Raiders Win 8th Straight! Finish Undefeated in Metro!

Sunday, May 6 2018 - Metro Suburban Conference Meet

Raiders Win 8th Straight! Finish Undefeated in Metro!

Metro Suburban Championships
Unbelievable! someone had told me we would win 8 Conference Championships in a row on both levels I wouldn't have believed it! It was very difficult for me to know what kind of team we had. To be honest, I wasn't confident going in. In the end, you all proved me a bit wrong! In my letter I mentioned that if you all PR'd, everything would take care of itself. It turns out I hit the nail on the head with that statement. In total, there were 39 Individual PR's, and every relay ran a seasons best time to equal 47 season's or career bests!. In fact, 30/39 individual PR's were career bests! Incredible! That number doesn't even include career best splits in the 4X800 and 4X400 Relays! This "total team" effort created a storm Fenton and the rest of the Metro couldn't handle. Congratulations!

Coach Crissey - Where to begin? There were so many great performances by the throwers last Friday night. Many of the throwers had to battle through some adversity to get the mark that set them in a position to score big points for us. Nikki Newman showed up in a BIG way. She won both shot put and disc at the JV level. Her mark in shot was 30-10.5, but in discus she launched a huge PR with a throw of 99-5 feet. Kaya Cloutier finished the season on a high note with a second place finish in JV shot. Her mark of 28-10.5 is a PR. Kaya battled through her on frustrations to put her in a position to succeed. Ciara Jackson put for another consistent effort by throwing a few throws in the 33-foot range. Her mark of 33-10.5 was good enough for her earn to be crowned the MSC champion. Maggie Bair had another strong day, and set a new PR in shot put. Her toss of 33-8 was good enough for a second place finish and all conference honors. Ashley Dodge capped off the night with an up and down performance in discus. She did not have consistent set of throws, but when it counted she ripped one throw off for 110-2. That is a new PR and good enough to earn a conference championship.

Coach Bledsoe - What a BIG night!!! Big Jumps! Big improvements! Amazing teamwork! Let's start with long jump. Lamya Pulliam had a huge jump at 15' 9.5" which was not only good enough to earn a third place varsity medal, but it was also her all time best; beating her last record by a foot! WOW! Also scoring all time bests in the long jump AND triple jump were Corinne Shirley, and Korriana Wilson. Awesome job jumpers! In the 3200 meter relay our junior varsity team of Mikayla, Abby, Megan and Gianna ran down a second place finish with a huge finishing lap by Gianna. The Varsity 3200 meter relay time ran some truly impressive splits and a first place finishing time of 10:15 - Way to go Kelly, Julia, Cassidy, and Ania!!!! And finally, how could you forget Ali Salt's 12:56 time in the 3200 meter run, Ali certainly won't because she has the gold medal to prove it! Nicely done Ali!! I would also like to close this last regular season blog with a sincere thank you to the entire team. You have all been amazing. You should be proud of the work that you have put in this season, and for the friendships that you have made along the way. I am happy to have been a part of this season, and will cherish the memories always! Big shout out to the distance and LT/TJ athletes for such a fun season!

Coach Tacchi- I kind of summed up my thoughts earlier but I'll try to provide highlights. Taking advantage of the other teams, we scored pivotable points in the Pole Vault and 300 Hurdles to go with everything else. The JV came to play and they has fun scoring 170 points! Leading the way for the JV sprint-jump-hurdle crew was Aracely Carrillo,who was crowned champ in the 300 Hurdles! Corrinne Shirley was huge jumping 2 career bests and anchoring our 2nd place relays! Bella Hall crushed her 400, improving almost 5 seconds to grab a 2nd, and the teams of Kaitlyn Jepsen, Hall, Shirley, Casey Wheeler, Amara Bodine, and Kimmy Smith combined forces to grab a couple of 2nds in the sprint relays. I can't forget Casy Wheelers huge PR in the High Jump which earned her a 2nd place medal. Back to the Varsity, it was truly a team effort that got us this win. Emma Taylor was a 3 time All-Conference medalist and was joined by Ania Gniatczyk (2nd 400D, 1st 3200Re), Lamya Pulliam (career long jump), Amara Bodine (2nd PV), Kaitlyn Jepsen (3rd PV), and Lily Taylor 3rd in the 300 Hurdles to round out our All-Conference athletes. Scoring crucial points in the individual events and sprint relays were Maggie Sim, Suvannah Williams, Joslynn Hibbler, Lamya Pulliam, India Lucas, and Katyla Sims. Well done Raiders!