Tag: Track

Track Meets and my 2018/19 Snowboarding Season

Snowboarding season has basically just ended (we have a few more weeks, but the main season is over), and it definitely was a good one. I raced in some extremely fast races, landed lots of new tricks, and progressed even more than last year. Last Sunday was race day for me at USASA Nationals, and I did better than I expected. I had moved to open class earlier this season, so the competition got tougher at the regional races. I qualified 18th in time trials, and took second in my first heat to move on into quarterfinals. My second race was pretty intense, racing two amazing riders, one of them an Olympian and the other a US Team hopeful. I took every risk I could at every turn in order to give myself the best chances at beating one of them, and most of it payed off, as I stayed with them until the bottom, where I unfortunately took too much of a risk on a turn and crashed. My final placing was 11th, which was a lot better than I expected.

Last Wednesday was Jadyn’s nationals race day, and I left school early to go watch her races. I arrived at Copper, threw on my snowboarding gear over my clothes, and jumped on the gondola, getting to the course in time to watch her first heat, which she won pretty easily, and then hung out with her until her quarterfinals, which, after a tough battle between her and another girl, she won. At that point, I unfortunately had to go to track practice, in which time she won her semifinal heat, advancing to finals for the first time in her 5 years of competing. After my track practice was over, I heard she placed second in finals, taking the silver medal at nationals, and decided to drive back over to Copper for the second time that day to watch the awards ceremony and see Jadyn get her medal. Afterwards, we went out and ate dinner to celebrate.

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Jadyn on the podium at Nationals
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Celebrating with Jadyn after nationals!

And that was the end of the competition season (although I didn’t mention Isaac putting a decent run down in slopestyle on Sunday to finish 20th or Jadyn’s 12th in halfpipe/11th in slopestyle. That happened too, but wasn’t as exciting to write about). I had some amazing races this year, at Ski Cooper for both USASA regional races and the more competitive NorAm/Hole Shot Tour and Rev Tour comps, as well as at Crested Butte.

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Isaac during practice at slopestyle nationals

Track season has been pretty good – a lot better than last year – and I’ve gotten a couple PRs plus a few top-8 finishes, which scores points for the team. I’ve run the 100m dash more than ever this season, with our top sprinters being either injured or absent, which has been great for my speed (although not so much for my endurance. Definitely need to work on that a bit). I ran a 12.98 at the first meet of the season, followed by a 12.80 during the second meet and a 12.63 at our meet at Eagle Valley yesterday. Our 4×100 relay team has been kind of sporadic this season, with a ton of different runners subbing in for others being gone (I don’t think we’ve had the same 4×100 team for any two of our meets this year). Our best time of 47.3 doesn’t even come close to our times from last season, which was kind of unfortunate because we were aiming to break the school record of 45.8 this season.

I’ve been focusing on long jump more this year than ever, leaning away from the high jump this year a bit, and it’s payed off, even without any real coaching. Two weeks ago I jumped a new PR (by 5 inches) of 18’1″, taking 7th place in qualifying, and making my first long jump finals in a varsity meet ever. I was so stoked on finally clearing 18 feet, although I think I could’ve jumped farther if I didn’t have other events going on at the same time, because at that meet I had just finished long jump and the 100m, ran the 4×200 immediately afterwards, sprinted back over to the long jump pit for finals, then immediately ran back over to the starting line for the 4×100 with barely any time to warm up.

Spring break is coming up after next week, and I’m hoping to get some good training in for track, and break some more PRs at the meet right after break ends. We have a few more weeks of snowboarding before all the mountains close, which should be a lot of fun without the competition training.

Sprinting and Jumping!

I’m now nearing the end of track season, and it’s been a pretty good season. I didn’t get the times I initially wanted at the beginning of the season, and still haven’t run under a minute in the 400m, although I ran 60.0 a few weeks ago. I ran at the 4A League Championships over the weekend on Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, and it went unsurprisingly average. I’m not sure what happened in the Long Jump, but I somehow only jumped 16’5″, over a foot shorter than what I can usually do. Both of my relays (the 4×100 and the 4×200) went pretty bad, as our fastest runner didn’t show up for the meet. We took last in both relays, but still scored points in the 4×200 because a team got disqualified.

My 200m went as I predicted. I got a new PR at 26.15, but got last (although it was only by three hundredths of a second). It was still a fun race to run, and I definitely want to run it again next season. The weather was pretty hot over in Grand Junction, with the temperature getting into the upper 80s and low 90s, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time around the meet and at the hotel. At the hotel, most of our team jumped in the pool, and we messed around for a while, then went inside to play games until we went to sleep. At the meet, I got to relax a bit between events in my hammock, which I put up along with many other kids underneath the pavilion where we set up camp. We ended up having three triple-decker hammock setups, which was awesome. Overall, it was a great time, and just as fun as last year.

I only have two meets left until the end of the season, so hopefully I can get some new PR’s in the 100, 200, 400, High Jump and Long Jump before the end of the season. I’ve only ran two 200s, two 400s and three 100s, so hopefully I can improve on my best times for the season in those events during these last two meets. My bests for the season (so far) are 12.85 in the 100, 26.15 in the 200, 60.08 in the 400, 5’2″ in the High Jump, and 17’3″ in the Long Jump (I haven’t done much long jump this season). We’re currently 9/10ths of a second off the 4×100 school record (which is at 45.8, still standing from the 80s), and I’m hoping we can get close to it or break it at the last meet. Mom got my leg of our season best of 46.7 on video, so you can watch it below.

 

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Running the 400m a few weeks ago!

Last Comps of the Season and Track

Tomorrow, I have my first track meet of the season. I’ve been training hard, and I think the combination of that plus all the cross country I’ve done has prepared me well. The various workouts that we have been doing in the past few weeks have been quality workouts, with tempo runs, ladders, and time trials. I’ve ran a lot of 13-second 100m’s in pants on a concrete track in 25-35 degree weather, so hopefully I can break my PR at one of the first few meets, when I’ll actually be running on a real track with spikes. I’ll be happy with a time in the mid-12’s, and I’m pretty confident I can get it.

This year we have a huge team, almost double last year. With the new additions of freshmen and others, we have some pretty good runners, and I think it will be a good season for the team (as compared to last year, where we literally averaged 5 points a meet). Tomorrow I’m running the 4×100, 4×400, 100m, and of course High Jump. I’ve only gotten two days of high jump training, but I’ve cleared 5’1″ in pants on a gym floor pretty easily, so I guess I’ll have to see how that translates to the meet tomorrow. I have a really good 4×100 team and a good 4×400 team, so we’ll see how we stack up against other schools.

Now, snowboarding. The more fun and arguably more important sport that I’m doing now. Two weekends ago I got back from Crested Butte, where I competed in 3 USASA Boardercross events. The first day was great, I competed hard, and took second in a near photo-finish with my friend. The second day went exactly as I planned, with Warren (who I’ve competed against for years) and another kid leaving, which left me to take an easy gold medal against two other kids I’ve known for a year or so. The next day went a bit differently, as it started snowing pretty heavily, and I got out of the gate last after a kid in my age group fell right in front of me, slowing me down. I eventually caught up to my friend Tristan, who was in the lead, and tailed him all the way to the bottom. There was a set of 6 rollers up a jump near the bottom of the course, which I usually throw a speed before hitting. This time, I went full send and bombed straight over them, flying off the jump and almost crashing, but I stayed on my feet and passed Tristan, who had thrown a few checks before the roller set.

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Racing on day 3!
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Taking the gold on day 2 after racing my friends Tristan and Henry.

 

I only have a few competitions left in the season, and I plan to train hard for them all. Next weekend we are all going down to Steamboat to race in the annual Slash and Burn Banked Slalom event, which will be super fun. I’ll hopefully get to meet/compete against some pro boarders, and I think it’ll be a great time (although I do have a track meet the day before…)

After that, on March 30th, I have my first Revolution Tour competition, which is the next step up from the USASA regional competitions that I do. I have no idea how that’s going to go, but I’m guessing there are going to be a ton of people there. And finally, two days later, I have USASA Nationals, which I am going to be competing in in boardercross as well as slopestyle. I’m looking for a top 10 finish in boardercross, and to put down my run in slopestyle, and I think both those goals are very achievable. Jadyn’s going to Nationals in slopestyle, boardercross, and halfpipe, and I think this year she can go top 5 in at least slopestyle and definitely boardercross.

That’s about it for everything I’m prepping for right now. I’ll probably right another post in the next few days about the track meet, so until then… nothing will happen relating to this website.

 

 

End of Track Season!

I know I write this blog post every year, but I like it – it’s a way for me to reflect on my track season and all my competitions. It’s not only track season that’s winding down, either. There are less than 15 days left until June 2nd, the last day of school! I can’t wait to be done with Freshman year and begin what seems to be for me the longest awaited summer of my life.

Track season started off with two meets a week, for three weeks. Lots of running, jumping, and a bit of throwing. Getting back into high jump was extremely fun, with me having not done it since we were in Sedona in July. At the first meet of the year in Rifle, I discovered that I needed to start working on my sprinting endurance and speed, as I ran the slowest 200m of my life that day. I didn’t feel that bad about it however, because earlier that day I had tied my PR in long jump at 17’6″.

The second meet in Ft. Collins went around the same. This was my first time high jumping at a varsity meet, and it was… quite an experience. I discovered the bar started at 5’6″, 4 inches taller than my personal best. As you would expect, I failed, and pretty bad at that. But once again, I ended up jumping farther than I’d ever jumped before in long jump, at 17’7.5″, with a last-second third jump after I’d failed the first two.

Starting in the 4×100 at Ft. Collins

The rest of the meets up until the league meets were pretty stereotypical. I ran a lot of events, with the 100m, 200m, 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, High Jump, and Long Jump. I improved my 200 time slightly, but it still wasn’t the greatest at around 27 seconds. My high jump was pretty uneventful, as well as all over the place. Sometimes I would jump really well in practice, and then completely fail at a meet, or almost clear 5’4″ and not even come close to clearing 5′ the next meet. Two of the meets ended up getting cancelled, which sucked, but it gave me more time to train for the league meets.

A few weeks ago, I competed in the JV league meet, which was pretty fun as everyone wasn’t as good as at normal meets. I failed to come close to my PR in Long Jump, but still ended up taking 8th and scoring a point for the team. I cleared 5’2″ in High Jump, taking 5th, which I was really stoked about. I also ran the 800m and 200m (back to back!), which was, to sum it up in a word, painful. I ran 2:35 in the 800 (which was fine with me, cause I haven’t ever run it before), and a slow 27.4 in the 200 (I was extremely tired after running the 800).

After the JV league meet, I got prepared for our final big meet of the season, our varsity league championships. I got put in the 4×100, 4×200, High Jump, and Long Jump, and aside from the fun I had from actually competing, the entire experience was awesome. We drove out to Grand Junction, where we stayed the night at a hotel (because this meet was a 2-day meet) and ate out as a team. The first day of the meet, I long jumped 17’2.5″ to take 10th overall. As that was the only event I had that day, I basically just slept at our camp and watched other people run. The second day was a bit more eventful. We took last in our relays, which was expected, but I ended up jumping a new high jump PR of 5’3″.

 

At our final meet of the season, I got put in the 100m, 400m, High Jump, and Long Jump. I basically failed in High Jump, only clearing 4’10”. The 100m went really well – I won my heat, in a time of 12.9 seconds. But, the 100m wasn’t my main focus of the day. I had wanted to run the 400 all season, but didn’t get the chance to. My goal was to break 60 seconds, and I tried really hard, but to no avail. I ran a 26-second first 200, then around a 34-second second 200 to finish with a time of 60.9 seconds. Regardless of my time, I ended up placing 7th overall, and scoring 2 points for the team.

 

So that’s how my track season went. I realize this post was a lot of numbers, and I keep trying to stop myself from solely writing times, lengths, and heights, but I still have a lot to improve on. I think my track season went really well for Freshman year, and I hope to improve my times greatly next year.

Long Jumping!

Here’s a comparison of my track times from 7th grade to last year to this year (my 7th/8th grade times may not be completely accurate because all the meets were hand-timed, compared to the FAT of this year. There were a few times after the school season where I ran in other meets, and I still count those as part of the previous school season)

2015 Season (7th Grade):

  • 100m: 13.2
  • 200m: 27.9
  • 400m: 68.0
  • 800m: 2:48
  • High Jump: 5’0″

2016 Season (8th Grade):

  • 100m: 12.4
  • 200m: 26.6
  • 400m: 65.0
  • High Jump: 5’2″
  • Long Jump: 17’6″
  • 1kg Discus: 74’6″

2017 Season (9th Grade):

  • 100m: 12.9
  • 200m: 27.0
  • 400m: 60.9
  • 800m: 2:36
  • High Jump: 5’3″
  • Long Jump: 17’7.5″