Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Run Run as Fast as you Can......

Each year our city holds an annual Hershey Track meet, where all the kids from each of the schools here compete in various track and field events.  My kids really look forward to this each year and we enjoy watching them as well.

William's track meet was first this year and he decided to run the 800 meter (2 laps) and the 1600 meter (a mile).  He ran the 1600 meter race first.  I was a little nervous for him as he hasn't really been training much as Utah's weather is still cold in April, but was excited to see how well he would do.
 Coming on strong.
 Here come's the pack.
 Coming around the bend.
 The end is in site!  Eye on the prize.
 Push it, push it, push it!!!!
William came in second place with a time of 5:56.  How many of you can run the mile in under 6 minutes????

 Not too shabby.

Little Miss cheering for her favorite runner!!!  Their school is the Brookside Tigers- so she's got her tiger whiskers and orange tongue for the occasion.  
 Will had some time between races, so he spent part of that with us in the shade and the other parts hanging out with friends in the bleachers.  The 800 meter race was the last big race, so he had some time to cool down and get ready for it.

On the first corner William was towards the mid-back of the pack.
 The second lap William started making his move, passing everyone up.
 Crossing the finish line with everyone else far, far behind.  8 seconds ahead of the next person.

 1st place with a time of 2:48 seconds.  

Will- will go on to race again against the top six winners from our city to see who will compete at the district level.  Way to GO!!!

One week later.....

Golden- not to be left behind also likes the longer races.  He and Will are about the same height, but Golden always seems to be in high-waters, as his legs are definitely where the length comes in.  He puts those legs to good use as he runs.  This year he ran the 400 meter race again and ran the 800 meter for the first time.

The 800 meter race was first.  There were about 20+ boys racing in this race.  
 I love watching the kids run- they can represent their mom.  :)
 Coming up from behind.
 Clear winner!!!
 Deep breaths- you did it!

Four of the six boys were all from the same school and their school was pretty excited about it and then they announced Golden and all the kids around him jumped up and started shouting how their school was #1!  


The 400 meter race- one lap.  There were A LOT of boys running the 400 meter race.  They had 4 or 5 different heats to spread them out and there were 15-20 boys in each one.
 McKay got some good positioning from the start- towards the front, but not in the very front.
 The leader of the race was clearly in the lead for all the race.  McKay put on the speed at the end and took him by surprise. 

 Photo finish.  I was trying to time the race and take pictures at the same time.  People around me were asking me who won and I couldn't tell.  My picture is half a foot too high.  
The judges ruled it a tie at 1:15. 

 Tied for third place.  Both from the same school.  Way to go boys.  
Golden will be going to race again next month to see if he will represent our city at district.  Way to GO!!!

Bella races tomorrow- so we'll see how we do.

Bass bass- who plays the Bass???

This year William has been playing in their school orchestra.  I hope he has been enjoying it- he doesn't really like to admit it to any of us.  His school participated in a "Monster" Concert this last week, which basically was a huge orchestra performance including 21 different schools in the area.  I think it was a neat experience for all the kids to perform with so many others.  

Notice the basses in the very back.  Out of the 21 schools they had 6 basses and our William was one of them.  (He's on the very end- towards center stage.  He also helped us out by wearing a suit that made it easier to recognize him.)

 William showing his Awesome plucking techniques.
 Using the bow.
 Being awesome!
 Such a stud.
William and his friend Rosey- both from the Brookside.

I tried recording parts of the performance.  Here is a little taste.   Sorry for the wobbliness- guess I was just too "moved" by the music- or I can't hold a camera steady.

We're glad that William has chosen to try something new with his talents.  Love that kid!!!