Wheaton North Newsletter 2013

Saturday, February 9 2013 - Wheaton North Quad

Wheaton North Newsletter                                                                                                       February 9, 2013

Raider(s) Of The Meet - The Raider(s) Of The Meet award will be given to those athletes that through their performances, caught the attention of the Coaches.  This week, the Coaches have selected Sam Howard, Anniken Mossefin, Katie Obendorf, Becca Everhart & Taylor Ray as our Raiders Of The Meet.  Congratulations!

Wheaton North, St. Charles North, Metea Valley
Where it all begins!  The track season has finally begun, ready or not.  It was very hard for me to believe that our first meet was upon us.  While we tried to reassure you all, the nerves in some cases, were quite evident.  The best part was that you all were able to deal with your emotions and compete to the best of your ability.  Your best, so far, on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. This has only just begun and we anticipate a season full of Personal Records,(PR's) and team success.  The challenge will be to improve from week to week, meet to meet.  The measuring stick for success is you, against.......you!    If I were to grade this meet, I'd give you all an A for effort, but a D for preparedness.  From an effort standpoint, it was there all morning.  There were some fantastic early season performances.  Even if you think you didn't compete well, you probably did.  Can anyone honestly say they didn't do there best?  Well done Raiders.  As far as Preparedness, part of that is us.  Perhaps we didn't clarify enough.  My frustration is we didn't pay attention to the details.  Glenbard South didn't report on time for their events.  That means, we weren't listening for the calls from the announcer.  Furthermore, we didn't always come prepared with the necessary tools.  Batons? Starting Blocks? Tennis balls anyone?  This has to, and will get better I'm sure.  Oh, and one more grade.  How about a B for Team Spirit?  I love how you were cheering your teammates on.  I love how you watched them compete. Watching you cheer for the 1600 M. Relay Teams was very cool. I loved it!  So why a B?  Because I believe it can be even better! Let's talk Track & Field for a bit.  There were many fine performances.  Just take a look at the results.  The big question is, "Where do we go from here?" As far as the sprint/jump/hurdles crew are concerned, we had a solid if not stellar day.  The Varsity girls were basically getting a hard workout.  Becca, Sarah, and Jasmine, thanks for a job well done.  They each ran a 800-400-400. Katelyn Hill debuted in the hurdles and ran strong. Newcomer Taylor Ray had a great first meet and ran some of our top times of the day!

It was fun watching the new crew - Erin, Aaliyah, & Julia compete for the first time!  Welcome Reganne and Anna and thanks for running today!  Cydney and Dana, thanks for providing some leadership with our younger girls.  You're still a hurdler Cydney!  Nicole - I know you weren't happy with your performance but thanks for your help!  Khaliah - get healthy!  From an overall Team picture, great first meet!  Well done Raiders.    

Crissey Chronicles - First meet of the season is in the books.  I am very proud of how all of the girls on the team competed.  Not to mention, I felt that you were quite supportive of each other throughout the meet.  The throwers had great start to the season.  Several of the ladies were quite nervous coming into the first meet, but once it was time to compete it seemed the nerves actually helped with some of their throws.  The throwers are still in a major learning phase, so the distances were probably not what they wanted.  Once they understand their technique and find a way to LET THEIR AGGRESSION OUT WITH EACH THROW the throws will take off!  This coming week will be GREAT opportunity to improve in all phases:  Strength, Technique, and Distances.  My expectation is that you improve in all three phases!
Top Performances:  Samantha Howard – 35-1; Tai Johnson – 26-2; Shaziah Bullock – 24-10.5   Kit-Kat Thower of the Meet: Teya Boykin – Teya showed a great perseverance by overcoming some nerves about using a full-glide technique in the meet.  Teya had strong performance by tossing two throws over 20 feet.   

Words of Webb -"Do you smell that, Webb? That's the start of another track season" said Coach Tacchi. And it sure is a sweet smell. Despite being short-handed, I thought the start to our season went quite well. I liked seeing all the "new" half-milers start the season. I promise, it won't be your last 800 this spring. Diane Lipa's 12:24 puts her in the top 10 all-time indoor times at Glenbard South - not bad for a first meet. The miler's all ran real well, being competitive in their respective races and establishing a nice baseline for the rest of the year. Katie Obendorf impressed, running 6:10 in her debut. Elizabeth Niedert's 5:47 was 15 seconds faster than her time last year, followed closely by Jayme Schlenker in 5:51. Can't wait to see the rest of the "distance" crew compete later this week.
Points To Ponder - “Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”–Paul J. Meyer

This Weeks Focus - Teammates  "The things I was allowed to experience, the people I was able to call friends, teammates, mentors, coaches and opponents, the travel, all of it, are far more than anything I ever thought possible in my lifetime."  - Curt Schilling

Team Building - Hey Seniors! On top of everything else, please plan a team Building Activity this week!  GOON SQUAD AND SLARBY - YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NEXT TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY!