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Sunday, February 11 2018 - Wheaton North Quad

Raider Track News

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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 Nikki Newman, Maggie Sim, and Ania Gniatczyk as our Raiders Of The Meet. Congratulations!

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Time is already flying as we have completed three weeks of practice in a very cramped field house. Sharing the facility has given us precious little time to work on our field events - Shot, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long, and triple Jumps. I'd like to commend those girls for competing when they weren't totally prepared. I also don't want anyone to get too uptight about hand-offs as we haven't had much time to work on those either. Overall, I thought we competed well. That's what's in your control. If your effort is there that's all we can ask.

Coach Crissey - First meet is in the books. What a wide ray of emotions we saw coming from the throwers. We had some competitors that were extremely nervous and a few that were very relaxed. It’s okay to be a little nervous, but don’t let it be demoralizing. Use those emotions to your benefit. Place all your anxieties, excitement, and nerves into the shot and let it rip! Remember, you cannot forget your training and technique. Your technique will carry you through. Congrats to Azaylia Childress, Brooke Scholtens, and Anna Widicus on giving their best effort in their first high school meet. We had some standout performances today by the more veteran throwers. Adedayo Fatuga started the season on fire with a toss of 27-3.75. Nikki Newman had the performance of the day with an outstanding throw of 30-6. Going into next week, we must improve our focus, technique, and effort in the weight room.

Coach Bledsoe - The distance runners have been putting in 30 mile work weeks to prepare for this season, and they could not have had a stronger start. Finishing with an overall time of 11:13.40 in the 3200 meter relay, Katie King, Ania Gniatczyk, Ali Salt, and Ellie Stewart have proved that hard work does pay off. Katie king followed her run up with a career indoor best of 6:09 in the 1600! Pole Vaulters Amara Bodine, and Kaitlyn Jepsen continue to show perseverance and dedication to their event working hard each day to improve their vaulting skills. Kat Acabal, Cassidy Shirley, Mikayla Jacoby, and Bianca Montenegro all had great times in the 1600 meter run. They demonstrated teamwork by running as a pack around the track, pushing each other towards faster times. Bianca had an awesome quote when she crossed the finish line "That went by so fast!" Congrats also go the the 800 runners Gianna Alexander & Gabby Resse for competing their first ever Indoor 800 and Erin Matos for matching her time at last years meet! The Distance Team will continue to work hard this week to improve and reach our goals.

Coach Tacchi - As Coach Crissey mentioned above, sometimes your nerves can get the best of you! Nervousness is normal, being anxious becomes counter-productive. I often use the phrase, "Keep things in perspective." I understand you want to do well. I understand that you don't want to let your teammates down. Please understand this: if you gave your best effort, that's all your teammates can ask.
For our first meet I thought we had some great, early season performances. We also had some performances I know you weren't happy with. Joslynn Hibbler told me we need to get in shape. I agree. It's time to go to work! Highlights included a huge amount of kids competing in the field events and the hurdles. We've never had so many brave athletes. Congrats to our newbies Casey Wheeler, Kimmy Smith and new to HJ Lily Taylor, and to our hurdle crew of Hailey Bjarnson, Aracely Carrillo, Meera Puthenmadom, and Laura Reese for a job well done. What I appreciate the most is everyone was on time for their events and the efforts I witnessed. I also want to acknowledge a couple of Personal record moments - Cameron Rogers had an indoor hurdle PR of 10.2, Amara Bodine had a career pr in the 55D or 8.8, Lamya Pulliam had a career best of 8.2 in the 55 Dash and 13-11 in the LJ, Emma Taylor tied her Indoor best of 5-0, Maggie Sim had a career best jump of 4-08, and Ania Gniatcayk had an all-time indoor best of 2:32.19 in the 800 M. Run!

Team Reminder - In the coming weeks, we have events to fill. We left the 400 Dash, Triple Jump, 3200, and the 4X400 uncovered. If we want to be a successful team, we can't have empty events. Don't forget we have a JV Meet Thursday and a Home meet Saturday!