BYU Invitational - We had some incredible performances at the BYU Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It began on Friday with the girls 3200m where we had 6 of the 12 girls who qualified for 5A. We were led by Aubrey Argyle who finished 2nd overall with a great time of 10:55. The only other finals on Friday were in the field events. Paige Erickson and Liz Jones both scored in the pole vault. Paige cleared 8'11 and Liz had a PR of 8'03. Dallin Baires qualified for finals in the shot put where he finished 9th. In the trials on Friday, we had a bunch of new PRs and season bests. In the high hurdles, Jaron Erickson ran a very strong time of 15.26 to make the finals, Palmer Flood improved his PR to 15.54, Olivia Richards ran 15.30 and Hailee Carattini ran 15.74 - both made finals. In the 400m, Melanie Sullivan improved her PR to 59.30 - just missing finals, but it was the 4th best 5A time of the weekend. Trevor Leavitt ran 47.18 in the trials, lowering his school record again. In the 300m Hurdles, Jordan Barnett ran a PR of 45.89 to qualify for finals, and Megan Rowe ran 46.81 to qualify for state. Palmer Flood also qualified for finals to wrap up the day for our Hurdle Mafia - who had 9/10 new PRs on Friday. We also looked strong in the 200m - where Melanie Sullivan (26.16) and Elise Berning (26.29) both qualified for state and Trevor ran 21.50 (wind aided) to qualify for the finals.
On Saturday, we were led by a strong day once again from Trevor Leavitt. His 400m victory was very inspiring. He went out smooth and finished with guts to run 47.00 - a new STATE RECORD by .01, and the fastest time EVER from a Utahn. Trevor also finished 3rd in the 200m and anchored two of our relays, all within about 2 1/2 hours. Our other boy scorers included Andrew Tyndall in the pole vault (1st place - 14'11), sophomore Matt Calvin in the pole vault (5th place - 13'00), sophomore Nate Allred in the high jump (5ht place - 6'03), sophomore Jaron Erickson in the 110 hurdles (7th), Palmer Flood in the 300m hurdles (6th), and all 3 relay teams - the medley was 2nd, the 4 x 100 ran a HUGE season best for 3rd, and the 4 x 400 team finished 3rd. We also had some great PRs - including 3 new 1600m PRs (Stokton, Colter, and Kimball) and 2 new 800m PRs (Logan and Colter).
The girls also had a strong day on Saturday. Olivia and Hailee finished 2nd and 7th in the 100 hurdles. Jordan Barnett finished 6th in the 300 hurdles. Taylor Cox was busy with a 4th place finish in the 1600, a 4th place finish in the 800, and an outstanding 57.7 final leg split in the 4 x 400. A lot of our points came from the relays - we finished 5th in the medley with our best time of the season, and 1st in our 4 x 400 - also with a season best of 3:57.79. We also had some great PRs including state qualifying marks in the 800 by Miah (2:21) and Tatum (2:20), and a state qualifying mark in the 1600 by Chelsey (5:11). We also had a great throw by Kendall in the javelin (108'00) to qualify for state.
At the end of the meet, we were tired but satisfied. The BYU Invite really is one of the hardest meets to win because it is a combination of 3A - 4A - and 5A schools. It took some very gutsy, tough performances. The girls ended up winning by 6.5 points and the boys won by 15. It is the 7th year in a row that the boys have won the BYU Invite. It is the 3rd time in the past 4 years that the girls have won.
Girls Team Scores
1. Davis 52.5
2. Box Elder 46
3. Desert Hills 35
4. Park City 34
5. Maple Mountain 33
6. Riverton 30
6. Morgan 30
(over 80 schools were represented)
Boys Team Scores
1. Davis 59.5
2. Lehi 44
3. Woods Cross 40
4. Orem 39
4. Sky View 39
6. Desert Hills 34
7. Riverton 33.5
The Region Championships are this week on Wednesday and Thursday (May 7-8) at Syracuse High School. The track meet will start both days at 3:30. I have attached the schedule, but we will not know who has qualified for sure until after the coaches meeting on Monday night (May 5th). The top 18 marks in each event from the 7 schools in the region automatically get in, and then each school gets to choose 2 more 'wildcards'. I will have my estimated Davis entries at practice tomorrow and the final accepted entries will be emailed out tomorrow night. We will compete in our brown and gold uniforms (not the throwbacks). I would like the entire TEAM to dress up nice on Wednesday for school (even if you are not competing), and the entire TEAM to wear something to do with Davis Track & Field to school on Thursday. You will be excused both days at 1:30 and the buses will leave at 1:45. The excuse list will include all of you - if you are not going to the meet, please do NOT get out of class. I hope that all of you will come to the meet and support your teammates. If you cannot miss 4th/8th period - you are welcome to come over with your parents after school. I would also like everyone to stay until the end of the meet on Thursday. We will need the full TEAM support throughout the finals on Thursday. Let me know if you or your parents have any questions.
Junior High South End Championships - we are hosting the South End on Friday, May 8th. I am going to need many of you to help. It will start during track class (at 2:00pm). Thanks in advance for your help - it should be fun to see some of our future athletes shine.
Sophomore Region - we are hosting the sophomore region meet on Tuesday, May 13th. It will begin at 3:00pm. All sophomores, and any juniors and seniors who didn't qualify for region, can compete.
The State Championships are Friday-Saturday (May 16-17). I will send out more information next weekend. The state championship schedule can be found at http://www.uhsaa.org/btrack/2014/Info.pdf
I hope that most of you can come down and support the TEAM - even if you do not qualify for the meet.
Track BBQ/Banquet - Is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 21st at 5:00pm at Barnes Park. We will have a barbecue and hand out a few season ending awards.
To use a track analogy, we are down to the homestretch. Bring a positive, hungry attitude to everything we do from here out - every workout, every race, every attempt. Be unified - support your TEAM and compete for your TEAM. Have no regrets over the final 2 weeks - leave everything on the track and the field. Compete with passion and purpose - and have fun! Let's make 2014 region and state memorable.