Raider Teamwork Makes Dreams Work!

Sunday, February 26 2017 - Plainfield North Invitational

Raider Teamwork Makes Dreams Work!

This week we practice outdoors!  Be prepared with cold weather gear.  Monday's Mustang Relays are the Varsity 3200 RE, 800 RE, & 1600 RE only.  Batavia on Saturday, 2 levels LIMITED entries.

Raider(s) Of The Meet - The Raider Of The Meet award will be given to the athlete(s) that through their performances, caught the attention of the Coaches.  This week, the Coaches have selected Bianca Montenegro, Shellaney Smith, Cameron Rogers, Kelsey Breen, & Lamya Pulliam, as our Raiders Of The Meet.   Each of these girls set, or met an Indoor Career Best time/distance. Congratulations!

Plainfield North Invitational
What do India Lucas, Katyla Sims, Lamya Pulliam, Krisa Kreshpanji, TaJanae Tate, Suvannah Williams, Julia Clingen, and Gianna Anderson have in common?  They all volunteered to compete in events at Plainfield North in order for our team to compete.  Without these girls stepping up, our line-up would have been incomplete.  Thanks so much for helping your Raider teammates!  With that being said, even though we didn't score big, we did manage to post quite a few PR's and career bests!  I also appreciate all the girls that came along to cheer their teammates on.  Your support is appreciated!  On a special note to all of you, please remember that weekly we are faced with great competition.  We run 3A schools with huge enrollments vs our 2A enrollment of 1175.  We believe the best competition brings out the best results.  Just check out the PR numbers this week. 20 PR's with 12 being career PR's!  Well done Raiders.

Coach Crissey - Although, the season is still young, we are too inconsistent. The expectation is that we are working toward setting new PR's, or coming close to setting new PR's, each week. To be able to perform at a high-level each week one cannot just expect to show up at the meet and out throw, run, or jump everybody. athletes who give their best effort into practice will see the benefits of that in the truck. I am disappointed by the slow start with some of our throwers but I am also very pleased with how others have approached their work and practice. Grayson Breen and Nikki Newman both set new PR's in shotput.  Small, but mighty! That is the phrase the bus describes those two athletes. Not only did they utilize great technique, but their explosiveness help them to achieve their new records.  I'm excited for the week ahead and an opportunity to improve.

Coach Orlow - The distance team again competed their hearts out this weekend.  The Plainfield North Relay meet was stacked with 3A teams and the distance runners stuck their nose into every race.  Most ran to season best times and six recorded PR’s.  In the 800m, Kendall Arlasky 's team leadership is showing up in races this season. After choosing to run in a faster heat she raced to a season best of 3:10.5 in the 800m.  High Jumper Justine Drake (3:13.15) came back to distance with a season best.  Bianca Montenigro after being hurt with a hip injury ran her fast race Friday night posting a 12 second PR.  The two freshman stars Danae Kay (3:15.0) and Shayan Malik (3:19.06) both ran to 6 second PR’s. In the 3200m Relay Emma Johnson started us off with a 2:51.06 split and handed off to frosh sensation Ella McLaren who ran a 2:47.97 effort for a 6 second PR.  Ali Salt (2:57.61) was next with another 800m PR who handed off to Cassidy Shirley (3:02.11) who ran to a season best time.  In the Distance Medley Relay we were trying to figure it out and didn’t get the times we wanted Fay Kay (3:09.14), Shellaney Smith (72.85), Grace Gibson (4:52.29) and Kat Acabal (6:52.83) all put in good efforts.   In the 1600m Relay Julia Clingen (6:05.6) ran a smart race earning an eight second PR .   Ava Childs 5:59.28) and Abby Schlenker (5:41.94) raced aggressively attacking the start and finishing strong.  Courtney Knight (6:31.56) was disappointed in her first race but will come back from her injury and be ready to run with the top athletes in a few weeks.   

Coach Tacchi - What can I say other than I truly enjoyed this meet.  The sprinters came to play and placed in the 55 Hurdle Relay, just missed in the 55 Dash relay, and placed both in the JV and Varsity 4 X 200 Relays.  Not bad for a team somewhat patched together.  On top of that, our High Jump crew was decimated but we had Julia Clingen (4'3") and India Lucas (4'1") step up to help Maggie Sims. Lamya Pulliam long jumped for the first time in her career with a 13'6" jump and Krista Kreshpanji chipped in a career best in the triple jump! Props go to first time hurdlers Suvannah Williams and TeJanae Tate for helping Cameron Rogers and Krista grab an award in the hurdles. I'd still like to see improvement in our race preparation.  ALL sprinters should be using starting blocks and ALL relay teams need to use tennis ball markers.  "By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail." Who were our PR people? The 4 X 200 relays of India Lucas, Katyla Sims, Cameron Rogers, & Lamya Pulliam and Suvannah Williams, Krista Kreshpanji, Ania Gniatczyk and Tejanae Tate, the 4 X 4 of Ania, Krista, Shellaney Smith, & TeJanae all ran Raider seasons bests. Well done Raiders!  Time to work!

Team Quote - "Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates." - Magic Johnson