Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cross Country Update - 10/10/10

Darts -
First of all, excellent job at the Syracuse meet on Wednesday. It was raining and a little bit cold, but you were all very positive and I thought we ran very well as a TEAM. You can see the full results on the blog (
We are running very well right now - perfect timing as we head into the final 2 races of the season. I am excited to see what we can accomplish, and I hope that you are all excited and confident that you are going to have your best races and give your best efforts to finish up the season. I hope you all know that we are in this position because of the hard work that you have put in and because of the sacrifices you have made for each other. Thanks for being such a great TEAM. Thanks for trusting in me and your other coaches. Thanks for supporting each other. Over the final 10 days of the season, let's continue to come together and continue to bring the intensity and excitement and passion that makes our TEAM what it is.
In the region race on Wednesday, there are a few records I would like to go after. To make the all-time region list, girls need to run under 22:00, and boys need to be under 17:55. The most boys we have ever had under 17:55 was last year (23). The previous record was 16. I think we can get more than 23 under 17:55 - but we are going to have to see some killer performances by our middle JV guys. I also want to see our varsity go for the all-time TEAM time record on the course. It was set by the 2002 Davis team. We will need to really push the 2nd half of the race to beat it. The most girls we have ever had under 22:00 was last year with 16. It actually tied a previous record. I really think we are in a position to have more girls under 22:00 than ever. The boys will be going for their 15th straight region title. The girls are shooting for #5 in a row.

Coming Up:
Tuesday, Oct. 12th - Mandatory Region Meeting in my classroom at the normal time.
Tuesday, Oct. 12th - TEAM dinners. The boys will be at the Cottrell's house, the girls are going to be at the Brown's house. I will give directions to the houses tomorrow and Tuesday in the meeting. Both dinners will be at 5:30pm. We will be asking you to sign up to bring breadsticks, salad, or some type of dessert. We will also need a few moms (or dads) to go to the houses and help us prepare the spaghetti and sauce.
Wednesday, Oct. 13th - Region Championships at Layton Park. Girls JV - 3:00pm, Boys JV - 3:30pm, Girls Varsity - 4:00pm, Boys Varsity - 4:30pm. If there are any parents who can bring any type of treats - let me know. We are looking for fruit, granola bars, popsicles, fruit snacks, cookies, or anything else (kind of a party after the race). The awards will be at 5:15 - we ask that all of you stay for the awards and the TEAM picture.
Thursday - Saturday (Oct 14, 15, 16) - there is no school. We will still be working out in the morning. The workouts will be primarily for those running at state, but all will be invited to come to the practices. Saturday's workout will be varsity only. Thursday and Friday will be for everyone to attend.
Wednesday, Oct 20th - State Cross Country Championships - more information will be sent out after the region meet.

Athletes of the Week:
Spencer Jones
Devin Vance
Tessa Brown
Ashley Tyndall

Good job to our Alumni this past weekend as well. Logan Petty finished as UVU's 4th man (6th place overall) at the SUU Invite with a time of 25:45 for 8k. Jessie Wilding was 10th overall and UVU's 6th finisher with a 5k time of 19:11. Emily Hansen finished 24th with 20:46. Candace Eddy was 3rd overall at the BYU Homecoming 5k with a time of 18:12. And Jeff Taylor finished 14th at the Idaho State Invite with a 6k time of 20:11 on a tough course (I know because I have run it 3 times). It is awesome to have some of our alumni competing well at the college level. We will get to see many of them race at the end of their season when they compete in the Mountain Regional at Rose Park in Salt Lake.

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