Sunday, March 24, 2013

Darts - 
It has been a very strong early start to our season. The Super Meet this week confirmed that we have the potential to win against the very best teams in the state. Just as important, it showed that most of our TEAM is willing to work hard and do their jobs to help us put on a successful track meet. I think we also saw that we still have a lot of hard work to put in. We are not yet where we want to be - and I hope that all of you will stay hungry and not be satisfied with where we are to start with. I am excited for what we can do if we work together and really get after the next 6 weeks of training and meets. I would like each of you to focus on two things at the district meet this week - 1) Do your best. I have attached the performance list for the year - each of you should know your PRs (personal records) in your events. At the District Championships this week - do your best to set a new PR (or season best). One of my favorite things as a coach is to update the performance list each week and see the progress that you are making as individuals and as a TEAM. 2) Show a lot of support and excitement for your teammates as they compete. With our huge numbers, we need to do a better job being unified - I think we do a pretty good job within our own events, but work this week to show support and interest in events other than your own. Wednesday will be a good day for that. Not everyone will be in the finals - but even if you are not in the finals, you should be there supporting your teammates and cheering them on.

Super Meet - On Tuesday, our girls won in very dominating fashion in our first official track meet on our new track. 5 of the top 6 teams in 5A were in the meet, and we won by almost 100 points - 1. Davis - 191.75; 2. Bingham - 94; 3. Fremont - 68; 4. Riverton - 65; 5. Viewmont - 64.5. We also had 13 state qualifying marks (a TEAM record for the Super Meet). Our TEAM highlights: Shea Martinez ran 2:10.29 to set a meet record in the 800m - it is also currently ranked #1 in the U.S.; Christine Van Brocklin won both of the hurdle races in 15.27 for the 100m and 46.58 for the 300m (both times rank her #1 in 5A); our 3200m runners worked very well together for the 1-2-3-4 sweep with Chelsey Johnson winning in 11:33.24; Jessica Richardson finished 2nd in both the shot put and the discus (but 1st from Utah teams); we won 3 relays - 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m, and 4 x 400m - the 4 x 4 win was a meet record with 4:05.41. Full results can be found at
The boys competed on Wednesday and also came away with the victory. It was our 9th straight Super Meet victory (10th straight for the girls). But on the boys side it was a lot closer. Riverton showed us that they are strong and that they are going to be going after us every chance they can get. The team scores were: 1. Davis - 201.5; 2. Riverton 172.5; 3. Weber - 89; 4. Bingham - 59; 5. Bountiful 49. Those top 4 teams are going to all be in the mix when we get to the state meet. Alta and American Fork will be the other teams to watch for on the boys side. Some of our highlights included: Seth Fortin ran 11.10 into a head wind to take the victory in the 100m, he also came back to narrowly miss the victory in the 200m with 22.65; Ben Bracken and Sam Matina scored a bunch of points in the shot put (2nd and 3rd) and the discus (3rd and 4th) - they have worked very hard together and that work has definitely paid off; Jeff Whittaker had a great start with his win in the javelin (173'05); Marcus Daley got two victories in the jumps - with a high jump meet record of 6'06; our medley boys (Gabe Alfaro, Devin Atwood, Seth Thompson, and Stokton Smith) got our only relay victory and just missed state qualifying; the 800m runners scored 29 points and were led by a 1-2 finish from Jackson Sagers and Skylar Williams; and Brayden Cromar finished 2nd in the 3200m and was under the meet record with his time of 9:36. Full results are found at

Davis District Championships - Tuesday and Wednesday (March 26-27) @ Syracuse High School. This is another state qualifying meet. The track meet is set up with half of the field events on Tuesday and half on Wednesday. The running events have trials on Tuesday and finals on Wednesday. There are qualifying marks, but if you have been consistently coming to practice, I will make sure that you get to compete in at least one event. Just like we did last week, on Monday we will go over the entries for the District Meet, and if I need to make any changes, I will make them at that time. Everyone will be excused at 1:30 both days (Wednesday is the track class day). The buses will leave at 1:45. 
After spring break, we will have 4 straight Wednesdays where you can participate in your chosen events and you can try some new events. The reason we have to limit the entries at the Super Meet and the District Meet is because of the number of schools. There will be 7 schools there this week. 
Tuesday Field Events - Boys Discus, Boys High Jump, Boys Pole Vault, Girls Shot Put, Girls Long Jump, Girls Javelin
Wednesday Field Events - Boys Shot Put, Boys Javelin, Boys High Jump, Girls Discus, Girls High Jump, Girls Pole Vault

The UVU Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th. As of right now, this meet is tentative for us. We would like to see how our performances go at the District Meet, and then we will make a decision about going down to UVU on Saturday or not. It will not be the entire team competing Saturday; we are limited to 30 total entries for girls and 30 total entries for boys.  If you are in the top 6 on the team in any of your events (refer to the performance list), you would possibly be competing at UVU. If you are in the top 6, and you know you cannot compete next Saturday for whatever reason, please let me know ASAP. That will help us make a decision about what we are going to have the TEAM do. 

Spring Break - We will have workouts at the track on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Spring Break. All 3 workouts will be worth double letter points. All workouts are mandatory if you are in town. If you are out of town during spring break, do the best you can to not lose the fitness/strength/speed we have gained so far by doing core work, running, drills, and anything else you can do to maintain your fitness. Be creative and find the time to workout each day. 

Remaining Schedule - 
Mar 26-27       Davis District                          Syracuse High School             3:00 pm
March 30         UVU Invitational                    UVU                                       9:00 am
April 5-6          Arcadia Invitational                Arcadia, CA (by invitation only)
April 10           Weber @ Davis                       Davis High School                  3:00 pm
April 13           Grizzly Invitational                 Logan High School                 9:00 am
April 17           Davis @ Layton                      Layton High School                3:00 pm
April 24           Northridge @ Davis               Davis High School                  3:00 pm
April 27           Davis Invite                            Davis High School                  9:00 am
May 1              Davis @ Fremont                    Fremont High School              3:00 pm          
May 3-4           BYU Invite                             BYU                                       8:00 am
May 8-9           Region Championships           Syracuse High School             3:00 pm
May 14            Sophomore Region                 TBA                                        3:00 pm
May 17-18       State Championships              BYU                                       8:00 am

Be a part of what we are doing. Be involved and be committed to carrying on our great tradition. Prepare yourselves the best you can for the District Meet this week. Take pride in being Darts!
- Coach Talley

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