Very briefly - Excellent job at the Davis Invitational. This year's Invite was another huge success. I am proud of you for being so willing to work hard and to sacrifice your Saturday for the program. By this point each year, it is evident what kind of TEAM we have, and what kind of individuals make up that TEAM. I think that we showed a lot of teamwork, responsibility, and toughness as we competed in and put on the Davis Invite. Thanks for your efforts in making it an exciting, well-organized invitational. We hit some rough patches of weather, but our attitudes stayed positive (for the most part), and you stuck with your jobs, and you competed with heart and with toughness on our home track. Thanks to the parents who were so willing to volunteer their time and their food. Thanks to the awesome alumni who were so willing to give time and energy into helping us prepare and run a great meet. Thanks to the sponsors who make this track meet worth all the work we put into it, and allow us to get the equipment we need. Thanks to the great coaching staff I have for all of their hard work and their support and knowledge and expertise - I couldn't ask for better people to work with and better people to help teach and inspire our TEAM.
Some of the highlights of the competition included:
- Shea Martinez running tough in the 1600 (5:03) for the pr and the win. Then coming back a short time later to get the win and a new meet record in the 800m (2:11).
- Brad Nye finding another gear in the final turn of the 1600 - to pull off the well-fought victory and to finish with a 4:16 (:60 final lap).
- The other boy milers going - 4:19 (Neuner), 4:20 (White), 4:25 (Cromar), and 4:27 (Mathias). We have got to have one of the strongest miler groups in the U.S. That puts us at a Davis record setting 6 boys under 4:30 (adding in the freshman - Skyler Williams at 4:29.99 from Woods Cross).
- The boys getting 1st place in all 4 relays - earning 16 of the 30 watches. The 4 x 100 started us off with a near season best 42.93 (Bullock, Fortin, Green, L. Hart). Then the medley team ran the fastest time in the state this year with a 4:36 (Fortin, Green, White, Nye). Then the 4 x 400 ran the fastest time in the state this year (Hart, White, Hart, Nye). And the 4 x 800 capped it all off with an 8:14 victory (Neuner, Mathias, Allred, Lee).
- The girls 4 x 100 - staying composed despite some rough handoffs - to pull off the narrow victory (Sagers, Anderson, Jones, Harrison). And the girls 4 x 400 running another season best for the victory (Sagers, Child, Anderson, Martinez) - that school record 4 x 400 is going down soon!
- Sylvia Harrison with her three 2nd place finishes and 1st place relay finish - all in the invited in a short time period (100m hurdles, 100m dash, 200m dash).
- Adelyn Jones with her big pr and win - 15.14 in the 100m hurdles.
- Tanisha Langston with her 5'00 state qualifying high jump.
- The boy 3200m runners with 3 new boys under 10:00 (Williams, Hedquist, Wood), and another at 10:00 (Schofield). In addition to Preston Johnson's 9:42 state qualifying run that completely exhausted him (watching him collapse at the finish line, you can definitely say that Preston knows how to push himself past what you would think possible).
- Jeni Christensen with her 9'00 pole vault - good enough for the Invite Win.
- Houston Merrill with his 6'00 high jump - good enough for the Open Win.
- Jessica Richardson with her 107'09 discus throw - qualifying for state.
- Ellie Child with her 2:19 800m run - good enough for 3rd place and state qualifying.
- 7 girls with PRs in the 3200m - including Joanna Boyd's impressive 25 second improvement.
- Brad Anderson with his work on the cover of the program
- Coach Alayna Ferrin with her well-deserved Hall of Fame Induction
- In all, we had PRs from 25 girls and 31 boys.
There were some very positive things - that we need to continue to build off of through the end of the season. With less than 3 weeks left, I challenge you to make something incredible happen. Be focused on bringing a TEAM effort to BYU, region, and state. This is our time to shine - time for our sacrifice and hard work to pay off - time to be proud to be part of the DAVIS TRACK & FIELD PROGRAM. As I was saying today - don't be satisfied with what you have done so far - don't be content to just "survive" the final 3 weeks - instead, do what you can to contribute to the TEAM. No matter how good you are or where you rank on the TEAM, you can all make a difference in how we finish this season. . .
Wednesday, May 4 - Tri-meet at Davis - begins at 3:00pm. We will need all of your help putting on the meet as well as competing in the meet. If we have any parents who would like to volunteer at our field events - please send me an email letting me know. This meet is your last chance to improve your region qualifying marks.
Friday-Saturday, May 6-7: BYU Invitational. The 3200m finals and the 100, 100/110 hurdles, 200, 400, 300 hurdle trials - as well as the girls high jump, boys long jump, girls discus, boys shot put, and girls javelin are on Friday - everything else (including finals in the sprints and all the relays) are on Saturday. We will be taking a bus down to the meet for those competing. If you are not competing on Friday, we are asking that you stay in school that day. You are welcome to come down on Saturday to watch your teammates compete. More information will be handed out at practice.
Wednesday-Thursday, May 11-12 - Region Championships at Syracuse High. We will know Monday night who makes it into the meet. If you want to see where you are at this point - go to www.regiononetrack.blogspot.com More information will be handed out on Monday next week.
Friday-Saturday, May 20-21: State Championships at BYU.
Thanks again for all your work with the Davis Invite - You made me proud and you made us look good.
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."