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Monday, March 20 2017 - Metro Suburban Indoor Invitational


Raider Track News

"The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a woman's determination!"

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 Kat Acabal, Abby Schlenker, Lily Taylor, Ciara Jackson, and Emma Taylor as our Raiders Of The Meet.    Congratulations!

Glenbard West Open/Metro Suburban Indoor
It was a great week of track starting off with the West Open meet which provided the Raiders with 16 PR's from 16 different girls!  Talk about balance!  This is always one of my favorite meets and this year was no exception.  I like it because it provides a ton of opportunity for our team and a medley event we don't often run. The Metro Suburban Indoor is essentially, our Varsity Indoor Conference Championships.  Even though we didn't have our best overall performances, we had enough to turn back our rivals from the Metro.  Overall, we had 12 Varsity PR's and 15 open event PR's throughout the course of the evening.  It was a big night for Abby Schlenker, Emma Taylor, and the 4 X 1 Relay of Gianna Anderson, Maiya Todd, Joslynn Hibbler, and Suvannah Williams as these girls brought home gold!  It was, however, a balanced team that banded together to grab the championship.  As I told the girls, enjoy this now but don't be satisfied!  Keep working hard and prepare for May.    

Coach Crissey - It was a good week for the Throwers!  After weeks of mediocrity and frustration, the girls put together a very strong week of technique, strength training, and performances.  At the Glenbard West JV meet, we had some awesome performances.  Big congrats to Corrine Shirley for setting a new PR with a toss of 23-7.5.  Marissa Stramaglia set a new PR with a mark of 17-9.  Other top performances were from Adedoya Fatuga, Sarah Lawler and Nikki Newman.  Doya tossed two throws over 23-feet while Sarah had three throw over 19-feet.  Nikki Newman continues to improve and show great consistency.  Nikki had two marks over 27-feet.  At the MSC Indoor Championships, Maggie Bair and Ciara Jackson stepped in the ring and stepped up their efforts to help us to a team victory.  Maggie Bair has shown great improvements in the last three weeks.  On Friday night, Maggie set the tone for the rest of her season by setting a new PR in shot with a mark of 31-1.5.  That was good enough to place 4th.  Ciara Jackson continues to show growth.  Her mark of 32-11.5 is her best for the season, but she is still not satisfied with her performances.  I believe that Ciara will return to form once we get to outdoor season.  


Coach Orlow - At the Glenbard West Open, the distance team turned in another great meet performance.  They started off by running the last legs of the 1-1-2-4 Medley.  Ella McLaren, Fay Kay, Grace Gibson and Kendall Arlasky all had stunning performances.  Justine Drake (3:04.0) and Leslie Williamson (3:24.81) started off the PR barrage with excellent 800m races.  In the 400m Cassidy Shirley (71.55), Shayan Malik (84.23), and Danae Kay (84.56) all recorded a PR while new tracksters Sydney Arlasky (81.11) and Kylie Miskovic (87.2) ran excellent first races.  The entire 1600m team raced to PR’s. Mikayla Jacoby (6:38.53) had a seven second PR, Kat (THE KICK) Acabal (6:33.4) had an eight second PR, Sophie Nelson (6:38.15) attacked it for an eleven second PR and Bianca Montenegro (6:47.4) finished strong for a 24 second PR.  We had three 1600m relay teams who all competed well.  The team of India Lucus (79.97), Ella McLaren (77.89), Sophia (79.0), and Leslie Williamson (90.42) came from before for the win.  Cassidy Shirley (75.31), Grace Gibson (81.0), Kendall Arlasky (89.68) and Sydney Arlasky (83.4) finished second with the sister act bringing them home with strong finishes.  Our third 1600m team had another sister act led off. Fay Kay (81.12) handed off to Danae Kay (85.13), who passed the baton to Shayan Makil (91.94) who delieved the stick to Kylie Miskovit (88.75) for the finish.  The Metro was a great meet to watch because the team stuck their nose in every race and had huge competitive efforts.  We had numerous PR’s in the Open 800m with Ali Salt (2:56.53), Bianca Montenegro (2:58.36),  Kat Acabal (2:59.6), Mikayla Jacoby (3:02.02), Fay Kay 3:04.2) running their fastest races and hitting Indoor PR’s were Cassidy Shirley 2:58.16 and Grace Gibson (2:59.55). Congrats girls!  Sydney Arlasky (3:07.29), Kendall Arlasky (3:09.29), Danae Kay (3:12.33), Shayan Malik (3:21.93), Leslie Williamson 3:25.75), Abby Bodine (3:31.33), and Erin Matos (4:42.56) got out and competed great but just missed PR’s.  In the Varsity meet we did an awesome job of scoring in every distance event.  The 3200m relay team of Ava Childs (2:38.75), PR Queen Emily Weigand (2:44.43), Courtney Knight (2:44.53) and rookie Ella McLaren (2:59.82) all ran solid races with most achieving season best times getting team points with a fourth place finish.  In the 3200m Abby Schlenker (12:23.65) defended her outdoor championship with a blazing 12 second win and Katie King (12:59.23) set a PR to earn team points.  Novel 800m runner Ania Gniatczyk (2:39.19) set the early pace and used her speed to pick up a third place medal.  Julia Clingen (2:43.4) also got out strong.  The best race of the night saw two of our distance runners double back to place in the 1600m.  Both Abby Schlenker (5:34.36) and Ava Childs (5:55.57) attacked the competition to run text book races for 10 team points.   What a great night, Congratulations on your Indoor Conference Championship.


Coach Tacchi/Crenshaw - As we reflect on the past 2 meets, we really appreciate this kids who stepped up and ran outside of their comfort zone. Erin Nelsen, Lily Taylor, and India Lucas showed no fear in competing in the 400 on up!  Korriana Wilson had a huge triple jump and Harshini Bellamkonda had a career best in the long jump!  The Metro demonstrated just how inconsistent this group can be.  The 'open" sprinters had PR's from Katyla Sims, Lily Taylor, My'Ana Sanders, Erin Nelsen, and Emma Guiot, while the Varsity crew had career performances from Emma Taylor -5' in HJ and 9.57n the 55H, Cameron Rogers career best 10.21 in the hurdles, career bests from Claire Hill - 13-09.75 in the long jump, Joslynn Hibbler - 30-10.5 in the triple jump, and a career matching performance from Sarah Robinson in the PV.  Additional season PR's came from Gianna Anderson in the 55D and the 4X1 relay team of Anderson, Maiya Todd, Joslynn Hibbler, and Suvannah Williams.  A shout out goes to Ania Gniatczyk who busted out and took the lead in the 800 and finished 3rd and Krista Kreshpanji who got caught in the 400 but battled back to claim a 4th place finish in the 400.  For those of you who were frustrated, believe me when I tell you there are a number of state level kids in our conference.  We won't dominate everyone.  However, you have more to give.  Start by finishing races and not pulling up.  Develop a mentality that you refuse to lose.  Go after every race, every time.  If you start doing this, your times will drop!  Varsity has the Batavia Relays on Thursday.  That's a great place to start your move towards May!

Team Quote - "Breaking through your self-imposed barriers (and they are all self-imposed) is the greatest challenge you will ever face. Face them you must.." - Mary-Frances Winters