Friday, November 27, 2015

DXC Update - Nike Southwest Regionals

Darts -
It has taken me a while to get to this final update of the cross country season. I have sat down a few times with the intention of composing this email, but I haven't quite been able to put the right words together. The trip to Arizona for the Nike Regionals did not go as we had hoped, but there were still plenty of great things that happened and quite a few very solid performances to be excited about:
59 of our athletes raced at NXR, and 38 earned new 5k PRs (including 3 mile conversions to 5ks) - 16 girls and 22 boys ran their fastest races of this season or last season. We had 18 girls break 21:00 (last year we had 16) and 14 of those girls are coming back next year. We had 23 boys dip under 17:00 (last year was 13 boys) and 16 of those boys are coming back next year. Our boys JV team finished 1st and 4th in the open race against 63 teams - many of those teams were varsity teams. Our girls JV team would have finished 4th (with our top 5 runners) - ahead of numerous strong varsity teams. Our girls varsity team finished 3rd - only 2 points out of 2nd place, which would have earned them an automatic NXN qualification - and we will find out tomorrow if it is good enough to get an at-large bid into the Nationals. I was so proud of our girls - the way they raced and especially the way they gracefully handled the emotional roller-coaster with the results. Our boys had a disappointing 7th place finish - but it was in arguably the deepest Nike Regionals team competitions in history. We were led in each race by some very strong individual performances - Courtney Wayment finished 5th in the Championship girls race and will compete at NXN as an individual if the TEAM does not get the at-large; Camren Todd finished 14th in the boys championship race - earning 2nd team all-region (#5 underclassman in the race as well); Alicia Halverson had a major break-through race with a 7th place finish in the open girls race and a very fast 18:48; and Devin Jaster and Brigham Halverson both killed it in the boys open race with top 20 finishes (12th and 19th) - both running under 16:20. The full results can be found at and the Davis results can be found at the bottom of the email. 
Overall, it was a great trip, and I would like to thank all of the athletes for making it a fun trip and a fun season. I would also like to thank our coaches and parents who helped to make the trip happen. We have had so many great experiences this season, and it would not have happened without amazing parents and a group of athletes who have been willing to give so much for their TEAM. 

We talk quite often about the importance of bouncing back from difficult races or workouts. It really is a HUGE part of becoming successful in running (and in life). I know this was a hard one for the boys--one they will not easily put behind them. We have an incredible group of guys who have worked so hard over the past year to be in a position to be one of the best teams in the country. At the region and state championships, we showed that we are one of the greatest Davis and Utah teams EVER. Most of all, they have put so much heart into their running and into this TEAM. It is hard to go forward knowing that we won't get to prove ourselves on the NXN stage, but I know these boys are proven champions in the way they race and in the way they act. I know they will prove themselves in the way they comeback from this difficult race. And I hope that each of them will remember this season for the great victories we accomplished and for the strong friendships that were formed.
All of you will continue to have opportunities to prove yourselves through both victories and defeats. I encourage you to look forward to the track season with a resolve to work hard and be your best. I challenge our seniors who are moving on to continue to prove yourselves as runners and college students and other roles that you will fill in the near future. And I hope that all of you who are coming back to run cross country next year will take the things you have learned this year, and motivate yourselves to be the best teammates and runners that you can be. It starts now (well, after a little break to regroup and get our energy and drive back). 

What's Next? I hope that each of you are enjoying a well-deserved break. It is good for you both physically and mentally to have a break from our running routine. Running over the next week is optional and on your own. If you feel that you need another week off - take another week. If you feel that you would like to do some running and cross training, that would be fine - but don't overdo it - just get in some distance runs. We will meet on Tuesday, December 8th at 2:30pm in the cafeteria for the Indoor Track Meeting. We will begin our TEAM training that Tuesday. The focus will be to put together a few solid months of base training to help us for the indoor and outdoor seasons. Winter running can be tough, but it is a great time to build strength and confidence. Please let me know if you have any questions about your training. I know a few of you are coming back from some injuries, and now is the time to make sure you are fully healed before we move forward.

Thanks for a phenomenal season. I am humbled by the opportunity to work with each of you and very grateful for all of your hard work and sacrifices for the TEAM. Keep up the good work - bring a ton of passion, energy, and excitement to the upcoming track season! 
Coach Talley

NXR Results (11/21 - Casa Grande, AZ)
Open Girls Race (Large Schools)
7. Alicia Halverson 18:48 - PR
30. Madeline English 19:24 - PR
56. Sarah Waddoups 19:47 - PR
83. Hannah Naylor 20:06 - PR
96. Haylee Downey 20:17 - PR
108. Sydney Zaugg 20:26 - PR
119. Sydnee Rayl 20:32 
139. Maddie Johnson 20:45 - PR
149. Sarah Ferrell 20:49 - PR
163. Malaree Wood 20:57 - PR
172. Rachel Clouse 21:01 - PR
190. Rosie Schraedel 21:14 
255. Taylor Davis 22:12 - PR
267. Krystal Wood 22:26 - PR
269. Anne Hawkins 22:28 
293. Amber Berry 22:59
342. Erin Berry 24:17
*411 Total Runners
Team Scores 
1. Runners Roost (CO) 47 - Varsity
2. Vista Nation (CO) 136 
3. Fossil Ridge (CO) 147 - Varsity
4. Lehi (UT) 210 - Varsity
5. Ogden (UT) 225 - Varsity
6. Davis B 238 (Would have scored 198 with top 5 runners)
16. Davis C 431
33. Davis D 866
*45 Total Teams

Girls Championship Race
5. Courtney Wayment 17:32 - PR
31. Aubrey Argyle 18:31
55. Jenna Connell 18:52 - PR
61. Sam Hedquist 18:59 
62. Grace Neuenschwander 19:00 - PR
103. Miah Weaver 19:28
110. Ally Geisler 19:30
112. Abi Waddoups 19:31 - PR
*222 Total Runners
Team Scores
1. American Fork 59
2. Xavier (AZ) 119
3. Davis 121
4. Air Academy (CO) 150
5. Broomfield (CO) 161
6. Desert Vista (AZ) 165
7. Timpanogos 241
8. Chandler (AZ) 278
9. Vista Nation (CO) 288
10. Vail Valley (CO) 302

Open Boys Race (Large Schools)
12. Devin Jaster 16:07 - PR
19. Brigham Halverson 16:13 - PR
26. Britton Porter 16:22 - PR
29. Jacob Vaughan 16:24 - PR
30. Adam Hedquist 16:24 - PR
34. Nate Wilde 16:27 - PR
38. Danny Tumblin 16:28 - PR
41. McKay Treadwell 16:31 - PR
48. Josh Christiansen 16:35 - PR
57. Daniel Harris 16:40 - PR
63. Zach Moncur 16:43
70. Porter Van Drimmelen 16:46 - PR
71. Bryce Ferguson 16:46
79. Lance Ford 16:50 - PR
85. Seth Stromberg 16:51
87. Nate Hales 16:52 - PR (1:58 faster than 2014)
120. Connor Jones 17:05 - PR
121. Branson Petty 17:06 - PR
125. Nate Iverson 17:07 - PR
128. Kelton Johnson 17:08 - PR
152. Josh Wilkinson 17:17 - PR
254. Dallin Kitchen 17:48
257. Kaleb Stinger 17:50 - PR
273. Dallin Larsen 17:56
275. Brandon Christensen 17:56
301. Jason Lang 18:03
437. Isaak Hugh 19:26 - PR
*551 Total Runners
Team Scores
1. Davis B - 104
2. Vista Nation B - 126
3. RCXC - 161
4. Davis C - 175
5. Monarch - 220
13. Davis D - 431
38. Davis E - 952
*63 Total Teams

Championship Boys Race
14. Camren Todd 15:15 - PR
44. Colter Blanchard 15:42 - PR
65. Colton Rimann 15:51 
70. Matt Ward 15:53
81. Frasier Williamson 16:02
109. Josh Peters 16:13
188. Logan MacKay 16:58
*236 Total Runners
Team Scores
1. Vista Nation (CO) 108
2. Timpanogos 109
3. Lone Peak 109
4. American Fork 121
5. Ogden 174
6. Desert Hills 175
7. Davis 182
8. Lehi 205
9. Fort Collins 248
10. Olympus 267

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