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Highland Invitational 2016

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Member Since:

Aug 13, 2015



Goal Type:

Highschool Champ

Running Accomplishments:

All-Time PR's

400m - 0:54

800m - 2:09.95 (Orem Tiger Trials 2016)

1,600m - 4:47.96 (Region 1 Championships 2016)

3,200m - 10:28.54 (Region 1 Championships 2016)

5k - 16:46 (USU Invitational 2015)

10k - 38:38 (Some fun run 2014)

15k - 55:21 (Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run 2016)

Half Marathon - 1:23:52 (Top of Utah Half Marathon 2015)

Freshman PR's

800m - 2:17

1600m - 4:58.78 (Sky View Invitational 2015)

3200m - 12:17 (American Fork Grass Relays 2014)

5k - 17:52.9 (Aggie Invitational 2014)

Sophomore PR's

800m - 2:09.95 (Orem Tiger Trials 2016)

1,600m - 4:47.96 (Region 1 Championships 2016)

3,200m - 10:28.54 (Region 1 Championships 2016)

5k - 16:46 (USU Invitational 2015)

15k - 58:30 (Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run 2015)

Half Marathon - 1:23:52 (Top of Utah Half Marathon 2015)

Junior PR's

15k - 55:22 (Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run 2016)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Cross Country

Sub 17 5k sophomore year. (Accomplished)

Sub 16 5k junior year.

Sub 15:30 5k senior year.

Track and Field

Sophomore Year

Sub 10:30 in the 3200m. (Accomplished)

Sub 4:49 in the 1600m (BYU qualifying). (Accomplished)

Sub 2:08 in the 800m.

Junior Year

Sub 4:35 in the 1600m.

Senior Year

Sub 4:25 in the 1600m.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run in college.


Freshman Year

Joining cross country my freshman year I didn't know what to expect. I came during the summer and did the workouts, I wasn't too serious about them but I didn't screw around either. At the alumni I got 21:51, not that fast but I still made it to Highland. At Highland I got 18:29, I was really suprised I did so well, I know the course is only 2.9 miles, but still. After that I started getting really serious with cross country. After a couple of more meets I made it to varsity. At the beginning of the year I would have never guessed that I would run varsity. At the end of the year I got the outstanding freshman award, I was proud to get it. My PR for this year was 17:52. My first year of cross country was really fun and it motivated me to work hard the next summer for the next season. I also did track, which wasn't nearly as fun as cross country. I only ran the 1600m and the 800 and I pretty much ran the same times for the whole season.

Sophomore Year

Sophomore year for Cross Country went pretty well. We all trained hard during the summer and it really payed off. The season was a bit bumpy for me, I wasn't really getting consistent times. One meet I would run a low 17 and the next a high 17. In the end the season turned out really fun and I hit a really big PR from last year.

Track went pretty well too. We started training and had some meets during the winter. This year I actually ran the 3200m and liked it a lot. I PR'd in pretty much every race that I ran in, it felt good. As I raced this season I felt more controlled and like a much more mature runner, even more than cross country.

Junior Year

Track season just ended and I'm now starting some cross country training.

Mountain Crest High School

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 59.00 Year: 995.00
Saucony Shay XC 4 Blue Lifetime Miles: 745.50
Saucony Shay XC 4 Red Lifetime Miles: 115.60
Nike Victory XC Lifetime Miles: 29.00
Adidas Powerblaze Red Lifetime Miles: 429.00
Adidas Powerblaze Black Lifetime Miles: 616.20
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Lifetime Miles: 23.00
Race: Highland Invitational 2016 (2.9 Miles) 00:16:05, Place overall: 30, Place in age division: 13
Total Distance

Today was our first real meet and I was super pumped for it. We got there at around 2:20 and my race didn't start till 5:45 so I tried to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Mountain Crest came and set up by us and it was really fun to talk to them. At 5:20 we did a 1.5 mile warmup and went back to put on our spikes/flats before going to the line. Since we are a new team we all have to order new uniforms. They were suppose to get here the day before Highland but there was a delay and they won't come till September 1st. We had to race today in our cotton team T-shirts in 92 degree weather. I was feeling really nervous before the race but it all went away when the gun went off. My plan was to start off easy and relaxed the first mile and then go harder the last 2 miles. I went out fast for the first straight away and then just stayed where I was in the pack for about the first .75 miles. I couldn't have really passed anyone before that anyway because there was so many people. There was a hill just before mile 1 and thats when I started to pick it up. My watch didn't load in time for the start of the race so I didn't know how fast I was going. I held that fast pace and was constantly passing people for the entirety of the race. We came around the last corner to the straight away for the finish and I could see the timer read 15:45. I pushed hard to the end and I wanted to break 16 minutes so bad but I ended up with a 16:05. I'm not disappointed with that time though. My goal for this race was to get sub 16:15 or get into the top 30 and I ended up getting 30th so I got both of those goals. I'd say that getting that time in the heat while wearing cotton T-shirts isn't too shabby. The hard work we put in this summer really payed off and I'm excited to see how well we do later on in the season.

Saucony Shay XC 4 Red Miles: 3.00Adidas Powerblaze Black Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Saucony Shay XC 4 Red Miles: 3.00Adidas Powerblaze Black Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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