It's How You Finish! Raiders Champs again!

Monday, March 19 2018 - Metro Suburban Indoor Invitational

Raider Track News

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

Glenbard West Open/Metro Suburban Indoor
What a way for our indoor season to come to an end. As usual, I always have fun at the JV Meets, where there never seems to be any pressure and we compete for the joy of it! With kids who are still growing in the sport, a JV meet is THE best place to be. In addition, our friends at Glenbard West throw in some different events and the meet moves fast. All in all, the JV girls turned in 15 PR's and some outstanding performances. What I like best is that there is no quit in you! Way to compete! As far as the Metro is concerned, we all showed up big time for that. After an Indoor season running tough competition, we were ready and battle tested for our indoor Conference Meet. It took a team effort with balanced scoring from the field, distance, and sprint events! All 3 phases had great, if not perfect nights. At the end, we earned the Conference Plaque and another championship. Well done Raider Girls!

Coach Crissey - The throwers put on a great show on Wednesday at the JV 5-team meet. Kylie Miskovic set a new PR with a mark of 17-11. Kaya Cloutier continues to improve each week. She had two marks in the 27-foot range. Anna Widicus popped out a new PR with a put just over 20-feet. Some very exciting throws this at the meet from Nikki Newman and Ciara Jackson. Nikki continues to show great promise with using the glide technique. She had a mark just over 30 feet. Ciara Jackson set a season PR with a big toss of 34-3. Great job ladies. 3/16 - Congrats to all the lady raiders on a successful indoor season. Winning a conference championship is not a small task, and it’s always a team effort. For the throwers, the conference meet was bittersweet. Nikki Newman did not have a strong showing. She did not crack the 30-foot mark. However, not all is lost because of one poor performance. As Coach Tacchi said after the track meet, the real season starts in May. Nikki will be rejuvenated and ready to go for the outdoor season. Ciara Jackson won the meet on her first toss. Ciara’s first mark was 34-3. She later had two more marks in the 33-foot range. With more focus and better, all the girls will be ready for a great outdoor season.

Coach Bledsoe - WHAT. A. WEEK! The Raiders may not bring the biggest team to the field house, but what we do bring the biggest heart. Let's start with Abby Knight. With a little motivation this Raider was able to overtake a fellow competitor at the Glenbard West JV Triangular in the last few meters of the track. What an awesome sight to see! Then, at the indoor invite she joins the ranks of the sub 3 minute 800 runners - Way to go Abby! Also in the 800, in case you missed her because she ran it so fast - was Ania Gniatczyk who ran a 2:34 earning her a first place finish, and 10 points for the team! But wait, there's more! Our 4x800 team of Julia Clingen, Cassidy Shirley, Alison Salt, and Mikayla Jacoby swept in 6 points with a 3rd place finish overall! The 4x400 Team of Ania Gniatczyk, India Lucas, Lamya Pulliam, and Cassidy Shirley flew around the track nabbing a second place finish and another 8 points for the team. I'm still not finished! Daziyah Arrington finished in the top 5 in long jump contributing points to the team, and Joslynn Hibbler triple jumped her way into a 3rd place finish also bringing in 6 more points for the Raiders. Finally, in no small display of strength and determination, Kelly Anderson and Ellie Stewart demonstrated what it is to be a distance runner each running a total of 3 miles and earning a combined 16 points. This certainly was the best way to wrap up this indoor season. Now it is time for us to set our focus on the outdoor season, and the work-outs ahead of us!

Coach Tacchi - The sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, and vaulters put together an excellent week turning in 20 PR's combined and many more season best performances. After some late in the week adversity, I like how the seniors helped refocus us and get us ready to "take care of our business" on Friday night. I'm not sure anyone expected us to go out as champs but I'm sure happy for you that we could put things together as a team. Some girls had career performances at West and/or Metro that need to be acknowledged. Congrats to Isabella Hall, Heaven Carter, Sophia Oandasan, Carla Esmane, Korriana Wilson, and Casey Wheeler for their Wednesday performances and Maggie Sim and Ania Gniatczyk for career moments on Friday. My other top performers were Suvannah Williams, Daziayah Arrington, Joslynn Hibbler, Amara Bodine, India Lucas, and Emma Taylor for setting the tone for the sprint-jump-vault-hurdle group. Thanks, I had a lot of fun watching all of you compete this week!

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