Monday, June 25, 2012

The Grinder and Other News

The Grinder is a 1.3 mile road up through a neighborhood in Pleasant Grove. It starts at the stoplight on the corner of Canyon Road and 11th North. There is 400 foot gain in elevation, and its halfway point is about where the road crosses the Murdock Canal. A complete circuit from AFHS to the top of The Grinder and back is 8.5 miles with water stops at Discovery Park. Adding Mountain Dew HIll gives athletes a 10.8 mile run. Athletes earn a "I conquered The Grinder" t-shirt when they break 9:00 (boys) or 10:30 (girls).  Running spikes are earned when they break 8:00 (boys) or 9:30 (girls). The high school records are Boys: 7:12 -Casey Clinger, 2016 and Girls: 9:03 - Cami Squires, 2014.
Mountain Dew Hill

Congratulations to Mikayla Stepp for being the first runner to earn a Grinder t-shirt this Summer. She made it up in 10:17. Coach Dunkley lowered the women's record to 8:46 (2014). We would also like to thank Coach Benson from Timpanogos High School for bringing some of his boys to run with the boys team up The Grinder and Mountain Dew Hill this morning. Athletes only have two more Mondays in which to qualify for XC Camp. They must run all the way up The Grinder without walking.

Athletes also only have 18 more days in which to hand in their Physical Forms, Tryout Checklists, and Camp Forms with Check to go to camp. Athletes who do not make the Friday, July 13th deadline will not go to camp.

Last Saturday, several Cavemen participated at the Strawberry Days 5k in Pleasant Grove. Alumni Mack Morrison and Dallas Griswold placed first and third, respectively, with times of 15:56 and 17:51. Future Lady Caveman Lexie Wright placed 2nd in the women's division and 24th overall with a time of 20:47, while future Caveman Matthew Morrison placed 24th in the Men's division and 28th overall with a time of 21:05.
Parent booster Mark Morrison placed 52nd overall and 2nd in his age group with a time of 23:39.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Postal Nationals

XCNATION revived the Postal Nationals this year. You submit the top five 3200 meter times from track season. We were fortunate, for the second year in a row, to have 7 boys break 10:00 for 3200m. Since we're at altitude, they use the NCAA altitude adjustments to compensate.
Our boys averaged 9:14.89 (alt. adjusted) to finished Third in the Nation!
Congratulations to Mack, Brayden, Tyson, Connor, Clayton, Zac, and Caleb!
Postal Nationals winners this year are our friends at Davis: Brad, Brayden, Alex, Logan, and Andrew with an altitude adjusted average of 9:11.88.
Other friends of our program who were ranked:
13. Ft. Collins, Co. 9:26.85
43.Mountain View, Ut. 9:34.74
79.Desert Vista, Az. 9:41.38
105.Herriman, Ut. 9:45.03

Inspirational Video

This might be football, but it's pretty cool.
Are you giving your best?

XCNATION Pre-Season Rankings

XCNATION released their 2012 high school preseason rankings this weekend.
The Cavemen boys team are ranked 13th.
Davis starts the season ranked 3rd.
Let's get to work, boys!

Wasatch Back Relay

The boys put together a team this year for the first time for the 198 mile Wasatch Back Relay.
They finished 4th overall out of 1129 teams with a cumulative team time of 22:07:45. The boys counted up over 900 roadkills total from both vans!
This is an incredible job, considering some last minute JV substitutions and one runner going to the hospital for heat exhaustion. I'll add more particular results for our team when I get them.
They were  only 27 minutes behind rivals Davis, 2:17:53 behind Weber State and only 3:00:23 behind winners BYU. Brayden McLelland ran the 12th fastest leg up Ragnar Hill in 35:50.
Full Team Results
Coach Mostert ran on the Master's Champion team sponsored by Fleet Feet that was 16th overall in 26:04:13. He also won the Master's Division run up Ragnar Hill for the 6th straight year in 39:25.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

News Article

Coach Mostert was featured talking about our Caveman XC Program  on Cross-Country Express.
XC Article