I said it during track class this past week, and it's true: At this point of the season, we are more interested in your character, toughness, and teamwork than we are in your actual marks. Your times on the track and marks in the field events might not be where you want them to be, but don't focus on that right now. For now, focus on being tough, working hard, being a good teammate, and looking for opportunities to learn and grow and improve. I thought we did a great job of that at the Weber State Invitational this past weekend. Most of you showed up with a great attitude (despite the snow and challenges getting there), and you were competing with energy, toughness, and courage. It's exactly what we wanted to see. I was very impressed with how many of you tried an event for the first time--I know that it can be scary to face those fears.
The results have not been published yet, but we were very excited about the efforts and attitudes of our athletes! I will send out the Weber State results later this week when I receive them. I will also post the performance list for 2017 on the indoor blog - www.davisindoortrack.blogspot.com
(Just a side note - if we ever have weather and roads like yesterday, and you aren't able to make it to the indoor track meet because weather. Please always listen to your parents. Respect their decisions. Just do the best you can in those situations. There will always be other track meets - and your coaches will NOT be upset if you are unable to get there.)
Utah Coaches Meet (UHSTCA Invite) - Our next indoor track meet is next weekend (January 27-28) at the Olympic Oval in Kearns. I have attached all of the information including the schedule. Please read over it carefully and let me know if you have any questions. We have to Pre-Register you for this meet, so please fill out the attached form and bring it to practice by Wednesday. I will also have forms available at practice all week. You will pay when you arrive at the track meet ($4 per event).
Simplot Games Invite List - We are not quite ready with the invites for Simplot. We are trying to find a way to accommodate as many athletes as possible - but it is challenging once again this year. We have so many athletes doing a great job. The factors we are using to decide (in order of importance) - 1) Performance at the first 2 track meets (we may also be looking at the Olympic Oval performances this week for the final spots). 2) Commitment and consistency at indoor practices. 3) Seniority on the team. We will try (as always) to be as fair as we can while making the best possible decisions for the program. That list will be emailed out on Tuesday. Simplot is on February 16-18.
Coach Matt Williams, who has been helping us the past few years, had a battle with cancer 10 years ago. He recently found out that the cancer has returned. He just had surgery to remove 2 large tumors from his lungs and will begin his second round of radiation soon. We have set up a GoFundMe account to try to help Coach Williams with his medical bills. If anyone can help, here is the link - https://www.gofundme.com/coach-matt-williams-medical
Thanks for everything! The indoor track season is rolling along, and we are pleased with the potential we see and the formation of our TEAM. Keep up the good work!
Remaining Indoor Schedule:
Jan 27-28 - Utah Coaches Invite (Indoor State Championships) @ The Olympic Oval
Feb 3-4 - Boise Invitational (small group)
February 10 - Utah Distance Challenge @ The Olympic Oval (400-800-1600-3200)
February 16-18 - Simplot Games