KAYSVILLE – Even the worst snowstorms aren’t enough to stop these runners. The 2014 indoor track season, serving as a bridge between the fall cross-country races and the start of the outdoor track season in the spring, is set to start next week for participating schools. Though the Utah High School Activities Association doesn’t officially recognize indoor track, the Davis High track team sees it as the perfect opportunity to keep their feet moving.
“It doesn’t get too much attention, but we definitely take it seriously,” said coach Corbin Talley. “It helps us be stronger and more ready.”
Though the indoor track season is relatively short, wrapping up in February, it has most of the same events as the more well-known outdoor track.
“We don’t get to throw the discus or javelin, but almost everything else is there,” said Talley. “There’s still hurdles, and all the same distance races.”
One event that is changed slightly is the 100 meter dash, which is bumped down to 60 meters due to the length of the indoor course.
“It’s the distance of the longest straightaway you can make,” he said. “The length of most of the races are still the same, but the track itself is slightly smaller.”
There are fewer venues for indoor races, with most events occurring at either a university track or the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City. Still, the other runners make sure that all of the athletes get the most out of every race.
“Utah’s a good state when it comes to track and field and cross country,” said Talley. “So there’s pretty good competition at these indoor races.”
In order to stay on top, the runners have to maintain a serious practice schedule. Though the techniques are similar to other practices throughout the year, there are some concessions to the season.
“We have to work out inside a lot of times because it’s so cold,” he said.
Distance runners, however, don’t get a break just because the weather is a little frosty.
“They still go outside,” said Talley. “We just bundle up.”
No matter where they practice, the effort ends up paying off. Davis has sent runners to the Nike Indoor Nationals more than once, And last year Shea Martinez, Ellie Child and Taylor Cox won the 4x800 meter relay. Brad Nye, another former Davis runner, was also a national champion in the 1600 meter.
“That was fun,” said Talley.
The Davis High team takes an even longer view than the national finals, however. A major reason the team gets so involved in outdoor track is so that they’ll be in better shape for the upcoming outdoor season.
“We want to have as much preparation as we can going in to the outdoor season,” said Talley. “The other teams may think of it as an off season, but we want to be ready.”