It was another great week for Davis Track & Field. All of our hard work and TEAM work was very evident at the Region Championships at Syracuse on Thursday and Friday. There was an awful lot of BROWN & GOLD on the podium - and there were a ton of great marks, season bests, and lifetime PRs. Not only was I impressed with our performances, I was also very proud of all that our TEAM does and the way that we compete. We are champions in more ways than just the gaining the title. We also managed to make it through over 100 AP tests in the past week (I would assume most of which were with passing grades). I felt like we showed respect and sportsmanship to athletes from other teams - a great example of this was Palmer Flood giving a hug and a hand shake to the hurdler from Layton after their run-off. I felt like we also showed great support for our teammates - we had quite a few athletes who were willing to sacrifice their own region glory to allow their teammates/friends to qualify for state: Alex Hedquist in the boys 1600m, Kendall Sargent in the girls javelin, and many others who were willing to sit out of an event to allow their teammates the opportunity. And I thought that through any ups and downs that we faced in the 3 days (with the rain day included), Davis track athletes kept a positive attitude and stayed very strong and unified. I hope that you all take a moment to realize how great you have it - how special this TEAM is - and how blessed you are to have each other as teammates.
Both the boys and the girls won the Region Championships by exactly 101 points. The girls scored 229 to beat 2nd place Fremont (128), and the boys scored 258.5 to beat Syracuse (157.5). The boys have won 17 of the past 18 region titles, and the girls have won 16 in a row.
For the girls, we had 3 girls who won two individual titles each. Shea Martinez won the 1600 in 5:06 and the 800m in a region record 2:08. Bailey Carling won the 100m in a pr of 12.53 and the 200m in 25.95. And Jessica Richardson won the shot put in 37'11 and the discus in 127'11 (an 8 foot pr). We scored 75 points in the three distance races, and had very solid performances from Ellie Child (2nd in the 800m); Katie Frandsen, Josey Hedquist and Tiahna Cipriano - 5-6-7 in the 800m; Hannah Albrechtsen and Taylor Cox finished 2nd and 3rd in the 1600m; and Sierra Graham, Joanna Boyd, and Aimee Vance all 3 qualified for state in the 3200m with a 2-3-4 finish. Our girl sprinter and hurdlers had a great day with Christine Van Brocklin finishing 2nd in both the 100m hurdles and the 400m dash, Libby Fowler finishing 4th in the 100m hurdles and 2nd in the 300m hurdles, Tyra Colohan finishing 4th in the 300m hurdles to qualify for state, Karly Sprague finishing 6th in the 100m hurdles (qualifying for state by time), Rachel Anderson scoring in both the 100m and 200m, and Taylor Cox finishing 5th in the 400m. Our girls in the field events were strong - in addition to Jessica, Kaylee Brown scored in both the shot put (6th) and the discus (5th), sophomore Meghan David finished 5th in the shot put, Natalie Mecham qualified for state with 4th in the javelin, Tanisha Langston wrapped up a very strong region track career with 3rd in the high jump, and Camille Stringham finished 5th in the long jump. Our girls also won all 3 of the relays with very impressive times. The girls 4 x 100m team (Rachel Anderson, Elise Anderson, Sarah Beecher, and Bailey Carling) ran a season best of 49.51. The girls medley team (Natalie Dyer, Sadie Wells, Kami Dixon, and Hannah Albrechtsen) ran 4:19.68 for 1st. And our girls 4 x 400m ended the meet with a new meet record of 3:57.89. That team consisted of Taylor Cox, Ellie Child, Christine Van Brocklin, and Shea Martinez.
We also had a few individual region champions on the boys side. Our only multiple winner was Ben Bracken, who won the shot put in 55'03 and the discus in 152'00. Seth Fortin won the 100m dash for the 3rd year in a row with a time of 10.94. Trevor Leavitt won the 200m with a new pr of 22.07. Ryan Lee won the 800m with a PR of 1:56.37. Preston Johnson won the 1600m with 4:24.94. Josh Ward (just a sophomore) got the victory in the 3200m with 10:00. And Jordan Schraedel finished first in the pole vault with 12'06. Our boy distance runners really came through for us earning 35 points in the 800m, 28 points in the 1600m, and 32 points in the 3200m for a total of 95 out of 117 possible points in those 3 events. We have now qualified for a team record 22 distance events: 7 boys in 800m, 7 boys in the 1600m, and 8 boys in the 3200m. At region, Jackson Sagers, Brayden Cromar, Seth Thompson, and Alex Hedquist finished 2-3-4-7 in the 800m; Stokton Smith, Sam Haws, Alex Hedquist, and Brayden Cromar finished 3-4-5-6 in the 1600m, and Hayden Hansen, Stokton Smith, and Skylar Williams were 2-3-4 in the 3200m (all qualifying for state). We also scored some strong points in the sprints and hurdles with Marcus Daley and Trevor Leavitt finishing 3-4 in the 100m, Robert Thomas finishing 5th in the 400m, and Ammon Hanks taking 3rd in the 110m hurdles and 3rd in the 300m hurdles. In the field events, Sam Matina finished 2nd in the shot put and 6th in the discus, Jeff Whittaker was 2nd in the javelin and 5th in the shot put, Andrew Schwemmer and Marcus Daley were 2nd and 5th in the high jump - Andrew jumped a 4 inch pr of 6'05, and our pole vaulters scored 25 points. Finally, our relays scored 26 points - with a 3rd in the 4 x 100, 1st in the medley relay (Colton Chronister, Jordan Goldsberry, Robert Thomas, and Preston Johnson), and 1st in the 4 x 400m (Colton Chronister, Jackson Sagers, Seth Thompson, and Ryan Lee). It was a great way to end the meet, with wins in both the girls and the boys 4 x 400m.
It was truly two great days of track & field for the Davis Darts. We now have a total of 50 athletes qualified for 82 individual events at the state championships. We have set new records this year for both boys and girls and the total number of athletes qualifying for state. We also have all 6 relay teams in.
We still have some work and some preparation to do in the next week in order to be ready for the state championships. It is very important that each of you prepare the best you can both physically and mentally for one final battle. Anything can happen at the state meet, and we want to be prepared to do the best we can no matter what the circumstances. We will see ups and downs in the state championships - and it is important that we stay mentally strong and that we stay unified throughout the entire two day meet. We have worked for a long time for this final meet of the season (and final meet of some incredible senior careers). Most of all, let's do our best and have a great time. Let's represent Davis Track & Field as champions in every way.
Sophomore Region - We will be hosting sophomore region on Tuesday beginning at 3:15pm. All sophomores, and any juniors and seniors who did not qualify for state are able to compete at sophomore region. It looks to be warm weather and should be a great day to end the year with some PRs. I am very excited about the younger group of Davis athletes and the future of the program, and the sophomore region meet is a great way to show our strength for the future.
All athletes competing at state should plan on doing a workout on the track/field right after school on Tuesday.
State Championships - Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. On Monday, I will send out a schedule with all that we have competing. You can also find the state schedule and information at http://www.uhsaa.org/btrack/2013/Info-Sched.pdf Any Davis athletes who are not competing and would like to come and watch/cheer/support on Friday should sign up on Monday-Wednesday for the excuse list. We will have 2 buses going down both on Friday and Saturday (more information to come).
Uniforms - We will turn in uniforms on Thursday, May 23rd. It is an A-day. That should give you a chance to wash them before you turn them in (and take a few pictures in them if you would like). Please don't turn them in before or after - that one day will be the best day to turn them in. Thanks.
TEAM Banquet - Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 30th at 5:30pm. More details and a finalized date will be announced after the state meet.
Cross Country Meeting - Friday, May 31st in my classroom (invite some friends - especially those going into 9th and 10th grade). Also - cross country camp will be from July 29-August 2.