I am a little late with the update after an incredible weekend in New York City. The weather has been great, and the outdoor track season is about to be in full swing with the Super Meet at home this week and the Davis District Championships at Syracuse next week - truly some March Madness coming our way. We are excited to start the season off strong. I know some of you might be nervous - but we are ready to go. We had a solid indoor track season, and the training the past two weeks has been outstanding - we have seen hard work, team work, and focus. Try to be relaxed and confident and have fun with these first few meets. Cheer on your teammates and make both meets about our TEAM effort.
New Balance Indoor Nationals (NYC) - 5 of our athletes had a chance to run at the indoor nationals this past weekend. They all took full advantage of the opportunity. Aubrey Argyle competed on Friday night in the 5000m (25 laps on the indoor 200m track). Aubrey ran extremely tough and fearless to finish 4th place and become and All-American (top 6). Her time of 16:50.35. is our school record for the 5k, but Aubrey also set the indoor school record in the 3200m on her way. She came through the 3200 at 10:45.5 (10 seconds under the school record she set a few weeks ago at Simplot). Aubrey showed so much courage going out with the leaders - including the 2 time Footlocker Champion - and then raced with pure guts and determination over the final mile of the race to move up from 7th to 4th.
The boys started with the 4 x mile where we were up against a heavily favored La Salle, RI team that boasted combined PRs of nearly 35 seconds faster than ours - yet we finished only .4 seconds behind them. It was an intense race from start to finish as our two teams pulled away from the pack and were never separated by more than 2 seconds. Stokton Smith started with 4:20, Colter Blanchard had a big PR with 4:19, Logan Mackay came through in 4:18, and Josh Ward wrapped things up with a 4:13. Our overall time of 17:11.87 is the #5 fastest ever run in the U.S. It was a huge confidence boost going into the 4 x 800 only 5 hours later. Rather than focus on being tired from the first race, the boys were determined to prove their strength and will power in their 2nd race. The 4 x 800 relay had 8 of the top 10 ranked teams in the race - and we were ranked 3rd going in with our 7:49 in Boise at the start of February. Josh started us off this time with 1:56.2 - handing off in 2nd place. Stokton came through in 1:56.4 - still handing off in 2nd place. Colter ran another PR with 1:56.9 and handed off only 1/2 a second out of 1st. Logan ran an incredible anchor leg of 1:52.4 to wrap up the victory and the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP with an overall time of 7:42.15 - also the 5th fastest time in U.S. history. It was a great moment for Davis Track & Field. They showed so much mental toughness, guts, and unity throughout both of the races. It came down to their determination to run their best, and they each stood up to the challenge. They ran for their TEAM - each other AND all of their teammates watching and cheering for them at home. I want to express my thanks to these 5 athletes for being great examples of humility, hard work, and team work to me and to their TEAM. I also want to thank the many people who helped them through encouragement and through donations toward the trip (#cerealbarisfinallyover).
If you would like to watch the race videos, they are posted at:
Deseret News Article -http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624271/Davis-High-track-team-turns-in-historic-performance-at-nationals-in-New-York.html
Davis Super Meet (3/17-3/18) - We are going up against some of the strongest teams in Utah this week. The girls compete on Tuesday, and the boys will compete on Wednesday. There will be 8 teams at the meet: Herriman (2014 girls state champions and boys runner-up), Riverton (2014 boys state champions), Lehi, Bingham, East, Weber, and Bountiful. It will be a very good test to start the season. The schedule of events and entries have been emailed out. You can also see the time schedule on the Davis Track Blog (www.darttrack.blogspot.com). The girls have won the Super Meet for the past 13 years. The boys have won 12 of the past 13 years. It should be a great TEAM competition with some very exciting individual events.
Apparel: The t-shirts, jackets, pants, and spandex should all be in by the middle to end of next week. You will need to pay for your items in the office or online before you can pick them up.
Track Fees: Those of you who have not yet paid the $90 track participation fee. Please do so this week. It was due by the end of last week. Thanks!
Congratulations to Jared Ward (2007 Davis Grad) on his 3rd place finish in the L.A. Marathon this weekend with a 2:12 marathon. Jared was the top American in the race which was this year's U.S. Championships - making 2 Ward's national champions within 15 hours of each other. And Congratulations to Shea Martinez (2013 Davis Grad, now running for BYU) on her 7th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships - earning First Team All-American honors.
- Coach Talle