I want to start this week's email by thanking everyone who had a part in making the 2013 Davis Invitational the best one ever. It was an extremely successful day for our program in the way we performed and the way we hosted a major invitational. It truly showed what our program is all about - hard work and teamwork, and pride and excitement for what we are doing. I want to thank your parents for volunteering, for bringing food for the luncheon, for supporting the program, and for their many sponsorships. I want to thank the volunteer alumni who come back and make things so much easier on me - Seth Frischknecht, Aaron Nye, Caleb Ward, Clay and Leslee Wilson, Becca Albrechtsen, Janice Hartvigsen, Wendy Wilson, Logan Wood, and others. I want to thank our incredible coaching staff who put so much work in to the Invite and are so good at what they do - Preston Parrish, Jeff Agnello, Jamie West, Lauren Johnson, Brad Anderson, Dan Hayward, Rob Thomas, Alayna Ferrin, and Paul Timothy are some of the greatest people I know, and words cannot describe how valuable they are to our program and to the success of the Davis Invite. We all need to be grateful for their sacrifices and for their examples. We are lucky to be associated with them and to learn from them. Their leadership, expertise, and love for this program were all so evident yesterday. And lastly I want to thank our athletes for putting on the best Davis Invitational I have seen. After the track meet yesterday, the coaching staff was sitting in the coaches office (eating some leftovers from the delicious luncheon), and we could not stop talking about how proud we were of each of you. Everyone did their jobs. Everyone competed with heart. Everyone was willing to help and willing to do whatever we needed done. At the end of the day, we were so honored to be your coaches and we were so proud of the hard work that you have put into this meet and into this season. It was a great day to be a part of Davis Track & Field.
As far as performances go, we had so many great ones to point out. In the open section of the meet: Libby Fowler won the girls 100m hurdles in a huge pr of 15.45; Ashley Tyndall and McKenzie Weir both qualified for state in the 1600m run (5:16 and 5:17); Our girls 4 x 100m B team ran a very impressive 52.18 - better than a lot of A teams; we had 4 girls run under 48.3 in the 300m hurdles - Libby, Liz Jones, Tyra Colohan, and Hailee Carattini; Katie Frandsen finished 4th in the 800m with 2:23; Kaylee Brown and Meghan David finished 1-3 in the shot put and both qualified for state; Carily Fowers threw 100'02 in the discus and finished 4th; Ammon Hanks finished 2nd in the 110 hurdles with 15.55 - a pr and state qualifying time; Our boys 4 x 100m B team ran 44.70 - fast enough to beat five A teams; Todd Froisland ran a big pr of 42.22 in the 300m hurdles; our boy 800 runners had some great prs - 2:04 for Kent Thompson and 2:05 for Josh Robinson; Colton Chronister ran 23.24 in the 200m dash; Isaac Clouse and Matt Hawkins finished 5-7 in the 3200 with 10:07 and 10:08; Chance Parker finished 3rd in the long jump with 20'05; Nate Hatch finished 6th in the shot put; and Dallin Baires finished 6th in the discus.
In the Invited Session of the Meet (the fastest heats and best flights), we had one of our best meets ever. We don't keep a team score, but if we had, the girls would have scored 109 - with the next closest team at 40; and the boys would have scored 118 with the next closest team (Alta) at 62. On the track, Christine Van Brocklin finished 2nd in the 100m hurdles and 2nd in the 300m hurdles both with huge prs and both times are top 3 all-time for Davis; Seth Fortin won the 100m dash with 10.80 - a new school record; Bailey Carling finished 2nd in the 100m dash and first out of 5A; Ellie Child won the 1600m with a season best 4:58; Taylor Cox finished 3rd in the 1600m and 4th in the 800m less than an hour apart; Hannah Albrechtsen and Joanna Boyd both qualified for state in the 1600m run (5:11 and 5:17 - making 7 Davis girls qualified in the 1600m); Andrew Aposhian qualified for state in the boys 1600m with a pr of 4:22; Our girls and boys 4 x 100 teams both ran season bests - the girls finished 1st in 49.53 and the boys were 2nd in 42.09 (Davis #2 All-Time); Trevor Leavitt ran one of the gutsiest, toughest races I've ever seen to win the 400m in a new school record and a near meet record of 48.04 - the school record he broke was 20 years old; Shea Martinez set a new school record, meet record and ran the fastest time in the U.S at 2:08.48 in the 800m run - also tying the 5A state record; Seth Thompson, Jackson Sagers, and Ryan Lee all ran 1:56 in the 800m to finish 3-5-6 and all are qualified for state; The girls medley relay team put together a great race for 1st place with Bailey Carling, Sarah Beecher, Tatum Beard, and Hannah Albrechtsen; Seth Fortin just missed his 2nd individual first place finish, but ran a very solid 21.80 in the 200m dash - his 2nd school record of the day; Preston Johnson qualified for state in the 3200m with 9:38; Josh Ward ran a huge pr of 9:49 in the 3200 - his first time under 10; The boys 4 x 400m relay team finished 1st and qualified for state with 3:24.08; and both the boys and the girls 4 x 800m relay teams finished 1st and both set new meet and stadium records - the boys ran 7:58 and the girls ran 9:18. In the field events, Marcus Daley finished 5th in the high jump and 6th in the long jump; Andrew Schwemmer qualified for state in the high jump with 6'01; Andrew Tyndall cleared 14'00 in the pole vault for 3rd place; Jeff Whittaker finished 5th in the javelin; Ben Bracken threw a huge pr of 56'02 for 3rd in the shot put (Davis #3 all-time) and Sam Matina threw over 50 feet for the first time; Ben also threw 158' in the discus for 2nd place; and Jessica Richardson finished 4th in the shot put and Kaylee Brown was 5th in the discus.
I think the most impressive part of all of it is that we performed this great while still officiating the meet and running all of the events. One example of many: Ben Bracken, Sam Matina, Jeff Whittaker, Kaylee Brown, and Jessica Richardson were there at 7:30 in the morning running the weigh-in, then they stayed all day helping out at the throwing events, and then they still performed with positive attitudes when they had the chance to compete. And I was just as proud of the Davis Athletes who did not qualify to compete in the meet, but were still their from 7:30am-6:30pm making a sacrifice for the program and working hard to put on a great meet.
One coach emailed me this morning and said, "I envy the track culture at Davis High. Davis is to Utah what Oregon is to the U.S." I loved that.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Monday - Make sure you come to practice. Especially if you worked the Davis Invite and did not get a Davis Invite t-shirt. We ran out of most sizes. I am going to put in a t-shirt order, and I need to know who wants a shirt. Monday will be the only day to order one.
Tuesday - We have to put on another Junior High Meet. We will need your help. Thanks.
Wednesday - We have a track meet at Fremont High. You will be excused at 1:15 - the bus will leave at 1:30. Those competing at BYU will not compete at Fremont (with a few exceptions). The meet at Fremont is your last chance to qualify for the Region Championships.
Friday-Saturday (May 3-4) - The BYU Invitational - I will have the entries and schedule on Monday at practice. We are very limited on entries, so I will need to know on Monday if you can or can't come on Friday or Saturday.
May 1 - Davis @ Fremont
May 3-4 - BYU Invitational
May 8-9 - Region Championships @ Syracuse
May 14 - Sophomore Region @ TBA (for all sophomores and those juniors and seniors who don't compete in Region)
May 17-18 - State Championships @ BYU