane Matthewson - 1:03.36 (35th) #6 from Utah
Keslee Stephenson - 1:05.11 (48th)
Susie Eames - 1:05.87 (57th)
Emily Berry - 1:17.33 (93rd)

800m Run
Tiahna Cipriano - 2:26.48 (19th); 2:25.41 in trials - PR; Davis #16 All Time; #4 from Utah
Anna Ferrell - 2:32.77 (39th) PR
Emmaline Huntzinger - 2:40.16 (65th)
Taylor Woods - 2:40.47 (66th)
Rachel Clouse - 2:42.62 (75th)
Sarah Waddoups - 2:46.16 (85th)
Malaree Wood - 2:47.05 (88th)
Emma Call - 2:52.17 (95th)
Krystal Wood - 2:52.74 (97th)
Maddie Meyers - 3:12.18 (109th)

1600m Run
Ally Geisler - 5:13.87 (12th)
Courtney Wayment - 5:15.36 (16th)
Tatum Beard - 5:16.33 (18th) PR; Davis #10 All Time
Miah Weaver - 5:22.24 (26th)
Josey Hedquist - 5:27.23 (40th)
Grace Neuenschwander - 5:36.35 (61st) PR
Sydney Zaugg - 5:48.76 (79th)
Rachel Johnson - 5:50.95 (82nd) PR
Sydnee Rayl - 5:52.20 (88th)
Kaitlyn Datwyler - 5:59.81 (107th)
Ally Smith - 5:59.78 (110th)
Madeline English - 6:04.30 (125th)
Alex Tanner - 6:05.09 (130th)
Sarah Waddoups - 6:05.09 (130th)
Sarah Ferrell - 6:06.00 (133rd)
Jenna Connell - 6:06.14 (134th)
Krystal Wood - 6:13.55 (146th)
Kate Stuart - 6:19.58 (156th)
Taylor Davis - 6:27.03 (169th)
Nicole Wood - 6:27.77 (172nd)

3200m Run
Aubrey Argyle - 10:55.60 (3rd) PR; SCHOOL RECORD; Utah #8 All Time; #1 from Utah
Sam Hedquist - 11:43.61 (10th)

Weight Throw
Kylee Edwards - 31'05.25 (19th) Davis #6 All Time
Kathryn Wilde - near 30 feet on her qualifying attempts

Shot Put
Kylee Edwards and Kathryn Wilde both had some strong attempts at the qualifying mark.

Long Jump/High Jump
Ashley Taylor had great jumps at both marks; close to 15'00 in the long jump

4 x 200m Relay
A - 1:47.83 (10th) - BriAnna, Brittney, Olivia, Elise - Davis #4 All Time; Utah #6 All Time
B - 1:55.37 (28th) - Susie, Kenzie, Claire, Ashley H
C - 2:09.20 (45th) - Kathryn, Ashley T, Kinlee, Emily

4 x 400m Relay
A - 4:05.22 (2nd) - Elise, Megan, Ally, Jordan (BriAnna and Melanie in trials); Davis #4 All Time; Utah #12 All Time
B - 4:14.50 (7th) - Kenzie, Keslee, Rachel, Ruby Jane; Fastest 'B' team in school history
C - 4:37.53 (17th) - Elly, Jenna, Emma, Sarah
D - 4:39.71 (19th) - Malaree, Madeline, Kate, Ally (owe me cookies)
E - 4:47.51 (20th) - Rachel, Alex, Kaitlyn, Nicole (owe me and Coach T cookies)
F - 5:02.07 (23rd) - Emma, Krystal, Taylor, Maddie

4 x 800m Relay
A - 9:32.71 (2nd) - Tatum, Miah, Josey, Ally
B - 9:59.08 (6th) - Sam, Grace, Tiahna, Courtney
C - 10:33.74 (11th) - Anna, Rachel, Taylor, Sydnee

Medley Relay
A - 4:11.19 (1st) - Jordan, Brittney, Elise, Josey; Davis #4 All Time; Utah #8 All Time
B - 4:21.94 (7th) - Megan, Olivia, Kenzie, Tatum (Melanie in trials) #2 team from Utah (behind our A Team)
C - 4:38.48 (24th) - Taylor, Elly, Susie, Tiahna
D - 4:41.97 (29th) - Emmaline, Ruby Jane, Keslee, Sydnee R
E - 4:42.66 (31st) - Anna, Kenzie, Kimberlin, Sydney Z
G - 4:59.15 (46th) - Rachel, Kaitlyn, Alex, Nicole
F - 5:01.02 (47th) - Jenna, Emma, Claire, Sarah

Coaches 1600m
Coach Talley - 4:35.14 (3rd)
Coach Timothy - 4:41.49 (6th) PR
Stefanie Talley - 5:41.29 (3rd)


Anonymous said...

You coach to make yourself look good and get attention. The kids, their improvements, their feelings, their wants are all non-important to you, unless you as the coach are getting credit for the success or for the win. You proved that when you were the sole protestor to DQ another 4x800 team out of spite, you had already won but chose to be a prick because of an unknown rule to them. Karma will come back obviously keeps in full circle around such a prick like you, ie getting passed up for the weber coaching job you wanted.

Talley said...

Dan Ward -
The officials disqualified that team prior to any protests made by any coaches. Don't blame me for a coach that didn't know the rules that have existed at Simplot for as long as I can remember. They refer to that rule and others in the coaches meeting every year (including this year). There is a purpose for the rule, and there are consequences for breaking any rule - just like there are in every sport.
For your information, I did not file any protest. You may ask the meet director. The head official who talked to me told me that they knew exactly what was going on and what rule had been violated. They are not fools - it was pretty obvious when 3 girls from the same school pulled out of an event. The honest effort rule has existed in track and field for a very long time.
I find it interesting that you are making a bunch of assumptions about me, and you don't know me at all. You are the second American Fork parent/fan to use foul language and call me names - in front of my team and now on a high school cross country web site. What does your post say about you?
You can blame me as much as you like, but it doesn't change the fact that I had no part in the disqualification. Of course I noticed the rule violation as I am sure other coaches did as well. I have no spite for any of the girls on the American Fork team.
Lastly, my kids, their feelings, their wants are all very high on my list - ask any of my kids and their parents who actually know me.

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