Sunday, October 11, 2015

DXC Update - Region Champs!!

Darts -
We put together some very strong performances at the Region Championships this past Friday. It was nearly a perfect day with perfect course conditions, and we were ready to take full advantage of the opportunity ("Seize the Day"). We came away with victories in all 4 races, and more medals than we have ever won at region (36). It was the 10th region title in a row for the girls and the 20th for the boys (dating back to 1996). It was also the first time (that I could find) where we swept both the boys and the girls JV top 10. Most of all, I was proud of all the hard work that we have put in this season, the teamwork I saw in each of the races, and the gutsy efforts that we had throughout. You can see the full results on the blog -

The Girls JV started us off with some very fast times. We took the top 13 places and had 25 of the top 26 finishers. Alicia Halverson (just a freshman) led from start to finish and ran a new region JV record of 19:26 (would have been 11th in varsity). The old record was 19:27 from Chelsey Johnson (2013). Alicia was followed by another freshman, Rosie Schraedel in 2nd with 19:47. Haylee Downey ran a patient race with a strong 2nd half to finish 3rd in 19:57. Sara Williams, Hannah Naylor, and Sarah Ferrell came in right together at 20:21-20:22 to give us the perfect score, and the top 10 was rounded out with Melanie Sullivan, Addy Rich, and Jennica Robinson. We also had great improvements from Ciara Fuller, Isabella Van Brocklin, Brianna Clark, Andie Groll, Julia Schraedel, Autumn Jenkins, Erin Berry, and Cameron Bunch. Our girls JV team would have won the region title for us, and we are looking like one of the top JV squads in the country. I couldn't be more proud of the commitment and improvement of this group.

The Boys JV team ran extremely tough to keep the momentum going. The lead pack worked hard to keep the pace steady and fast, and we ended up with 9 boys breaking the region JV record time (16:18 by Josh Peters last year). Devin Jaster looked awesome with his individual victory in 15:55 - would have been 14th in the varsity race. It was a great comeback after Devin's Bob Firman race where he ran so hard that he collapsed with 150m to go. Adam Hedquist ran a phenomenal final mile to move up into 2nd with 15:57 - our fastest sophomore of the day. Brigham Halverson was right on their heals with a speedy 16:00.  Zach Moncur (16:05) and Nate Wilde (16:07) wrapped up our top 5 and the perfect score. The top 10 was rounded out by McKay Treadwell (16:13), Seth Stromberg (16:14), Josh Christensen (16:16), Jacob Vaughan (16:17), and Porter Van Drimmelen (16:18). I thought Josh Christiansen (8th in 16:16) also put in a very valiant, pushing the pace for the group through the 2nd mile - willing to risk and hurt. We showed so much strength and depth in the boys JV race - our entire top 10 (and 22 of the top 25) is returning next year (in addition to 4 boys from the varsity). We had big improvements from Nate Iverson, Cole Weaver, Branson Petty, Spencer Bell, Dallin Kitchen, Brandon Manning, Hayden Vance, Caden Wheeler, and so many others. It was really fun watching our boys (Jake, Tanner, Sheffield, Cade H, Hogan, Callor, Datwyler, Kaleb and Kalvin) run down guys from other teams to see how many Davis boys we could have in a row at the finish. 35 guys in a row shatters the old record of 15 set last year.

The Varsity Girls put together their best TEAM race of the season, with 9 girls finishing in the top 10, and a new team time record (top 5 times) of 89:39. Again, it was under near perfect conditions, but we averaged about :23 seconds per runner better than the old record (91:33 by 2012). It was another step in the right direction and another step toward our final goals. We are looking stronger and stronger - and we are ready to KSAD (inside goals are the best). Courtney ran incredibly tough for a 1st place finish and a new course record of 16:58 - it is one of the top 3 mile times in the country this year (especially considering the altitude). She pulled away with a strong 2nd mile. Aubrey stayed patient and tough as the race opened up. She came back on Isabella (West) and pulled away to grab 2nd place in 17:22 - 11 seconds faster than her course record one year ago. Ally and Sam worked very well together to finish 4-5 in 18:19 and 18:25. And Jenna had a big PR and a smart race to pick up 6th in 18:35. Miah is continuing her comeback and dug deep for 7th in 18:49 (watch out for her when she is 100%). Abi Waddoups continued her awesome freshman campaign with an 8th place finish in 18:53 (one of our fastest freshman times ever). Grace Neuenschwander and Madeline English rounded out the top 10 with 18:58 and 19:22. Senior Sydney Zaugg fought well coming off of being sick with a 22nd place finish. These girls are ready for even stronger at the State Championships in 10 days - they are going to need all our support in our biggest test yet. It has been a year with challenges, but we are stronger because of it and we are ready!!

The Varsity Boys really put together something special as well. It may have been one of the top performances in DXC history. Our team time of 75:39 broke the old record by 2:16 (:27 seconds per runner). The old team time record was held by the 2011 team that finished 3rd at NXN. It was an average 3 mile time of 15:07 per runner. We also put 7 guys in the top 10.  We were led by another great race from Camren Todd. Cam ran under the old course record (15:07 by Stokton last year), and nearly pulled off the victory. He closed the gap on Leatham that was as big as 12-15 seconds at one point, and finished with a very fast 3 mile time of 14:54. Our next 5 guys found themselves within 2 seconds of each other with just over a half mile to go. It was awesome to see them pack up and move as a TEAM as the race progressed. It was the kind of TEAM running that wins big championships. Logan MacKay looked back to his old monster-finishing form with a 3rd place finish in 15:06. Colton Rimann dug dep (like he seems to do time after time) to pick up 4th in 15:12. Colter Blanchard finished right with him in 15:13. And Matt Ward was right there as well with 15:14 giving us a :20 spread for 1-5 (our lofty goal was to be under :30). Frasier Williamson was a strong #6 - only :08 back in 15:22 - but more importantly, Frasier helped Matt and Logan keep a steady pace and stay close enough to Colton and Colter throughout the first 2 miles. Whether they were pushing each other or competing with each other - it was one of the toughest displays of TEAM running I have ever witnessed. They just weren't going to let their teammates go no matter what. It showed the spirit and heart we want to re-create at the state meet next week (and NXR in 6 weeks). A TEAM that runs like that will not be beat. Our other varsity runners also ran tough. Josh Peters earned his spot on the state team with a 10th place finish in 15:38. And our 3 seniors showed a ton of guts as they left it on the course in their final region meet - Bryce Ferguson was 13th in 15:49, Britton Porter was 15th in 16:07, and Danny Tumblin finished 19th in 16:23. These 3 guys may have come up short of their state qualifying goal, but they put everything they had into it - both in training and in the race. They constantly make their teammates better, they bring love and passion for running every day, and they have been (and still are) incredible leaders and incredible people. I couldn't be more proud of all of our seniors after this region meet.

Athletes of the Week:
Logan MacKay, Bryce Ferguson, Danny Tumblin
Jenna Connell, Sara Williams, Sydnee Rayl

State Championships: Wednesday, October 21st at Sugarhouse Park. We would like everyone to come and support those representing the entire TEAM. We should, once again, have the loudest and biggest "crazy crew" at the meet. You will all be excused at 11:30 (7th period) and the bus will leave at 11:45. The girls race at 2:00 and the boys are at 3:30. More details to come.

This Week:
Monday - Wednesday: Normal Practice - meet in my classroom at 2:45 (Tuesday will be a hard day).
Thursday - Saturday (UEA): Run on your own - recommended 4-8 miles per day with a 3-4 mile tempo run on Friday; those running at state and the alternates will be meeting on Thursday and Friday at 8:00am (more details to come).

Coming Up:
Wednesday, October 28 - TEAM Pictures @ 3:00pm
Thursday, November 5 - TEAM Banquet @ 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 11 - Pre Nike at Layton Park @ 3:30pm
Saturday, November 21 - Nike Southwest Regionals

We recommend that everyone continue training with the cross country team through November 21 (Nike Southwest) - even if you don't get to go on the Nike trip. It will make you stronger for track and stronger for next year's cross country season - it is not mandatory, but all are welcome to train with the team through that time. Everyone is invited to race in the Pre NXN at Layton Park on November 13. I will hand out a training schedule the week after the state championships. If you are feeling worn down or dealing with an injury, now is the time to get some rest and get healthy. Let me (or one of the other coaches) know, and we will help you make a plan.

Coach Talley 

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