Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Year In Review

2014 was a very solid year for Davis Track and Cross Country. No doubt we had our challenges, but we also saw so many success stories over the past year. Both the boys and the girls were the Utah Indoor State Champions. We had one of our best showings and largest TEAMs ever at the Simplot Games. Trevor Leavitt set the indoor school records in the 200m and the 400m. And we had all-time top 5 indoor marks from Taylor Cox in the 400m (4th), 800m (2nd), and 1600m (3rd); Aubrey Argyle in the 3200 (2nd); Kenzie Weir in the 3200 (5th); Andrew Tyndall in the pole vault (4th) and the triple jump (2nd); Carson Hunt in the 60m (4th); and Logan MacKay in the 800m (4th).
We continued our strength in outdoor track. Both the girls and the boys were Davis District Champions, BYU Invite Champions, and Region Champions. Things may not have fallen our way at the state meet (2nd for the girls and 7th for the boys), but we showed a lot of character, fight, and unity in everything we did. And our young athletes gained some valuable experience. Here are some of our top individual marks from outdoor track: Trevor Leavitt - 47.00 in the 400m for the school and state record; Trevor Leavitt - 21.58 in the 200m dash for a new school record; Andrew Tyndall - 14'11.50 in the pole vault and also state champion in the pole vault; Nate Allred - 6'05 in the high jump and 2nd at state; Palmer Flood - 39.09 in the 300m hurdles and 6th at state; Logan MacKay - 1:55.59 and 4th at state in the 800m; Josh Ward - 9:14.50 in the 3200m at Arcadia; Paige Erickson - 10'00 and 2nd at state in the pole vault (Davis #3 all-time); Kendall Sargent - 121'06 and 2nd at state in the javelin; Jordan Barnett and Megan Rowe - ran 45.25 and 45.47 their first year hurdling for 3rd and 4th at state; Melanie Sullivan - 400m in 57.33 for 2nd at state (Davis #2 all-time); Taylor Cox - 2:12.55 in the 800m for 2nd at state and 4:52.92 in the 1600m at Arcadia; and Aubrey Argyle- 3200m in 10:49.85 at Arcadia and 3rd at state, leading a killer group of freshman girls (Aubrey, Ally Geisler, and Miah Weaver). We had a number of athletes sign for or go on to compete at NCAA Division 1 Schools - Trevor Leavitt (BYU), Andrew Tyndall (SUU), Taylor Cox (Weber State), Kendall Sargent (BYU), Kenzie Weir (BYU), Hannah Albrechtsen (BYU), Ashley Tyndall (SUU), Sierra Graham (USU), Hailee Carattini (USU), and Rachel Anderson (USU).
Our cross country season this past fall was one of our most successful seasons on a national level. Our girls team did a stellar job replacing 6 seniors who graduated in the spring. The girls won the Highland Invite, the BYU Invite, the USU Invite, the Bob Firman Invite, the District and Region Championships, and finished a close 2nd at the state championships behind American Fork. The girls kept working hard and finished 3rd at the Nike Southwest Regional and earned a spot at the Nike Nationals where they finished 15th. It is a young group who we are sure to see great things from in the next 2 years. Aubrey Argyle was 2nd at state and ran the fastest time ever for a Davis girl, and Ally Geisler finished 3rd at state. The boys were arguably the 2nd best team in school history. The boys won the BYU Invite, the USU Invite, the Bob Firman Invite (in a team time record), the District and Region Championships, and also finished 2nd to American Fork at the state meet. We nearly pulled off the upset at the Southwest Regional meet, finishing 2nd to American Fork by only 3 points. The boys went on to finish 6th at the Nike Nationals - our 2nd highest finish ever. Stokton Smith (5th) and Logan MacKay (8th) were all-state; and Josh Ward was our top finisher at Nike Nationals.
As I look back at the year, I am very proud of all that we have accomplished. Both the track and cross country teams were full of energy, commitment, and teamwork. We had so many athletes who were willing to work hard and make our program great. As we move forward with 2015, I hope that each of you will make the commitment to do your best and to contribute to another successful year. We have some high potential and some high expectations for this TEAM. I am excited to see your growth and progress as the year goes on. I am excited to see who will step up and be the biggest surprises of this next year. I am positive that we will face challenges again in 2015, but I am excited to see how we respond to those challenges - hopefully with strength, determination, and unity. This is a great TEAM to be a part of, and I hope that each of you will realize how special it is to represent Davis High in all we do.