I am a little late with the update this week. I am still recovering from the Davis Invitational. I wish I had more time to write an update about the meet because I know I am going to miss something important - but I want to start by saying THANK YOU!! You (the Davis track & field athletes) really came through for us. Putting on a large invitational in that kind of weather is not an easy task. It made for a long day in the cold rain - but we handled ourselves with composure and we kept a positive attitude throughout the day. It seems like we had so many people step up to help out in a big way, and it would not have been successful without a huge TEAM effort. I want to thank each of you who sacrificed and put the TEAM first last weekend. I also know that being out in the rain all day didn't help your own performances, but in the big picture it was our overall TEAM performance in putting on a great meet in the rain (not any one individual accomplishment) that was the performance of the week. I also need to quickly thank all of the parents who were willing to send food and help with the lunch. I also want to thank all of our sponsors - who really make the Invite beneficial to the program. And I want to thank our great coaches who also all stepped up in a big way to make the day memorable. I was stressed about the weather going into the Invite, but looking back on it I wouldn't have it any other way. It showed what kind of character and commitment we have on our TEAM - and it was a test that I think we needed greatly. From here to the end of the season (only 2.5 weeks) let's show that same commitment and same character and determination from top to bottom.
I would like to point out a few performances (for full results you can go to www.runnercard.com). In the open session of the meet, we had a few top 6 performances - Taylor Southwick was the champion in the open pole vault, Hailee Carattini finished 3rd in the 100 hurdles (and makes the most killer truffles), Jaron Erickson finished 4th in the 110 hurdles, Rachel Anderson finished 6th in the 100m dash, Ty Hinds finished 5th in the 100m dash, Tatum Beard was 3rd in the 1600m, Gabe Alfaro was 4th in the 400m, Elise Berning was 5th in the 200m, our girls 4 x 400m relay B-team finished 3rd, Ashley Lawson was 6th in the pole vault, Harrison Haslam was 4th in the boys pole vault, Korra Jenson was 6th in the high jump, and Dallin Baires was 3rd in the discus.
In the Invited Session, we had a few individual champions, and some other great performances - Palmer Flood came through big to win the 300m Hurdles with a 39.35 PR, Trevor Leavitt won both the 400m dash (47.57) and the 200m Dash in a SCHOOL RECORD 21.58. Taylor Cox won the 1600m (5:06) and was 4th in the 800 (2:18), Paige Erickson was the champion in the pole vault with a 9'04 PR, Andrew Tyndall won the boys pole vault with a state-leading PR of 14'09, our girls 4 x 100 was 4th, Melanie Sullivan was 4th in the 400m Dash, Jordan Barnett was 5th in the 300m Hurdles, Hannah Albrechtsen was 5th in the 1600 (5:12), Ally Geisler was 6th in the 1600 (5:15 - state qualified), both our girls and our boys finished 2nd in the medley relay, Aubrey Argyle was 2nd in the 3200 (11:04), Kenzie Weir was 3rd in the 3200 (11:12), Ashley Tyndall was 6th in the 3200 (11:29 - state qualified), Josh Ward was 4th in the 3200 (9:38), Nate Allred placed 3rd in the high jump (6'01), Dallin Baires placed 6th in the shot put (49'04), KJ Bishop placed 6th in the Javelin (144'07), our girls 4 x 400 team ran 4:02 for the victory (Melanie, Rachel, BriAnna, and Taylor), our boys 4 x 400 team finished 2nd with 3:24, our girls 4 x 800 team finished 2nd with 9:44, and our boys 4 x 400 team finished 2nd with 8:16.
Overall, it was a very strong day for us. I like the determination and the fight that I am seeing - even when things don't go your way, even when it may not be your day - I am still seeing fight in you. That is what we need to finish the season strong. Don't give up - don't be content. Continue to push yourselves and give your very best with each of your final opportunities.
Wednesday, April 30 - Dual Meet at Northridge - You are excused at 1:30. The buses leave at 1:45. We are wearing our throwback jerseys. It is our last chance for many of you to qualify for the region meet. Show up ready to kill it. We are holding back (or holding out) everyone competing at BYU, so it is a great chance for the rest of you to really step up.
Thursday, May 1 - We are in charge of a junior high meet. Thanks in advance for your help. I will order pizza at the end of the meet. It should go from 3:00 - 6:00.
Friday-Saturday, May 2-3 - BYU Invitational. I will send out a schedule with our entries. Those of you going down on Friday can come on your own (with your parents) or on the bus (at 7:00am). Those of you coming down on Saturday can go on your own (with your parents) or on the bus (at 6:30am). It is a great chance for us to prepare for the events we are going to be doing on the same track at the state championships in two weeks.
Wednesday-Thursday, May 7-8 - Region Championships @ Syracuse High School. I will send out more information on Sunday.
Thanks again for a great Davis Invitational. Let's finish strong together.
"...well, if track were so easy, everybody would do it. The challenges and adversity that it brings would knock any ordinary athlete to their knees. And here at Davis Track we don't let that happen to us. . . So I will push on - to help push my teammates to win a state title." - text message from a member of the Davis Track TEAM who is currently trying to overcome an injury