A Week to Peak!Sunday, May 1 2016 - WWS Tiger Invitational
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 Katie King, Courtney Knight, Julia Clingen, Krista Kreshpanji, Claire Hill, & Ania Gniatczyk, as our Raiders Of The Meet. Congratulations!
We are knocking on the door. The door that leads us to the Conference-Sectional-State Trifecta. Are we ready? Over the past 2 meets (Tuesday & Friday) we have had over 40 PR's! To have that many this late in the season indicates we are still improving and moving towards the peak performances we will need in the coming weeks. The question you may need to ask yourself is "Am I ready?" Only you know that answer. I am often asked why we are in the WWS meet? We were clearly overmatched and we won't win the meet so , why were we there. For me, it's simple. Great competition often brings out the best in people. It causes "Some women to break, others to break records!" On Tuesday, Katie King, Mikayla Jacoby, Julia Clingen, Kate Longo, Skylar Moloney, Claire Hill, Esther Niedert, Maggie Bair, Bianca Lupa, Emma Taylor, Maiya Todd, Ania Gniatczyk, Abby Bodine, Simone Banks, Marissa Ray, Kylee LaFalce all had career matching or career bests performances. At WWS, Abby Schlenker, Courtney Knight, Ava Childs, Katie king, Julia Clingen, Krista Kreshpanji, Emma Taylor, TeJanae Tate, Joslynn Hibbler, Ciara Jackson, Kate Longo, Sarah Robinson, Sarah Nardella, and Justine Drake also had career matching or career bests performances. Unbelievable! I also have to give props to the 8th place finishing 800 M. Relay Team of Gianna Anderson, TeJanae Tate, Maiya Todd, and Marissa Ray for running a seasons best 1:50.95, Kelsey Breen's 9th place finish in the Discus, and the 1600 M. Relay team of Anderson, Todd, Ania Gniatczyk, and Krista Kreshpanji for running a season's best 4:25.83. Are we ready for the Trifecta? We will find out soon enough.
Tacchi Time - The Sprinter-Jumper-Hurdling Crew turned in a 29 PR performance over the course of the week. That's a pretty good performance. However, it was clear to me that many of you aren't happy with how you are performing at this point of the season. As we have discussed, there are a variety of reasons for this that I won't rehash. At this point, let's focus on the positive and get ready for Conference. I hope you don't need any more motivation than that! As for me? I think we're close. Hopefully, as the weather heats up, so will we. However, keep in mind that we did have over 29 PR's from our core group.
O's No's - With almost all of them at some point during their race at the front or winning their heat the distance team showed no fear at the Tiger Invite! As a result, most earned PR’s and one broke the state qualifying standard. In the 3200m, just like year, Courtney Knight is again waiting until the end of the season to run great times. Her 12:17.11 was almost a minute faster than her season best posted just two weeks ago and broke her PR by two seconds. Erica Mote (12:44.15) is making her senior year the best running season of her life by just missing another PR by a second. She was a little disappointed with her time but Diane Lipa (12:06.6) still ran a seven second season PR in her first outdoor 3200m. In the category of I wish we filmed it. Julia Clingen (2:35.82) ran a text book 800m setting a 4 second PR winning her heat. Two more PR’s were set by her teammates Grace Gibson (2:50.07) and Cassidy Shirley (2:53.02) as they raced to the finish line close behind. To finish off the night all three 1600m runner s came close to or won their heats on the way to setting new PR’s. Katie King (5:56.38) started it off with an eight second PR while in attack mode during the entire race. Then Ava Child (5:42.81) busted out in her heat to a five second PR. To top it off Abby Schlenker (5:20.22) lead her heat from the start to finish winning in over three seconds and running a 1600m state qualifying time in the process. Coaches are excited to see what times these girls can run to finish out the season at the BIG 3 MEET, Conference, Sectionals and State.
The Crissey Chronicles - The Tiger Invite has come and gone. It was a pressure packed meet. For the throwers, I know they wish they could have a "do over" in some of their attempts. In discus, Ashley Dodge and Kelsey Breen did not have the performances they desired and are accustomed to. I know the effort was there but sometimes it is just not your day in the ring. Maggie Bair continues to improve in discus. She is throwing with more confidence in the discus ring. For shot put, Nikki Newman continues her consistent performances. She had three throwers in the 24'-25' range. Maggie Bair is ready for a big toss this next week at conference. Ciara Jackson was not happy with her mark in shot but, like Maggie, she is due for a great meet next week. I am looking forward to improving this week in preparation for conference at ACC.
Points To Ponder - “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all” – Sam Ewing
This Weeks Focus - Conference night, Conference performances
Team Building - This Thursday, May 5th is the Conference Pasta Dinner at Coach Tacchi's. I'll provide the pasta, salad, and beverage. Please bring a dessert to share.