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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.)

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran on the SUU Cross Country/Track and Field teams

8th fastest 1600m runner in Alta history (well 9th now)


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:

Fix my achilles and then run consistently

Backing off on short term goals for a minute, but I'd like to start training for marathons.

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

Do Spartan again and finish well, without burning or spraining something


I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Coach Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. I ran for Southern Utah University for a year or two. I am currently a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University studying industrial organizational psychology. Right now my main goals are to get healthy and then run consistently.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 28.20 Year: 169.65
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I ran with my team in the gully today, we did time trial of the gully long run today. Before that we did a mile warm up. I ran the 6.25 or so miles in 47:48, which is a decent time for that challenging of a course and even though that's a 7:45ish pace that's not bad for the gully at all. I finished 2nd for the team, about 6 minutes behind Kramer, I need to work on closing that gap by a few minutes before the season starts and during the season. There was no one close to me for most of the run after Kramer took off, but in the last 1.5 miles Ashton showed up 100 meters behind me and by the time about a mile was left he had passed me, I went all out the last mile and got back ahead of him but I was really impressed with his closing speed today. He has been working really hard all summer, pulling out high 40s to 50s miles per week, and the results of his great efforts are really showing! I'm really excited to see how our team does this year, I think we have a lot of potential! I think I might go swimming at work if any of the lanes are clear today.

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We ran at the cottonwood complex with some guys from the Alta cross country 2008 state champion team, it was really cool. We warmed up 3 miles or so and then we did mile repeats, we did two miles repeats around the course, both of mine were in the 5:40s or 50s which isn't good. Then we did an 800, I didn't work hard the first 600 or so and then I kicked the last 200 and caught gained a lot of ground on people but I kicked about 100 meters too late, although I was very tired after the 800 I could have been more so. After that we did a mile cool down after that. I'm disappointed in my performance today but I just need to be patient and work hard consistently. Looking forward to Alta run tomorrow, I know that run will push me.

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I went to Alta with my team and we ran up there, we did some easy laps around the parking lot before starting the long run. I ran the 3 miles up to the campground and tried to stay with my coaches, Kramer, and Braydon but I wasn't able to. I stayed within 100 meters, maybe 50 of them up to the campground but the last time I saw them was at the beginning of the 2nd lap of the campground. Then I ran back down and waited for people, when Kramer and Jake got down I did a lap around the parking lot with them a pretty good pace. I had a solid run today and I pushed myself, I am a lot stronger of a runner than the first time I did it this summer. If I had known I had time I would have done another lap or two but I wasn't sure. I just need to keep running hard, maybe drop some pounds and I will start feeling really good and run fast.

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Race: Draper days 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:18:48, Place overall: 28, Place in age division: 7
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