That break sure went by fast. Try to enjoy it as much as you can for one final day, and then we are back to the grind on Tuesday. I hope that you are rested, but also fired up and ready to get back at it. I always love the new year. Not that I didn't like the previous year (2016 was great), I just love the opportunity to re-commit, re-focus, set some goals, and try to be a little better than I was before. I hope that those of you on this TEAM have high hopes for 2017! It has the potential to be an amazing year. Sure, it will have ups and downs for all of us, but let's face them with desire, humility, and hope in all aspects of life. Be the best YOU you can be.
If you are a bit out of shape from the break, no worries! Let's put in some good work (and consistency) over the next few weeks & months and get ourselves ready for an awesome track season. 2017 is a year of NO EXCUSES and NO FEAR, and a year of believing in yourself.
BYU Invite - Our first Indoor Track Meet is the BYU Invite this coming Friday and Saturday (January 6-7). It is an earlier start than we are used to, but it is going to be a lot of FUN. The field events are on Friday Night (Shot Put, Weight Throw, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault) and the track races are all on Saturday. We would like EVERYONE who can to attend the meet. I know that you probably don't feel "ready" to compete, but this meet really is PRACTICE. It is a great opportunity to see where you are to begin with, to gain some experience, and to get to know your teammates better. This is where we start to build a TEAM. Don't make excuses - just come and compete and learn. And don't feel too nervous or stressed because EVERYONE in the meet is just getting started. No one is really "ready" when it comes to this time of year. You are invited to this meet, even if you didn't do any of the practices we had before the break.
NEW this year - If you are going to compete at the BYU Invite, you will need to get yourself registered online by Thursday at 8pm. Here is a link to the registration - http://www.runnercard.com/e/runner.Main?meet=1000938 - The cost is $4 per event plus a transaction fee. Do NOT register for the relay (we will take care of that). Make sure to put "Davis" as your school.
If you are not sure what events to do, talk to your event coach at practice this week. Our main suggestions: Distance Runners (mile and 800); Sprinters (60m, 400m, and 200m); Hurdlers (60m Hurdles, 400m, 200m); Jumpers (Long Jump, High Jump, and/or Pole Vault + a sprint race on Saturday if desired); Throwers (Shot Put and Weight if you have done it in practice).
We will be taking a bus down to the meet on Saturday (but many will need to find their own transportation). We will carpool down on Friday for the field events.
Please let me know if you or your parents have any questions about the BYU Meet. You can call me tomorrow or later in the week at 801-580-8713. The exact schedule and more detailed information is attached to this email.
Racing Tops - If you are interested in buying a racing top for the indoor season, you will need to sign up at one of the practices this week. We will be submitting the order after Thursday's practice. The tops will be black, and will say 'Davis Track & Field' in Vegas Gold. The cost is $26. You will not be able to pay until it is entered on to myDSD after Thursday. You do NOT need to race in the tops we are ordering - we do not have an official uniform during Indoor Track. If you DO order one of the tops, you will be able to use it at a few of the meets during outdoor.
Spikes - If you do not yet have spikes for track, it would be very beneficial to find some you can use for competition. The spikes are specific to event (sprint/hurdle, distance - jumpers can use jump spikes or sprint spikes). You can find good spikes online at eastbay.com or runningwarehouse.com, you can also find good spikes at Wasatch Running Center in Centerville, and occasionally you can get some killer deals at Ross. While spikes are not mandatory to compete in, they will greatly improve your performance.
Indoor Track Fee - If you did not pay in the office before the break, please pay $25 this week. It should go into the "Indoor Track" Budget (checks made out to 'Davis High')
Simplot - Simplot this year is on February 16-18. The cost will be about $135. We will be taking between 90-100 athletes. The invites will be based on the following: 1) commitment (attendance and attitude); 2) Performance at the BYU Invite and Weber State Invite; 3) Seniority on the TEAM. We will send out more information in a few weeks.
Monday - Do some type of workout or running on your own.
Tuesday - 2:45 in the Cafeteria
Wednesday - 2:45 in the Cafeteria
Thursday - 2:45 in the Cafeteria
Friday - Distance Runners - 2:45 in my classroom; Sprinters/Hurdlers - 2:45 on the indoor track (for blocks - bring spikes); Field Events - BYU Invitational
Saturday - BYU Invitational
Thanks! Happy New Year! Enjoy your final day of the break. See you on Tuesday at 2:45.
- Coach Talley
2017 Indoor Track Schedule:
January 6-7: BYU Invite
January 20-21: Weber State Invite
January 27-28: Utah Indoor Championships
February 3-4: Boise Indoor Meet (small group)
February 10: Utah Distance Challenge
February 16-18: Simplot Games
The 2017 Outdoor Track Schedule is up on the blog - www.darttrack.blogspot.com