Saturday, September 15, 2012

DXC Update - BYU Invite

Darts - 
We are at the end of two very busy and very difficult weeks. In the past 11 days, we have had 5 days with races of some sort. The rest of the season is not going to feel so busy. Things slow down for us over the next month, and we never have more than one meet in a week. I am looking forward to getting some solid training in, and being able to really focus for the one meet each week. I would imagine that some of you are physically and mentally tired after the past two weeks, so I am going to challenge you to approach the next 2-3 weeks with some serious commitment, desire, and focus on being your very best. Take a step back and remind yourself why you are running cross country: to push yourself to be your very best at something, to accomplish things that you might not have thought possible, to be part of a great TEAM, or whatever reason it is. And really go for that through the rest of the season. The season will be over before you know it. A lot can happen in 5 weeks, and you will all get opportunities to test yourselves both physically and mentally. I feel like we have some great experiences still to come this season; I hope you all approach them with a positive attitude, with a lot of TEAM unity, and with passion for what you are committed to. Keep setting goals, keep taking care of yourselves, stay hungry for improvement.  

Davis District Championships - we had some very strong performances on Wednesday at the District Championships - our TEAM home with 40 medals (the most we could possibly get). Our JV girls took the top 15 spots - led by a very tight 1-2 finish by Madi Bledsoe and Sierra Haslam (both at 18:25). The JV boys had 20 of the top 22 spots - led by a break away first place from Josh Ward (15:24). Both our varsity boys and girls were held back a little in preparation for the BYU Invitational, but the girls still finished with 11 of the top 14, and the boys had 10 in the top 14. Kenzie Weir was our top finisher on the girls side with 2nd place in 17:48 and Skylar Williams won the boys race in 14:35. The best part about Wednesday is that we raced as a TEAM. You can see the full results at

BYU Invitational - On Friday night we went to the Cascade Golf Course for the elite varsity race of the BYU Autumn Classic. There were only 5 girls teams and 7 boys teams entered in the meet. In addition to the high school races, there was a college men's race and a college women's race. In the girls race, we faced some of the toughest competition in the state from Ogden and American Fork - both very strong teams. Our girls came away with the TEAM title by 23 points over Ogden. Ellie Child ran a very patient race with a strong finish to get the individual victory in 18:03 (despite some confusion I may have caused with about 100m to go). Shea Martinez also looked strong with her 3rd place finish in 18:16. Kami Dixon, Joanna Boyd, and Mikell Wood came through big time for us with their 7-12-13 finishes, respectively. On the boys side, we are making some progress. Brayden Cromar followed the race plan perfectly and moved up very well over the final mile of the race to finish in 5th. Alex Hedquist, Andrew Aposhian, Skylar Williams, and Hayden Hansen were our other scorers and we had a :37 gap from 1-5. Our small gap from 1-5 is one of the things that really makes our boys TEAM strong. Tightening that gap even more is something that we are going to continue to work on over the next few weeks and the next few races.
On Saturday, we went back down to Provo to run on the BYU campus course with the rest of our TEAM. The Cascade course measured close to 3.05 miles (about 10-15 seconds shy of a 5k), and the campus course measured just longer than a 5k (by 10-15 seconds) and the races got hotter and tougher as the morning went on. So many good things happened at the Saturday race that it would be hard to list them all. We did have 36 individuals finish in the top 30 to earn t-shirts, we earned plaques for finishing in the top 2 in all 6 TEAM races - including our top JV runners competing in the Varsity races (girls finished 1st and boys finished 2nd). That gave us 8 out of 8 plaques for the entire invite including Friday night. We had some great individual performances from Bryce Ferguson, Colton Rimann, Adam Aposhian, Matt Hawkins, Kimball Potter, JR Oldham, Tanner Horrocks, Stokton Smith, Josh Ward, Nicole Wood, Sydney Zaugg, Sierra Haslam, Elise Anderson, Shaylee Argyle, Kenzie Weir, and many others (see what I mean - a LOT of good things). I was very proud to be part of the Davis program as race after race we performed as a TEAM, and I really felt we had the toughest kids out there. The Davis results are listed below, and the full results can be found on 
Basically, we are running strong, and we still have room for improvement. I expect to see most of our PRs over the final weeks of the season. 
It was also nice to see so many of our college runners perform on Friday night - good job to the following:
Men (4 miles):
Jared Ward, BYU - 1st place - 20:02
Josh Adams, BYU - 17th - 20:41
Brad Nye, BYU - 27th - 21:22
Logan Wood, UVU - 38th - 21:41
Seth Gutzwiller, UVU - 61st - 22:49
Women (5k):
Candace Eddy-Carlisle, BYU - 9th - 17:54
Katie Swanson, BYU - 23rd - 18:29
Meghan Hedquist, BYU - 25th - 18:41
Natalie Haws, Weber State - 30th, 18:54
Anna Ward, UVU, 49th - 20:29
*Candace, Katie, Meghan, and Natalie were all part of our 2007 state championship team - the first one in school history. That team also went on to finish 9th at Nike Nationals with the four of them running.

Top of Utah Marathon - Congrats to Devin Lang for finishing 7th in his first ever marathon with a very impressive time of 2:40.09. Congrats to my wife, Stefanie, for her 4th place finish in 2:54.25. And congrats to Tracey Munson, Whitney Williams, and Katie Christensen (all Davis Alum) for finishing their first marathons like champions! - You girls make us proud. 

Coming Up:
Devin Lang's Mission Farewell - for those of you who would like to attend. Devin's farewell is tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:45 at the chapel on Fairfield Rd to the south of Fairfield Jr. High. He is going to the Spokane, WA mission. 
Bob Firman Invitational - We are leaving on Friday at 6:45am. The races are on Saturday. I emailed out the itinerary earlier this week. Please pay the $110 in the office by Tuesday. Let me know if you have any other questions. I am sure that I will send out one more email about the trip on Monday or Tuesday. 
Wednesday, 9/19 - TEAM pictures. Bring your uniforms. We will take pictures at 3:10 in the bleachers. 
Thursday, 9/20 - Mandatory Bob Firman meeting after the workout (won't take long).

Athletes of the Week (I will start handing out water bottles this week to all of the athletes of the week so far)
Kenzie Weir
Kami Dixon
Sierra Haslam
Colton Rimann
Brayden Cromar
Matt Hawkins
and Devin Lang for his marathon finish

BYU Autumn Classic - 
Elite Varsity Girls (Cascade Golf Course):
1. 18:03  Ellie Child
3. 18:16  Shea Martinez
7. 18:46  Kami Dixon
12. 19:01  Joanna Boyd
13. 19:03  Mikell Wood
17. 19:20  Ashley Tyndall
21. 19:25  Chelsey Johnson
Team Scores:
1. Davis 33
2. Ogden 56
3. American Fork 57

Varsity Girls (BYU Campus Course):
2. 20:07  Kenzie Weir
6. 20:26  Madi Garlock
7. 20:32  Aimee Vance
8. 20:33  Sierra Graham
9. 20:41  Taylor Cox
14. 20:50  Josey Hedquist
16. 21:09  Michaela Uresk
Team Scores:
1. Davis 27
2. Timpanogos 99
3. Provo 107
JV Girls (Juniors and Seniors):
5. 20:56  Sierra Haslam
6. 21:10  Elise Anderson
7. 21:18  Madi Bledsoe
9. 21:33  Katie Frandsen
11. 21:50  Sadie Hutchinson
18. 22:07  Shaylee Argyle
24. 22:51  Hannah Albrechtsen
Team Scores:
1. Davis 32
2. Orem 95
3. Timpview 99

JV Girls (Freshman and Sophomore)
7. 21:23  Nicole Wood
12. 22:07  Kaitlyn Datwyler
16. 22:32  Tiahna Cipriano
19. 22:41  Sophie Cottrell
31. 23:12  Sydney Zaugg
43. 24:10  BriAnna Gipson
76. 26:58  Ella Palmer
117. 31:20  Paige Peterson
Team Scores:
1. Westlake 66
2. Davis 68
3. Snow Canyon 83

Elite Varsity Boys (Cascade Course)
5. 15:28  Brayden Cromar
12. 15:51  Alex Hedquist
16. 15:53  Andrew Aposhian
20. 16:01  Skylar Williams
22. 16:05  Hayden Hansen
24. 16:16  Taylor Goldsberry
43. 17:08  Jackson Sagers
Team Scores:
1. American Fork 36
2. Davis 63
3. Ogden 92

Varsity Boys (BYU Campus Course)
11. 17:07  Stokton Smith
17. 17:22  Sam Haws
21. 17:27  Josh Ward
26. 17:34  Seth Thompson
38. 18:11  Jordan Stuart
52. 18:29  Ryan Tanner
65. 18:42  Ryan Lee
Team Scores
1. Timpanogos 58 
2. Davis 101
3. Provo 148

JV Boys (Juniors and Seniors):
3. 17:39  Matt Hawkins  
5. 17:57  Kimball Potter  
8. 18:00  Isaac Clouse  
10. 18:08  Alex White
11. 18:17  Andrew Tyndall
23. 18:50  Kent Thompson
24. 18:54  Joseph Bailey
25. 18:54  JR Oldham
50. 19:28  Nate Butterfield
51. 19:29  Josh Martineau
56. 19:37  Blake Garrett
62. 19:44  Trevor Fry
72. 19:58  Tanner Horrocks
106. 20:39  Josh Robinson
Team Scores:
1. Davis 37
2. Timpanogos 91
3. Orem 173

Boys JV (Freshman and Sophomores)
4. 18:16  Bryce Ferguson
5. 18:20  Colton Rimann
15. 18:37  Mitch Perry
19. 18:58  Brandon Peters
25. 19:15  Daniel Tumblin
28. 19:21  Gavin Sundahl
33. 19:36  Caleb Gipson
57. 20:37  Brady England
59. 20:42  Adam Aposhian
98. 22:13  Nathaniel Neubert
104. 22:21  Britton Porter
135. 24:02  Brigham Valentine
Team Scores:
1. Timpanogos 53
2. Davis 63
3. Westlake 73

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