Sunday, October 6, 2013

DXC Update - Westlake Invitational

Darts - 
It is hard to believe that we are already at the championship part of our season. The state cross country championships are only 17 days away. It goes without saying that the upcoming week is crucial to our performance at the state meet. It is also very important that EVERYONE take care of themselves and prepare both physically and mentally starting NOW for the region and state championships. Make sure you are getting the sleep you need, staying on top of your schoolwork, eating well, and thinking positively. We have put so much time preparing for these final races - summer mileage, mile repeats, tempo runs, hill repeats, distance runs, previous races, 400s, vita course, and so many other things. This is our time! The improvement we have seen up to this point in the season is phenomenal, but we have even more in us. Believe in yourselves and in your TEAM, and put everything you have into your final races of the season. I hope you all know that you have made me a believer that this TEAM can accomplish great things - I believe in each of you. If you are not satisfied with the season so far, give your all these final races so that you can walk away satisfied and proud of your efforts.  
We had two very solid races this week. We did a good job running as a TEAM at the region meet at Viewmont. We swept all 4 races, and we are looking good going into the region championships in 8 days. 
We also looked strong at the Westlake Invitational. I was most impressed with our JV squads. We had 28 boys in the JV race run under 18:00 (under 6:00 per mile). We had some huge improvements over the past few races from Frasier Williamson, Brandon Peters, Matt Ward, Mitch Perry, Josh Christiansen, Logan Haviland, Jason Lang, Zach Moncur, Jake Welling, Nate Butterfield, Josh Peters, and Dallin Kitchen - who each improved by over 100 seconds from their Bob Firman races. Our goal was to risk a little more than normal during the middle of the race and then trust that we could finish as strong as we have been finishing - the JV boys definitely did that. We came out victorious over Westlake who had beat our JV boys earlier in the year (Highland Invite). The JV girls also came out victorious over a deep American Fork team. Our biggest improvements came from Morgan Miller, Sophie Cottrell, Sariah Dixon, Sydney Zaugg, Amber Berry, and Baylee Reynolds. 
The boys varsity race had 6 of the top 50 teams in the U.S. We ended up 3rd place in a very tight race. We are going to see the top 5 teams at the state meet and it is going to be a fight. American Fork (who will most likely run their varsity), Bingham, Lone Peak, Westlake, and Riverton (who ran well at Park City), are all going to be in the 5A race. The state meet might be the deepest and most competitive it has ever been. At Westlake, we ended only 8 points out of first place. We were led once again gutsy races from both Skylar and Josh. Our strongest performance in the varsity race came from Logan MacKay who had a huge 2nd half of the race to end up as our #3 runner. We are continuing to show progress - but we have got to really come together and really prepare for the final 2 weeks. 
The varsity girls got some exciting news on Thursday this week when we found out we are currently ranked #1 in the U.S. (after our record-breaking performance at Bob Firman). You can see the rankings here - It is news we have decided not to focus on. We are not going to get too caught up in the hype of the position - but instead we are going to take it one workout and one race at a time - continuing to work hard, have fun, be unified, and love what we are doing. We had a strong showing at Westlake with 8 girls in the top 16 runners. Aubrey ended up 2nd with 17:24 and showed a lot of guts down the final 800m. Ally also came through big for us with her 12th place finish as our 5th runner. 

Athletes of the Week: Sariah Dixon, Sophie Cottrell, Baylee Reynolds, Frasier Williamson, Mitch Perry, Jason Lang

Coming Up:
Wednesday (10/9) - Open Region Meet @ Barnes Park - You will be excused from school at 2:00 in order to come out to Barnes Park. I would like everyone there as close to 2:30 as possible - we are not using a bus. Try to organize your rides before Wednesday. The course is 3.0 miles. The temperature is supposed to be around 70 degrees - it should be a beautiful day. If any parents would like to bring popsicles, we will have the cooler. The schedule will go as follows:
Girls JV - 3:30
Boys JV - 4:00
Girls Varsity - 4:30
Boys Varsity - 5:00 (I will announce who is running varsity at Monday's practice)

Thursday (10/10) - TEAM Pictures - Bring your uniforms!!!! (Even if you didn't get to wash them after the race on Wednesday)

Friday (10/11) - TEAM Dinners - We will have our region TEAM dinners on Friday night at 6:30pm - the boys and girls dinners will be at separate places. Seniors need to be ready to inspire their teammates in some way. We will be doing the food assignments on Thursday. The location is TBD.

Monday (10/14) - Region Championships - The Region Championships will be at Layton Park on the 3.0 mile course. The JV girls is at 3:00, JV boys at 3:30, Varsity Girls at 4:00, and Varsity Boys at 4:30. I expect everyone to stay for the awards at 5:15. More details to come.

Wednesday (10/23) - State Championships - will be at Sugarhouse Park. The 5A girls will race at 2:00 and the 5A boys will race at 3:30. Everyone is expected to go to the state championships - not just the top 7 who are racing. We will have 2 buses. 

Westlake Invitational (full results on
Girls JV
2. Grace Neuenschwander 19:12
3. Sam Hedquist 19:21
4. Miah Weaver 19:34
5. Chelsey Johnson 19:35
10. Madi Bledsoe 20:00
12. Alex Tanner 20:16
13. Nicole Wood 20:18
14. Morgan Miller 20:26
16. Sara Williams 20:32
17. Sydney Zaugg 20:32
18. Sariah Dixon 20:34
20. Kaitlyn Datwyler 20:45
22. Sophie Cottrell 21:05
52. Louisa Twitchell 22:12
94. Hannah Naylor 23:36
95. Amber Berry 23:36
105. Ella Palmer 23:52
116. Emma Call 24:11
170. Baylee Reynolds 26:47
*203 Total Runners
Team Scores:
1. Davis 24
2. American Fork 31
3. Lone Peak 109
4. Westlake 146
5. Copper Hills 182
6. Bingham 183

Girls Varsity
2. Aubrey Argyle 17:24
5. Taylor Cox 17:44
7. Ashley Tyndall 17:48
8. Kenzie Weir 17:53
12. Ally Geisler 18:00
13. Hannah Albrechtsen 18:10
15. Aimee Vance 18:13
16. Sierra Graham 18:14
32. Josey Hedquist 18:48
*127 Total Runners
Team Scores:
1. Davis 34
2. American Fork 82
3. Bingham 115
4. Orem 167
5. Provo 185
6. Jackson, WY 193
7. Mountain View 196

Boys JV
2. Kent Thompson 16:12
5. Frasier Williamson 16:22
8. Camren Todd 16:27
9. Britton Porter 16:27
10. Matt Ward 16:28
11. Daniel Tumblin 16:32
12. Brandon Peters 16:35
19. Mitch Perry 16:48
22. Tom Moncur 16:53
24. Bryce Ferguson 16:59
28. JR Oldham 17:01
32. Zach Wilde 17:06
35. Logan Haviland 17:09
36. Jackson Rayl 17:11
37. Jason Lang 17:11
38. Josh Christiansen 17:12
42. Josh Robinson 17:27
44. Adam Aposhian 17:28
46. Gavin Sundahl 17:30
51. Zach Moncur 17:35
52. Kelton Johnson 17:35
64. Brady England 17:46
66. Solomon Twitchell 17:48
70. Jake Welling 17:50
79. Nate Butterfield 17:54
82. Dallin Kitchen 17:56
83. Caleb Gipson 17:56
85. Tanner Horrocks 17:57
96. Lance Ford 18:07
98. McGyver Clark 18:10
99. Jason Boyd 18:11
103. Josh Peters 18:15
113. Jace Callor 18:25
114. Kyle Beech 18:25
119. Spencer Rindlisbacher 18:29
124. Josh Wilkinson 18:32
145. Josh Haviland 18:54
149. Brandon Christensen 18:57
154. Trevor Zimmerman 19:04
177. Branson Petty 19:12
187. Blake Garrett 19:24
216. McKay Treadwell 19:04
246. Brigham Valentine 20:43
255. Nate Wolferts 20:58
292. Seth Valentine 22:51
*323 Total Runners
Team Scores
1. Davis 34
2. Westlake 53
3. Mountain View 90
4. American Fork 109
5. Orem 128
6. Copper Hills 141
7. Wasatch 206
8. Bingham 207

Boys Varsity
7. Skylar Williams 15:05
11. Josh Ward 15:13
25. Logan MacKay 15:40
29. Kimball Potter 15:43
31. Colton Rimann 15:44
41. Ethan Stuart 15:56
50. Colter Blanchard 16:02
94. Alex White 16:38
*157 Total Runners
Team Scores
1. Bingham 95
2. Lone Peak 99
3. Davis 103
4. Westlake 105
5. American Fork (JV) 108
6. Orem 144
7. Mountain View 172

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