Doug Robinson: A dream mile and a dream season

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  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    June 28, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    Track and field isn't about competing in a conference. It's about who you train with as a coach and team mates who can give you training partners. Even though I graduated from Utah I would never recommend the Utah track team (and I was a collegiate half miler) to anyone. No coach, no teammates and really dismal track facilities despite a new track. I know you were throwing down a challenge to other local schools but they don't compete just in conference meets (BYU in fact does not compete with the WCC as you implied.) BYU and Weber both have great track teams and coaches. Feeney would actually see better competition at both schools than at the U. A girl of Feeney's caliber should instead go to Arizona, Oregon or Oregon State if she truly wants to excel in her events. I suggest you go to the NCAA Track final results and see who in the PAC 12 is really a great team. Sorry but Utah is a desert as far as opportunity goes.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    June 27, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    @SLCWatch and Weber State Grade
    The fact that she chose Utah is one of the reasons why the PAC 12 membership is so awesome. I certainly understand the argument for going to one of the other PAC 12 schools and being on a better team. However, she can compete against the nation's top track and field athletes as a Ute, and stay somewhat close to home. She is far too talented to pick one of the other Utah schools and compete in the Big Sky, the WCC or even the Mountain West.

  • Jem Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    I agree with Mr. Barton. I was going to be extremely disappointed if someone didn't cover what Sarah has accomplished in the past month. Our Utah prep distance runners continuously make a mark on the national stage but rarely get local media acknowledgement. Congrats to Sarah, her parents and coaches on a phenomenal senior year!

  • Brad Barton Ogden, UT
    June 26, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    Finally, a sportswriter who gets it.

    Most newspaper stories have treated Sarah's recent incredible accomplishments as if these were just same old, same old prep results. I've been looking for a great big, "holy cow," article that really put her tremendous feats of athleticism into their proper perspective.

    Well done Doug Robinson! You really captured the essence and drama of what Sarah has accomplished. Thank you for caring enough about Utah sports and prep track and field to notice what this amazing young lady and her talented coach, Alydia Barton, have accomplished.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    June 25, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    Too bad she chose Utah. I would have rather seen her follow Ogden greats like Sarah Callister to Weber State. Coach Pilkington is one of the best distant coaches in the nation and Feeny would have had both Barton and Pilkington by her side as she moves onto the next level.

    Good luck to this young lady!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Excellent performances and commendable development. I don't understand the U of U choice when the PAC 12 has legitimate track and field schools. At Utah she might as well keep Barton as her personal coach. She would go further. Look for her to be the lone runner from the U each year that makes it to regionals.