Thursday, April 23, 2009
She has her Albuquerque All-City Track and Field Meet Monday, April 27th--they will meet up with their biggest competition, Desert Ridge Middle School who fielded the only relay team to beat them last year at the all city meet. Good luck to Brooke and the rest of the LBJ athletes in the all-city meet!
Here are a few pictures Greg took at the district meet:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Academy Senior Wins 9 of 10 Events
ARCADIA, Calif. — Albuquerque Academy senior Curtis Beach set — no, make that smashed — a national high school record in the decathlon on Thursday and Friday, winning nine of 10 events at the Arcadia Invitational in amassing a score of 7,909.
The old prep record is believed to be about 7,440. Beach’s total would have placed him third in last year’s NCAA men’s decathlon championships.
In a post-event interview with RunnerSpace.com, Beach said the record performance came as a result of focusing on each event as it came.
“I thought I could get it last year, but I never put a good decathlon together,” he said. “I came in with a totally different mind-set this time, just doing the best I can in each event and seeing what happens instead of trying to live up to expectations.”
Beach, competing unattached in a prestigious California high school meet, placed first in the 100-meter dash (10.99 seconds), the long jump (22 feet, 10½ inches), the shot put (44-8), the high jump (6-9½), the 400 meters (48.16), the 110-meter hurdles (14.42), the pole vault (14-5¼), the javelin (155-9) and the 1,500 meters (4:09.48). He was second in the discus (133-4) and won the overall competition by more than 1,500 points.
Beach said his biggest improvement came in the javelin, where he bested his previous top effort by some 25 feet.
“I went from 130 (feet) to 155,” he said. “I threw two 47-plus-meter throws (154 feet or better), so I think it will continue to improve.”
Needing a time of 4:10 in the final event — the 1,500 meters — to reach 7,900, he finished almost 40 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
“I’m really, really happy,” he said. “I’ve trained hard for a really long time.”
Beach has signed to attend Duke next fall, but first will compete for Academy this spring. In last year’s state meet, he won four events (110- and 300-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump) and finished second in the 200 meters to score a meet-best 33 points. He was later named Gatorade’s New Mexico Boys track and field athlete of the year and won the Great Southwest meet decathlon championship.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
And now to where Brent has been called to serve...
My first thought when Brent got to the part of where he was serving, was that he was messing with us (his Uncle Matt and Aunt Jana live in that mission's boundaries) LOL.
Another funny thing...Brent had stopped reading his letter after the part where it told "where" he would be serving. Family friend, Mellisa Motley had noticed passport papers in his stack of papers about 5 or 10 minutes afterwards and went up to Brent and said, "Brent, I think you better finish reading your letter. I think you may have missed something..." (She had seen another relative stop reading their letter and knew from experience that Brent should probably continue reading). Brent picked up his letter and read:
"You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president."
Greg and I both had our prayers answered. I was hoping for a United States mission and Greg was hoping for a Spanish speaking one (Greg served his mission in Houston-Spanish speaking, while waiting for his Visa to go to Spain, where he finished his mission).
The Minnesota Minneapolis Mission covers many areas: most of Minnesota, a bit of Canada (hence the need for a passport), a tiny portion of Michigan, part of Wisconsin, and a small portion of Iowa.
He really wanted to take out his endowments at the Albuquerque Temple so we went that very evening. Here are a few pictures after our visit to the temple...
Brooke and Andrea did baptisms with the Schaap family while we were in our session.
Here we all are (windblown) after our time at the temple.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Here the letter sits...waiting to be opened. Where will Brent be called to serve his mission? Pittsburgh? Austrailia? Ukraine (with Landon Hill)? Delaware?
I put in my guesses as either New York (somewhere east coast) or Spain (that's where Greg served). Brian is guessing California or Brazil. Jenny (Jorgensen Skousen) also guessed New York and Guatemala. Pam Jorgensen guessed North Dakota and Canada (I could see Canada Pam!). Brooke said Washington but I can't remember what country.
All of the guessing and waiting will be over at 3 PM MST today...