Salute To Seniors: Aubrey Argyle (Davis)

Davis senior Aubrey Argyle was a two-time state individual champion in Utah with All-American credentials and found herself in contention in many more races, while helping to lead one of the state's top distance programs at Davis over the last four years. She finishes up high school was a range of impressive personal bests including a 4:57 1600, 10:30 3200, and 17:33 5K. Argyle will be racing next for another solid program in the University of Utah.

What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

My most memorable race was sophomore year at new balance indoor nationals. I remember all the workouts before the race and training along with just four other boys on my team (who later won the 4x800 and placed second in the 4xmile). My coach wanted me to run the 5000m, which I had never ran on a track. I was so nervous weeks before and I remember running past some really decorated runners when I was warming up with my coach outside. I was aiming for top 10 in the race and maybe trying to make podium and become an All-American. The laps ticked by so fast and I remember running a 10:45 two mile (which was about 5 seconds faster than my season best), and I was in shock when I crossed the finish line in 4th place with a pretty good time. It was also my birthday that weekend so overall it was the best trip.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

My biggest competition over the years... Freshman and sophomore year my competition was mainly Lucy Biles, Alyssa Snyder, and Kashley Carter. Junior and Senior year it shifted more towards girls my age - Sara Musselman and Whitney Rich. Every year was different though.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

What I would consider to be my greatest accomplishment would be placing 3rd as a team my freshman year at Nike Cross Nationals. Also making it as a team to nationals the next two years after that.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

I wouldn't change a thing!! I had a couple injuries throughout my junior and senior year, but I've learned and grown through them. I loved my team and I loved my coaches and I loved the competition!! Running in Utah is a dream and I can't wait to continue running in Utah for college.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

The most difficult obstacles I had to overcome came my junior and senior year. I had two stress fractures that took me out for the end of the cross country season and had me sit out the last half of the track season. It was hard watching everyone be so successful and it was hard to not run at all and help my team with points. Senior year I had some issues with tendinitis the end of indoor and had some ankle problems at the end of the outdoor season. It's been hard not being able to match the times I ran freshman and sophomore year as well, but I'm surrounded by love and support!!

What will you miss the most?

DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL. I will easily miss being apart of thee Davis High School XC/Track team. The team is a family like atmosphere and everyone is so friendly all the time!! The coaches are incredible. Seriously you can't get better coaches than the ones at Davis. They put so much time and energy into the team and know each and every athlete on an individual basis - which is definitely saying something with the 200+ athletes!!

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Advice... Live in the moment!! Super cheesy, I know.. but really high school flies by so fast. & don't focus too much on the bad races, because everyone has a bad race! Work towards those races where you feel like you could run all day. Give your all to running - trust your coaches, teammates, parents, your training... just have fun! I know freshman year I put too much thought into racing and dreaded race days. Don't do that!!

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

I owe everything to my coaches. Ever since Coach Talley told me I had a strong finish as I walked across the finish line of a 5k the summer before my 8th grade year, I've trusted in everything he's said. He's the kind of coach who writes notes and drops off peanut m&ms when you've had a bad day... He's one in a million and the times I've run and the things I've accomplished could not have been done without him. Then there's Brad Anderson. Not only does he take incredible pictures, he's also the funniest most genuine guy. He lightens the mood and you're just naturally drawn towards him. He's an incredible example of optimism, love, and dedication. Last but not least, Coach T. He looks like he could still be in High School. He's always doing intervals with the team and trying to improve on his running times too. He's good at pre-race talks as well as post-race. He's almost always the first to congratulate you on a good race or help you see the good in a bad one. These three coaches are perfect together and I really do owe a lot to them. You honestly can't get better coaches than the ones at Davis High School.

What are your college plans?

My college plans... I will be running cross country as well as track at the University of Utah in the fall! I've never been more excited for anything than I am for this.

Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?
Thank you to my coaches(!!!!), my competitors, my amazing parents, and my teammates. Through running at Davis I've met some of my best friends... So a thank you to running too!!