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Jun 01, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

1600m: 4:27 (Utah 5A State Championship 2015)

800: 1:59 (Time trial the last week of school, timed by Coach Murphy.)

5K: 16:20 (ran under 16:00 for the 3 mile) @ Nike SW 2014

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran on the SUU Cross Country/Track and Field teams

8th fastest 1600m runner in Alta history


2014-2015 Alta Track Athlete of the Year

8th place and 1st in age division at 2014 Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (16 mile La Sportiva championship race) time of 2:02:47. Sprained my ankle with a mile left, hobbled to the finish as fast as I could.


3rd place and 1st in age division at the 2015 Leadville Heavy Half, a 15.5 mile course that started at over 10,000 ft and had over 4500 meet elevation gain, tons of shifty rocky areas, ice, snow, rivers, and an out and back with 500+ runners on a narrow path at the top. I ran 2:13:09 and beat a guy from the Junior National Mountain Running team.


Short-Term Running Goals:

Spartan Race Goal Levels- 1-Finish top 10 (Happy) 2-Finish top 5. (Very Happy) 3-Finish top 3. (So much happiness) 4-Win (Extraordinarily happy)

Top 3 at Skyline Half

Win the Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5k

Study really hard for the GRE and LSAT

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Keep breaking 5:00 in the mile at least once per year

Run the Boston Marathon at least once


I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Coach Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. Served an lds mission in Montreal Canada. I ran for Southern Utah University for over a year but have decided college track and xc isn't something I want to do, working out on my own is more enjoyable and helpful to suceeding in my academic goals. I still love running and plan on doing it as long as I can. Training for Spartan right now. I will graduate suu with a degree in psychology spring of 2019, after which I plan on getting my a Masters or PhD in industrial organizational psychology.

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This is the first time a 15 mile day felt easy.

Am- I ran the gully long run with Cubby, we ran a good pace, last gully run I will do I two years, also possibly the last practice with my team. I go into the MTC in about a day and a half, running has been helping a lot with the anxious excitement I'm feeling haha.

Pm-I ran the wasatch-pepperwood loop with Davis, it was rainy so it was nice and cool and it was pretty easy. It was a good run and it was great to get one more run in with him before my mission. I spent all the time in between these two runs doing stuff to get ready for my mission, so I was surprised at how good they felt. I could easily go for another 5 miles tonight to make 20, maybe I will after dinner? Tomorrow I will run with my Coach and if I have time maybe Tayte, I was going to run with him on Sunday but he got hurt. Also hopefully I can show up during practice one of the next two days for a little to see everyone again.

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I ran city creek canyon with Coach Murphy, it was a lot of fun and I was really grateful to get on last run with him before my mission, he's an amazing coach and I've learned so much from him! City creek was a really beautiful trail, it was cool and there was a lot of shade. Murphy also showed me memorials to Utahs veterans and war heroes, including my great uncle Mervyn Sharpe Bennion who received the medal of honor, that was really cool! On the way back, about a minute after Murphy warned me about hurting my ankle, I sprained my ankle. Its a pretty bad sprain, I had to walk another mile back to the road while Murphy ran back to get his car, that was a pretty long mile, I kept wanting to stop because it was pretty painful to walk on, but I figured the faster I got back the sooner it would be over. After that I went to Coach Murphys house and he got me some ice and food, then he took me to the hospital my dad works at, my dad checked out my foot and said it was really loose, I think it will be ok though. I have an appointment at 4:15 so I will get an xray and see if its ok. We will have to do this run again when I get back and do it without a sprained ankle haha. Hopefully by Thursday or Friday I can try to run a few miles, my hopes for the MTC mile record have taken a hit, but I'm still hoping. I will make one last post after my appointment.

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Its just a sprain, they gave me a boot though. They said two weeks, but its already feeling a lot better today, I think I will be out of it by Sunday. They have bikes there so I will preserve my fitness that way until I can run again. If I break the record I will have someone post it for me on here! This is my last post for two years! Good luck to everyone!

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