Raider's Knock Some Rust, Competition Off!

Monday, April 18 2016 - Glenbard South Raider Invitational


Coaches Corner

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 Kelsey Breen, Gianna Anderson, Erica Mote, Mikayla Jacoby, Katie King, Marissa Ray, Lily Taylor, & Daziyah Arrington as our Raiders Of The Meet. Congratulations!

MSC Quad/Raider Invitational/Senior Night

In what became the best week of weather we have had in a long time, the raider Girls got off to a promising start in our Tuesday, and friday Night meets. Congratulations to our Senior Girls, Kate Longo, Tai Johnson, Diane Lipa, Anna Dyrda, Esther Niedert, and Erica Mote! Thanks for the time and committment you have shared with us. Tuesday gave us an opportunity to knock some rust off and that's exactly what we did because on Friday, we looked even better. Perhaps the most stellar performances from this past week came from discus thrower, Kelsey Breen. Kelsey thru a career best 113-01 on Tuesday and followed that up with a even better career throw of 116-11 on Friday night. This didn't happen by accident. Kelsey began to train year round in her effort to improve! Well done Kelsey!   Friday night brought about massive PR's. In total, we registered over 39 PR's. Too many for me to name everyone, but here are a few I thought stood out. Kelsey Breen of course. Gianna Anderson made us take notice with team leading performances in the 100 & 400 Meter dashes. Gianna, where do we go from here? Erica Motes career best 3200. Marissa Ray had a nice evening, and we welcomed back Kate Longo to our team! Kate had a 6-06 vault after only 2 practices! In general, I thought the relays looked good even if we had a miscue. Nice work Raiders.

TOC Time -     I honestly don't have too much more to add. I liked the way we competed. Just for the record, I thought the relays on both levels were awesome but the 4 X 400 needs work. Last year, we all registered 63's - you're in shape now go for it!   As sprinters-jumper-hurdlers we registered 5 relays PR's, and 22 individual event PR's, there's really not much to complain about. As I said to Gianna earlier, where do we go from here? We will have to make some tough decisions going forwards on our relays and we are running out of time. To be fair to everyone, I have to look at head to head competition. Be ready when your opportunity comes. In reality, you will make those decisions by your performances. Good luck girls! DON'T BE SATISFIED. TRAIN HARD. RACE HARDER.

I want to thanks the girls who made Senior night a special night. Thanks for putting in the extra hours to put together the wonderful gifts and posters. They were appreciated.

The "O Knows"- The Raider Invite saw many Distance PRs. The JV 3200 Relay started it off with Grace Gibson (2:51.91) leading off with a 5 second PR. Then Cassidy Shirley (3:00.66) anchored with a 4 second PR giving us a fifth place finish. In the race Abby Schlenker (2:27.4) did a great job of giving us the lead and handing off to Ava Childs (2:38.2) who broke the 2:40 mark to earn a PR. The Freshman Flash Julia Clingen (2:40.5) then ran to her PR also almost braking 2:40.   All three of our 3200m runners did a great job of placing and getting team points! Katie King (13:24.79) ran a smooth race notching a 32 second PR taking third on the JV level. Both our Varsity runners stuck their nose in it with Courtney Knight (13:02.35) taking the lead during the first quarter of the race getting her season best time. Erica Mote (12:44.53) made her move at the half way point breaking her three year old PR. AWESOME RACE! In the 800m all three Raiders set a PR.   Bianca Montenegro (3:07.05) set a 7 second PR racing to a 7th place JV finish.   Mikayla Jacoby (3:18.2) cruised to a 14 second PR in the same race. On the Varsity level Sophie Nelson (3:03.24) almost broke 3:00 setting a four second PR. In the JV 400 Lamya Pulliam (73.1) ran a 3 second PR on a bad leg. Champ Ava Child (6:01.0) won the JV 1600m pulling Julia Clingen (6:14.73) to a 14 second PR and a place.   In the Varsity 1600m Abby Schlenker (5:29.21) ran splits of 75,2:36,4:00 to earn her a fourth place finish and then she came back to ran on the fifth place 1600 Relay.

The Crissey Chronicles - I'd like to welcome the newest members of PR City: Ashley Dodge, Maggie Bair, Grace Buckley, Nikki Newman, Ciara Jackson, and Kelsey Breen! It was a great day to be a Raiders Thrower on Friday night at the Raider Invite. After a good week of practice, I felt that we had a strong potential for strong performances at the meet. And that is what just what the ladies did. At the JV level, Grace and Nikki set PRs. Grace set PRs in shot and discus! In shot she threw 23-9 and discus her mark was 72-0. Grace's 72-footer was good enough to place third overall. Nikki PRd in discus with a toss of 67-11, placing her 5th. Ashley Dodge, who just keeps getting better, had a great meet! She set a new PR in discus with a mark of 82-0. With a little more technique work, Ashley will be throwing 90-feet in no time. Maggie Bair launched a new PR in shot with a mark of 29-5. I think she would have set a new PR for height to on her throw. Her toss was probably 30-feet high. CeCe Jackson is getting back to form. She had two marks in shot over 30-feet. The star of the night goes to Kelsey Breen. Kelsey had an unbelievable week in discus. It all started on Tuesday by throwing over state qualifying (112'). On Friday night, Kelsey threw two MONSTER throws of 113' and 116'11". She is working towards 120" to get that FISH!

Points To Ponder   - "I WILL BEAT HER. I will train harder. I will eat cleaner. I know her weakness. I know her strengths. I’ve lost to her before, but not this time. She is going down. I have the advantage because I know her well. She is the Old Me." -Bonnie Pfiester