Wednesday, November 23, 2011

XC Update - Nike Regionals

Darts -
I hope that you are all recovered from the trip to Arizona and that you are enjoying your break. Thank you for making the trip a success. Thanks for being well-behaved and for making it fun. And thanks for racing hard and giving your best efforts on Saturday. I know that it was a bitter-sweet day, but I felt proud as we came away from another strong race and another strong season.
Congratulations to the boys. They are on their way to Portland for the 2nd straight year. We finished 2nd in the region behind American Fork. And now we are going to be racing at the Nike Cross Nationals with a goal of finishing in the top 5. Brad Nye led us once again with a 6th place finish - good enough to earn him 1st team all-region. Preston Johnson really came through for us with a gutsy race to finish 12th (2nd team all-region) and Brayden Cromar finished in 16th (3rd team all-region). Skylar Williams was the 3rd fastest sophomore in all of the races combined. I thought Sam Haws, Alex White, Ryan Clark, and Isaac Clouse had particularly strong races and some huge PRs. We still have a young TEAM with most of the boys coming back. I challenge each of you to work with purpose and togetherness over the next 12 months so that we are in a similar position a year from now. It is amazing what you can accomplish with some determination, discipline, and hard work. I especially challenge the freshmen and sophomores that they will follow the examples of the older runners. I think at times our young runners were too content to let the experienced runners carry the TEAM. Getting to where they are does not just happen naturally, it takes commitment and pain. So, over the track season, you younger runners - don't be content just watching our good runners be good - but become part of that as well.
The girls race was not exactly what we had hoped for, but at the same time, I think it is an amazing accomplishment to finish 6th with so many young, new runners on the TEAM. I hope that you each felt a bit of desire to go back in a year more prepared, stronger, faster, and ready to qualify for the Nationals. It is realistically within our reach and our ability. There were some great things I saw in the races last Saturday. I loved how Kenzie, Hannah, Madi, and Aimee (all sophomores) ran together and helped each other in the open race. I thought that all of the girls in the open race fought hard and ran smart, tough races. In the championship race, I know that it was not our day, but I really felt that the girls did everything they could to run for their TEAM. All of the girls in the race ran like "horses". Joanna led the way with a solid PR of 18:48. Nearly a minute improvement from a year ago. Madi dipped under 19 in a 5k for the first time with a 18:55 (which was the 4th fastest 9th grade time in all of the races combined). And Ashley finished up the season with another big PR and huge improvement over a year ago. Lastly, I was really proud of the way that Shea still led the TEAM and ran as hard as she could - not just for herself - but for her teammates. Those type of races are definitely not the most enjoyable (they are flat-out miserable), but they are still important in the overall picture and experience as a runner. Our ups and downs make us stronger, more experienced, and more determined. Just watch, she will bounce back with some amazing track times.
A special thanks to Brad and Janae, the parents, and others who supported us with the trip and with everything else we do.

Nike Regional Times -
Davis Boys -
15:25 - Brad Nye
15:35 - Preston Johnson
15:47 - Brayden Cromar
15:57 - Logan Wood
16:00 - Skylar Williams
16:15 - Jackson Sagers
16:21 - Alex Hedquist
16:27 - Andrew Aposhian
16:28 - Hayden Hansen
16:45 - Phillip Baker
16:53 - Sam Haws
17:21 - Ethan Stuart
17:38 - Justin Schofield
17:39 - Alex White
17:39 - Taylor Goldsberry
17:51 - Josh Ward
18:01 - Ryan Tanner
18:02 - Ryan Clark
18:04 - Seth Thompson
18:17 - Isaac Clouse
18:19 - Tommy Moncur
18:31 - Ryan Lee
18:38 - Trevor Fry
18:44 - Devin Farnsworth
19:23 - Jackson Rayl
19:35 - Dan Wybrow

Davis Girls -
18:48 - Joanna Boyd
18:55 - Madison Garlock
19:00 - Shea Martinez
19:07 - Ashley Tyndall
19:48 - Hannah Albrechtsen
19:48 - Kenzie Weir
19:50 - Madison Bledsoe
19:53 - Aimee Vance
20:00 - Kami Dixon
20:08 - Chelsey Johnson
20:13 - Mikell Wood
20:25 - Katie Frandsen
20:27 - Sierra Graham
20:28 - Janice Hartvigsen
20:32 - Becca Albrechtsen
20:36 - Michaela Uresk
20:54 - Josey Hedquist
21:14 - Nalany Resek
21:20 - Brooke Gutzwiller
21:39 - Shaylee Argyle
22:09 - Whitney Williams
22:20 - Madie McCleary

Nike Photo - the boys TEAM has to submit a photo to Nike for the nationals. We had the photo shoot yesterday - go to my facebook page to vote for ("like") your 3 favorites to help us decide which photo to submit.

Uniforms - if any of you have uniforms that need to be turned in, please do so next week. Some of you borrowed uniform tops for the Nike Regionals. I need them back so I can get a good count before I make an order for track.

Training - I recommend taking the rest of this week off. No running - a mental and physical rest. Next week you are still on your own, but you might want to get in a few distance runs. Nothing too hard - just longer runs as we start to build another base for the track season. We will have our indoor track meeting on December 7th (Wednesday) at which point I will start giving you the daily workouts. Between now and then, listen to your body and enjoy your short break.

It's hard to believe that another season is over (other than the boys going to Nationals, of course). As I reflect back through the season and the past summer, I am grateful for the lessons I have learned. I am grateful for the good times and for the challenges. And I am grateful for our TEAM and for what each of you have brought to it. I hope that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and that you remember how blessed and fortunate you are. Thanks for all you do -
Coach Talley

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