Saturday, August 23, 2014

Camp Wrap Up

Two wicked overnight thunderstorms, a brutal hill workout, a petting zoo, and some great team bonding activities comprised the final two days of our preseason camp.  We certainly still have a lot of work to do, but I like where we are at going into the season and feel like we have several runners on the verge of big breakouts.  Our first meet is in six days in Reno at the Nevada Twilight.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Off and Running

Today featured cooler than usual temperatures (high 70's), cloudy skies, and even a few scattered showers.  The morning run featured some threshold intervals while the afternoon run was a recovery effort at Green Pond near the Snow Basin ski resort.   Grilled chicken, cous cous, and garden salad for dinner. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Year Ten

Unbelievable.  Remarkable. Where did time go?  Those are some of the thoughts going through my head as I embark on my tenth season as the Head Coach of the University of Utah Cross Country and Track & Field programs.  The cross country season has officially began as the team has reported and we are at preseason camp.  As we move forward here are some of the questions that have to be answered in order to figure how this season will go:
1.  As always...with any xc team...can we stay healthy?  We are off to a bit of a shaky start, but hopefully our current issues are primarily minor and will heal with a few less miles and a little cross training. 
2.  Who will step and lead this group?  We have several options with some accomplished upperclassmen.  But we also have some very talented youngsters.
3.  We have obtained some national recognition for our continued improvement and successful recruiting.  How will we handle that publicity?
4.  Could this be the best Utah team ever? (See #1)
5.  Can we get to the national meet for the first time ever as a team?
6.  If the answer to #5 is no, then can we get an individual to the national meet for the sixth time in seven years?  6b.  Could we get multiple individuals to the big show?
7.  Someone will unexpectedly have a breakout year....who?  

Stay tuned to find out these answers and more.  We have a couple workouts this week so I'll try to remember to take some photos and maybe get a short interview or two and post here and possibly our program facebook site.  Question 8...will Coach Bockman still run our social media sites even though he how lives in Washington and works for a different program? 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's About That Time

Only nine (9) more days until the cross team reports for preseason camp!  Where did the summer go?  We are all looking forward to another successful year.  Summer training has gone well from the reports I have received.  We will hold camp in Eden, UT again this year.  Be sure to check back for more updates.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Off to the NCAA Championships

We officially have eight qualifiers for this years NCAA Outdoor Championships.  The qualifiers are listed below with their current ranking out of the 48 competitors in their event.  The top 12 at the Prelim round move on to the NCAA Finals:

400H:  Alyssa Johnson (46)
800m:  Rosalie Waller (10) and Ali Eisenbeiss (13)
5K:  Rebekah Winterton (19) and Susannah Hurst (18)
10K:  Rebekah Winterton (6) and Susannah Hurst (13)
Hammer:  Aoife Hickey (16) and Ilse Kaaja (26)
Shot Put:  Nikkie Rudder (43)

Congrats to these women for their outstanding achievement and good luck as they look to move into the Finals.  The meet starts on Thursday in Fayetteville, AR.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Conference Week

It's conference week for the cross country team and neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor darkness will keep us from our preparation!  Susannah, AuraLea, and Rebekah had to go early this morning (7am) due to some academic conflicts this afternoon.  They had a terrific workout despite the constantly changing weather that happened to roll through this morning.  (Of course as soon as they finished the weather lightened up considerably).

Be sure to go to the cross country page at (select media tab) to check out my weekly press conference.

We are off to Colorado on Friday and race on Saturday morning at 11:40am. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Three is Our Number

While our streak of finishing third in three straight meets came to an end the number three is still going strong.  At the Stanford Invite we finished fourth for the third straight year.  Junior Susannah Hurst finished fourth in her.....I'll give you one guess....yep....third straight meet.  And now we have three weeks until our next meet.

We are still searching for more consistency in regard to our scoring five and top seven runners.  Our top  three (Rebekah, Susannah, and Andrea) all seemed to have found a grove.  However, our 4-7 are still fighting not only to improve, but when they do improve hang on or even build upon that increased output.  Most of that can be related directly to the fact that we are very young in those positions with three freshmen among the five.

If we want to achieve our preseason goals we have to continue to stay healthy/get healthy and find consistency in all of our running.

We are off for the next two weekends and return to action on October 19th at the Pre National meet on the NCAA Championship course in Terre Haute, IN.

Be sure to check out my weekly press conference at  Click on the Multi Media tab in the center of the page.