Saturday, August 24, 2013

DXC Summer Update - Week 12

Darts -
Great workout this morning. I really like how the entire TEAM was close together and really getting after that monster hill. It was an awesome way to end a very strong summer. I hope you are coming off of this week (our final week of summer and our first cross country meet) with a hunger to be the best TEAM we can be. Everyone on the TEAM can contribute through your attitude and your effort each day at practice and every time we get the chance to race.   

Highland Invite: We had a very exciting and successful opening cross country meet on Thursday. It was hard to know what to expect going into the race. We lost so many of our top runners to graduation, but I knew that our summer work was going to show. I felt very positive about the outcome - not just about our team places in each of the races (3 firsts and 3 seconds) - but mostly by your efforts throughout the race. 
I think the first race set a perfect tone for our TEAM. We have an excellent group of young runners, and as the freshman/sophomore boys race developed, it was evident that we were right in the mix. By the end, we had pulled away to win by 121 points - basically a blowout. Our young boys were led by four top 10 finishers - Camren Todd (2), Lance Thornton (4), Frasier Williamson (6), and Matt Ward (7) - and we had a solid group to follow them. It was a great sign for the future of the program. The freshman sophomore girls kept us going and nearly pulled off the victory - losing by just 6 points to Mountain Crest. We were led in that race by Sara Williams (7th) and Sydney Zaugg (13th). 
In the JV Boys race we were back quite a bit in 3rd or 4th place at the half way point, but closed extremely well to move up within 9 points of Westlake for first place. We had 3 boys run under 17:00 - Daniel Tumblin (2nd), Logan MacKay (with a HUGE finish for 4th), and Kent Thompson in 11th. We had a very strong group with 10 boys in the top 35. The JV Girls Race was our most dominant race of the day. We had other teams asking if we were running our varsity girls in the JV Race. With 5 runners scoring in cross country, a perfect score is 15 points if you add up the places 1-5 (low score wins). Our JV girls finished with the top 8 places - led by Josey Hedquist (1st), Grace Neuenschwander (2nd), and Ally Geisler (3rd). Grace and Ally were the 4th and 6th fastest freshman girls in the entire meet (including varsity). 
We kept our momentum going in the varsity races where we were very close to pulling off the sweep of both boys and girls champions. The boys finished only 6 points behind Bingham (74-80) with the 3rd place team over 60 points back. Skylar ran a great race to finish 7th in a highly competitive field from all divisions. Stokton ran strong for 13th and was the 2nd fastest junior in the race. Josh, Colton, and Kimball also worked well together throughout the race to all finish in the top 25. It gave us a better start than we may have expected, but really just shows that if we work for it, we can accomplish a lot of great things this season. The varsity girls race was very fun to watch because of our pack. It was fun to have all 7 girls together for nearly 1/2 of the race. Imagine being the #2 runner from another (good) team and having a pack of 7 Davis runners come by within a few seconds. It was definitely a statement as we put 7 girls in the top 24 and finished more than 50 points ahead of 2nd place in against a highly ranked field. We were led by Hannah Albrechtsen who moved from 12th to 4th in the final mile of the race. Hannah was followed closely by Ashley (11th), Taylor (13th), Miah (15th), and Aimee (18th). We looked good and can be even better as we keep that pack together longer into the race.  
Overall, we raced smart - we can be even smarter; we raced tough - we can be even tougher; we raced as a TEAM - we can do even better at staying packed together and responding to one another in the race. Even though it was a great first race, I hope none of you were satisfied. We should be pushing hard to get better each week.

Summer Miles: We have finished the final week of the summer. Please send me your totals for week 12 - and any other week you might be missing. I would like to have the mileage finalized by Monday. The boys have broken the all-time summer mileage record; the girls are very close - so all girls need to make sure to report. I thought the first half of the summer went extremely well for the whole TEAM. I have felt a little bit of slacking the last few weeks from some of you. If you feel that you didn't end the summer like you should have, I hope that you will go into the season with a determination to be more disciplined and more passionate about being your best as a runner. I hope that even though you are no longer required to email me your training logs, that you will still keep a training log. I promise it will help you to be a better, more educated runner. It is important for each of you to take ownership over your own running and your own improvement - a personal training log is one way to do that. Challenge yourself and we will rise to individual and TEAM greatness!! 
Congratulations to the shoe winners (for having the most miles for their grade): Tom Moncur or Josh Robinson (too close to call right now), Josh Ward, Colton Rimann, Frasier Williamson or Kelton Johnson, Sierra Graham or Aimee Vance, Josey Hedquist, Sam Hedquist, and Aubrey Argyle. 

Coming Up:
Monday - Meet in my classroom at 2:45 (I will put on video from the race at about 2:30 if you want to come early). Freshman should come to my classroom when you get there. Usually we will meet you at the south doors - but on Monday, we will still be in my classroom when you get there. 
Monday 5:00pm - Makeup Drug Testing Meeting - the athlete and 1 parent needs to be present to sign the paper. After Monday, if the paper is not signed and turned in, you are not eligible to participate in practice or meets until the paper is turned in.
*I will hand out our September training schedule on Monday at the meeting.
*We are NOT going to the Utah County Invite on Saturday, August 31st (see attached schedule).
Tuesday, September 3rd - Pre-Region at Layton Park - our next race - more details to come. 

Athletes of the Week:
Kent Thompson - had a huge improvement over his Dart Challenge and finished the race like a BEAST
Camren Todd - stayed patient and came on very strong to place 2nd in the freshman/sophomore race and lead us to victory
Miah Weaver - ran very tough as our #5 in varsity, despite dealing with some wicked poison ivy
Alex Tanner - made a huge improvement over her Dart Challenge race

Great final week of summer. Good luck with your first week of school. Be focused and determined on your school work like you are on your running. I want to see a lot of GPAs above a 3.5 at the end of 1st Term. Please use cross country as a motivator and never as an excuse. 
See you Monday. 
~Coach Talley

Here are the TEAM results from the Highland Invite (full results can be found at - 
Girls Varsity
5. 17:44 - Hannah Albrechtsen 
11. 18:05 - Ashley Tyndall
13. 18:13 - Taylor Cox
15. 18:22 - Miah Weaver
18. 18:27 - Aimee Vance
23. 18:36 - Sierra Graham
24. 18:39 - Kenzie Weir
*210 Total Runners
Team Scores:
1. Davis 62
2. Bingham 116
3. Timpanogos 144
4. Park City 171
5. Ogden 196

Girls JV
1. 19:14 - Josey Hedquist
2. 19:26 - Grace Neuenschwander
3. 19:39 - Ally Geisler
4. 20:24 - Nicole Wood
5. 21:03 - Kaitlyn Datwyler
6. 21:07 - Madi Bledsoe
7. 21:12 - Alex Tanner
8. 21:19 - Elise Anderson
19. 22:28 - Morgan Miller
33. 23:12 - Sophie Cottrell
*180 Total Runners
Team Scores:
1. Davis 15 (Perfect Score!!!)
2. Mountain Crest 108
3. Jordan 140
4. Sky View 175
5. Stansbury 176

Girls Freshman/Sophomore
7. 22:08 - Sara Williams 
13. 22:36 - Sydney Zaugg
20. 23:08 - Sariah Dixon
21. 23:14 - BriAnna Gipson
57. 24:40 - Rachel Clouse
86. 25:47 - Ally Smith
178. 31:43 - Amber Berry
*203 Total Runners
Team Scores
1. Mountain Crest 98
2. Davis 104
3. Herriman 133
4. Timpanogos 133
5. Park City 144

Boys Varsity
7. 15:17 - Skylar Williams
11. 15:34 - Stokton Smith
16. 15:46 - Josh Ward
21. 15:49 - Colton Rimann
25. 15:56 - Kimball Potter
62. 16:25 - Ethan Stuart
92. 16:49 - Brandon Peters
*238 Total Runners
Team Scores:
1. Bingham 74
2. Davis 80
3. Timpanogos 144
4. Ogden 158
5. Riverton 179

Boys JV
2. 16:40 - Daniel Tumblin
4. 16:46 - Logan MacKay
11. 16:57 - Kent Thompson
16. 17:03 - Britton Porter
18. 17:04 - Adam Aposhian
19. 17:10 - Tom Moncur
25. 17:23 - Alex White
30. 17:35 - JR Oldham
34. 17:41 - Bryce Ferguson
35. 17:42 - Zach Wilde
43. 17:52 - Josh Robinson
59. 18:07 - Gavin Sundahl
74. 18:31 - Brady England
75. 18:33 - Mitch Perry
93. 18:55 - Jackson Rayl
102. 19:03 - Tanner Horrocks
103. 19:04 - Caleb Gipson
118. 19:16 - Kyle Beech
123. 19:21 - Nathaniel Neubert
128. 19:25 - Josh Haviland
163. 19:59 - Nate Butterfield
*308 Total Runners
Team Scores:
1. Westlake 42
2. Davis 51
3. Timpanogos 74
4. Mountain Crest 171
5. Bingham 177

Boys Freshman/Sophomore
2. 17:21 - Camren Todd
4. 17:34 - Lance Thornton
6. 17:36 - Frasier Williamson
7. 17:38 - Matt Ward
16. 18:12 - Kelton Johnson
29. 18:35 - Josh Christiansen
52. 19:09 - Lance Ford
72. 19:29 - Josh Peters
74. 19:31 - Nate Welling
81. 19:37 - Dallin Kitchen
97. 19:49 - Josh Wilkinson
100. 19:50 - Jason Lang
111. 20:02 - Jason Boyd
115. 20:06 - Trevor Zimmerman
121. 20:13 - Jace Callor
187. 21:11 - Branson Petty
201. 21:36 - Zach Moncur
217. 22:07 - Brandon Christensen
273. 24:18 - Cole Stephenson
302. 28:15 - Seth Valentine
*318 Total Runners
Team Score:
1. Davis 31 
2. Bonneville 152
3. Herriman 154
4. Olympus 216
5. Syracuse 231

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