Raiders Celebrate Senior Night

Sunday, April 30 2017 - WWS Tiger Invitational

Senior Night/WWS Newsletter

Pasta Party at Coach Tacchi's on Thursday. Bring a dessert to share!

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 Grayson Breen, Emma Taylor, Sarah Robinson, Maggie Sim, Korriana Wilson, Kayla Crowder, and Katie King, as our Raiders Of The Meet. Congratulations!

Senior Night/WWW Invite
Tuesday night at South ended up being a PR storm with our Raiders scoring 44 PR's/Career/Seasons bests! The Tiger Invite brought an additional 20 PR's! That's an incredible week by any measurement. On Tuesday there were so many career pr's that I can't name them all. My highlights include Korriana Wilson, Sarah Robinson, Emma Taylor, Maiya Todd, Cassidy Shirley, Sophie Nelson, Julia Clingen, and many more. At WWS, Courtney Knight looked great as did Katie King, Kayla Crowder, Maggie Sim, Ali Salt, and the 4X2 and 4X4 relays of Ania Gniatczyk, Maiya Todd, Joslyn Hibbler, India Lucas, Katyla Sims, and Krista Kreshpanji. I can't forget to mention Emma Taylor who placed 6th in HJ and Grayson Breen who won the discus! Both relays recorded season's best times for our Raider Relays. An excellent week performance wise and we are still not a total team. Tuesday night was also senior night. We celebrated the 14 seniors and showered them with gifts. Thanks to all those who have helped us! Be prepared for Conference this week!

Coach Crissey - I can't believe the season is coming to a close. From the throwing crew, we have achieved so much but still have such a long way to go. I wish we had more time so we can continue with our gains and effort. I am proud of all the girls and how they have competed, especially of late. At the open meet on Tuesday, Ashley Dodge busted out with a 96 foot throw in discus. Maggie Bair continues to show consistency in shotput, while throwers like Kaya Cloutier, Taylor Pickens, and Kayla Crowder are still on the rise. As usual, the Tiger invite, a.k.a. mini state, was fun to watch for the throwers. Maggie Bair had two awesome throws, both in the 31 foot range. Nikki Newman tossed out a few throws around 26 feet. I know she is not satisfied with those marks, and I am sure she will continue to push forward. Kayla Crowder had an awesome performance and set a new personal record with a throw in shotput over 27 feet. In discus, Ashley Dodge had two throws over 96 feet. Grayson Breen was in the spotlight Friday night. He entered the meet is the top drawer in the discus event. He did not disappoint, and throughout a big throw on her first attempt. With a mark of 118 feet she won the Tiger Invite. This is a huge accomplishment in his career.
Coach Orlow - For the most part our distance crew competed great. Both Courtney Knight (12:30.08) and Katie King (5:48.78) lead their heats most of the race. With Courtney just missing her 3200m PR and Katie nailing her 1600m. In the 800m Ella McLaren (2:44.35) and Kat Acabal (2:46.31) earned 2 second PRs. Mikayla Jacoby (13:43.79) and Ali Salt (13:38.19) worked together to push each other to life time bests. Way to go on the awesome race night!

Coach Tacchi/Crenshaw - Earlier in the season it looked like we were really struggling. For whatever reason it seemed that you didn't trust each other. In order to be successful, you have to have each others backs. When one athlete is out, another must step in to replace her. Those athletes need the support of the team. Friday night we were once again short handed. Katyla Sims, India Lucas, Shelly Smith, and Ania Gniatczyk had to step up. The results were our 2nd fastest time in the 4X1, the fastest time in the 4X2, and the fastest time in the 4X4. My personal opinion is that we have more in us. Emma Taylor came up big in the HJ this week with a 5-02 jump on Tuesday and a 4-11 jump on Friday. The sprinter/jumper/hurdler crew accounted for 24 of the 44 PR's on Tuesday, and 8 of our 20 on Friday night. These numbers don't include the super 400 splits we received from Ania Gniatczyk, (62.2) and Maiya Todd, (63.7). Korriana Wilson and Claire Hill had hugh PR's in the TJ, and Sarah Robinson soared to 9-00 on Tuesday and friday night! Emma Taylor went 5-2 on Tuesday and placed at WWS with a 4-11 jump. I personally am looking forwards to putting it all together as a team. We don't have much time left!

Team Quote - "You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages." - Michelle Obama