All of our hard work, sacrifice, and unity was very evident at the region championships on Wednesday and Thursday. I love the way we came together over the second half of the season, and I love the way we performed at our highest level at the region meet this week. I always go into a meet with expectations and this was one of those times that my expectations were blown away. We had so many strong performances that it would be hard to name them all. Take a look at the 2014 girls and boys performances on the blog (www.darttrack.blogspot.com) and notice how many of the marks came from 5/7 and 5/8. You can also find the full results at www.runnercard.com We truly put together our strongest TEAM performance of the year when it mattered most. We did score in every single event and it was most definitely a TEAM effort and a TEAM win.
For the boys our biggest performances may have come in the jumps. We were ranked to get between 20-25 points, and we ended up with 50. Nate Allred, Hunter Simonsen, and Nate Butterfield finished 2-3-4 in the high jump (all qualifying for state), and in the long jump, Derrek Parry came through huge with a PR of over a foot for the win. He was followed by Matt Calvin, Hunter Simonsen, Nate Welling, Andrew Tyndall, and Todd Froisland in 3-4-5-6-7. We scored 30 of the 39 points in the long jump. KJ Bishop came through big for us in the javelin. His PR of 152'11 was strong enough for the 1st place upset. Dallin Baires was strong for us in the throws with a 3rd place shot put finish and a 5th place finish in the discus. The big performances in the hurdles came in the 300s - where Derrek Parry and Todd Froisland qualified for state by hitting the time, and McGyver Clark had a solid 2 second PR. Our sprinters were also huge for us. Jordan Goldsberry qualified for state in the 100m with a 4th place finish. Ty Hinds qualified for state in the 200m with a 3rd place. Rylee Chilcote qualified for state in the 400 with a 3rd place finish. Our 4 x 100 team finished 1st. And Trevor Leavitt won both the 200m and the 400m (with a new region record in the 400 at 47.43). Our distance runners carried us once again, scoring 61 of the possible 117 points in the 3 events. Josh Ward and Stokton Smith qualified for state and led a group of 2 milers who had strong PRs. Josh also finished 3rd in the 1600 with a 4:21 - leading 5 boys under 4:30 (Stokton, Logan, Skylar, and Colter). And in the 800m, Logan MacKay smashed his PR by running 1:56 and finishing 2nd. At the end of the day, the boys scored 250 points - our highest total since 2009.
The girls were led by a very deep group of distance runners. In the 3 distance races, our girls scored a combined 70 points. Taylor Cox was the champion in both the 800 and the 1600. The 1600m was a new region record (5:00.02). Aubrey Argyle finished 3rd in the 1600 with a PR of 5:09 and 2nd in the 3200 with 11:06. Kenzie Weir also scored in both the 1600 and 3200 and ran a PR of 11:07 in the 3200. Other big PRs came from Ally Geisler, Hannah Albrechtsen, and Josey Hedquist (all 3 were 2:18 in the 800), Elise Anderson (5:38 in the 1600 and 12:37 in the 3200), and Aimee Vance (5:27 in the 1600 and 11:41 in the 3200). Our girl sprinters were strong for us as well. We had 3 girls make the finals in the 100 (Elise Berning, Rachel Anderson, and Brittney Rounkles), 4 girls in the finals of the 200 (the same 3 plus Melanie Sullivan), and 2 girls in the 400m finals (Melanie and BriAnna Gipson). Melanie won the 400m dash in a PR of 58.37 (Davis #5 All-Time). We looked very strong in the 300m Hurdles. At the start of the meet when Emma qualified through a run-off, that gave us 4 girls in the finals. Jordan Barnett finished 2nd, Madi Smith was 4th (qualifying for state), and Megan Rowe was 5th. Our girls relay teams scored 26 points as well - 2nd in the 4 x 100, 2nd in the medley, and 1st in the 4 x 400. In the field events, our top placers were Kendall Sargent (5th in the javelin), Johanna Purdy (5th in the shot put), Alicia Stucki (6th in the javelin), Phebe Krutsch (6th in the long jump), and Lizzi Boyd (7th in the discus). We did place well in the girls pole vault with 4 girls in the top 5 - Paige Erickson (1st), Liz Jones (3rd), Gentry Keaton (4th), and Ashley Lawson (5th). The girls pole vault will officially be scored next year, so that could really help us out with all 4 of those girls coming back. We are young in the jumps and throws, and a big challenge for us next year is to improve in our girls field event areas.
Boys Team Scores
1. Davis 250
2. Syracuse 154
3. Weber 104
4. Layton 54
5. Northridge 43
6. Viewmont 36
7. Fremont 14
Girls Team Scores
1. Davis 178.66
2. Weber 121
3. Syracuse 117.33
4. Fremont 86
5. Viewmont 55
6. Northridge 47
7. Layton 14
State Championships - We have put ourselves in a good position to go after 2 trophies this week at the state championships. It all begins on Friday at 8:00am with the girls 1600m Finals. It will be a challenging two days - but we are prepared and we will give our very best. I encourage all of you to come down to the meet on Friday and/or Saturday - even if you are not competing. Our fans are the members of our TEAM - and we always have the loudest and the most excited fan group. We are going to need as much help and TEAM support as we can get this week. Throughout this week, I will pass around an excuse list for Friday. The buses are going to leave the school at 6:30 on Friday morning and be back to the school at about 8:00pm Friday night. The buses are leaving the school at 7:30 on Saturday morning and won't be back to the school until about 9:00pm on Saturday night. You are responsible for your own food both days. It is free to get in the meet if you are competing, but it costs $4 per day if you are not competing ($8 per day for adults). I will send out another email tomorrow night that has our TEAM schedule and more information regarding the state meet. Please let me know if you or your parents have any questions.
Sophomore Region - We are hosting the sophomore region meet at our place on Tuesday (May 13). The other schools will be running the field events, but we will need some help from the juniors and seniors as officials, in the booth, and at the starting and finish lines. ALL sophomores can compete in the meet - and any juniors and seniors who did not qualify for region can also compete in the meet. (If you qualified in one event, but not your others, juniors and seniors can do their other events if they wish). We will not have an excused list (it is a class day). The meet will begin at 3:00pm.
TEAM Banquet/BBQ - Will be on Wednesday, May 21st at 5:00pm at Barnes Park. Hope you can all make it.
Thanks for a great week. I appreciate the way our TEAM competed for each other and supported each other at the Region Championships, and I appreciate your help at the Junior High South End meet on Friday.
Enjoy your Mother's Day - I know that so much of who each of you are (at least your good qualities) comes from your mothers.