It's a little hard to believe that we are at the end of the season - with only the Region and State Championships to go. We have put in a lot of hard work, and we have seen a lot of progression over the past few months. I want to say how proud I am of this TEAM and of all that we have accomplished. I hope that as you each evaluate this season that you will not just think about how fast you ran, how many races you did or didn't win, and how many trophies our TEAM won, but I hope that you will consider the more important questions - did you give your best effort in workouts and races? Did you sacrifice for your teammates? Did you create lasting friendships? Were you committed to doing your very best and to making our TEAM the best it could be?
I hope that can be our focus over the final meets of the season - doing our best as individuals and as a TEAM. We have prepared ourselves to be champions at region and state - but I also want to see you all act like champions no matter what the outcome is. Give your very best efforts. Leave it all on the track or the field. Prepare for the meets the best that you can. And be a unified, excited TEAM.
BYU Invitational - For only the 2nd time in the past 15 years we were the BYU Invitational Champions for both the girls and the boys this past weekend. It is one of the hardest meets to win each year because it is a combination of the very best from 3A, 4A, and 5A. Points are not easy to come by at the BYU Invite. The boys won for the 6th year in a row, but it was not an easy victory - we ended up with 70 points to win by 20 over 2nd place Alta. There will definitely be teams coming after us at the state meet in two weeks - and we are going to have to fight hard for every point. After losing by 1 point a year ago, the girls came back this year and dominated the competition. We ended with 78 points and Bingham and Cedar tied for 2nd with 44. I was impressed with the fight and the determination I saw on both sides - and I think we are going to need to show even more and be even tougher when it comes to the state meet in 2 weeks.
We had some amazing individual performances, including 2 school records - Shea Martinez won the 800m in 2:08.45 (a new school and state record), and Trevor Leavitt won the 400m in 47.96 - a new school record and the top time in the state this year. Our other top performances include - Marcus Daley with 6'05 in the high jump; Jordan Schraedel and Andrew Tyndall both cleared 13'06 in the pole vault; Ben Bracken and Sam Matina both placed in the shot put, and Ben also placed 3rd in the discus; Jeff Whittaker finished 4th in the javelin; Jessica Richardson and Kaylee Brown both placed in the discus, and Jessica was also 6th in the shot put; Kendall Sargent finished 10th in the javelin; Seth Fortin was 4th in the 100m dash; Jackson Sagers and Seth Thompson both ran season bests of 1:55 and finished 7th-8th in the 800m; Skylar Williams was 11th in the 1600m; Bailey Carling was 4th in the 100m and 5th in the 200m with a new pr of 25.73; Taylor Cox was 4th in the 800m with Davis #2 all time 2:14.15; Hannah Albrechtsen and Joanna Boyd qualified for state in the 800m; Ellie Child finished 4th in the 3200 with a Davis #3 all-time 10:54; Christine Van Brocklin had another awesome day in the hurdles with 4th place in the 100 hurdles and 3rd in the 300 hurdles; Libby Fowler had a great pr of 15.31 and finished a strong 7th in the 100m hurdles; our boys 4 x 100m relay finished 3rd; our girls 4 x 100m finished 4th, our girls medley relay was also 4th, and our girls 4 x 400m relay finished 1st with a state best 3:58. You can see the full results at http://results.runnercard.com/Results/results.jsp?meetid=4599
Region Championships - Wednesday & Thursday May 8-9 at Syracuse High School. I have attached a schedule of events with the names of those who are most likely to qualify for the events. This schedule is not final - but any adjustments need to be made tomorrow at practice. Please let me know if you see anything that may be wrong. The asterisk (*) means that those athletes might get to compete in those events. We will not know for certain until after the region meeting on Monday night, and I will handout a final schedule on Tuesday.
We would like the entire TEAM to come and support, even if you are not competing at the meet. You will be excused at 1:30 each day, and the buses will leave at 1:45. We would especially like everyone to stay until the end of the track meet on Thursday to be there for the awards presentation (at about 6:45).
Region Dinner - We are going to try something new this year. We would like to have a TEAM dinner on Tuesday night at 6:00pm at the school in the cafeteria (if it's available). We are going to need a lot of help to prepare food for about 225 athletes. I am asking for parent volunteers to bring spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, salad, and breadsticks. The coaches will bring the drinks and the dessert. We will have a sign up list at practice on Monday - or parents who would really like to get involved and help serve and bring a lot of food can email me and let me know what you can do.
Sophomore Region - Tuesday, May 14th. It looks like sophomore region is going to be at Davis High School. I will know for sure after the meeting tomorrow. I will get you more details when I know them. The sophomore region meet is for all sophomores and also for any juniors and seniors who do not qualify for the region championships. It will be a great opportunity to go for one last pr of the season.
State Championships - Friday & Saturday, May 17-18 @ BYU. I will have more details for the state championships (including a schedule) after the region meet.
Let's finish strong with no regrets over the final 2 weeks of the season!!