Ram Invite on a not so Hot Night!Friday, April 20 2018 - Glenbard East Ram Invitational
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” - Mario Andretti
Finally! An invite to compete at. Even though the conditions weren't perfect, we actually had a chance to compete as a team. Overall we scored 86 points on the Varsity and 42 at the JV Level. Did we hit a homerun and every event? While that would be nice, sometimes things happen. What we look for is effort. Was your effort there? That's all we can ask for.
Coach Crissey - I think some warm weather really was what the doctor ordered. For the throwers, we had an unbelievable effort my Nikki Newman. She finished second in JV shot and discus with mark of 30-10 and 88-0, respectively. Nikki is really coming along. Kaya Cloutier and Grace Buckley are working their way back into form. In practice we have have been making some changes with their technique so their distances are not where they want them to be. Ciara Jackson continues to show consistency with her throws in shot put near 33- to 34-feet. Ciara struggled in discus. Maggie Bair is really starting to show incredible promise. She set a new PR of a throw of 33-feet. However, she fouled a bomb around the 35-feet mark.
Coach Bledsoe - Well we've finally made it to an outdoor meet that wasn't cancelled; and the weather was pretty decent too! Tonight the distance team learned what it truly means to compete on an outdoor track after a long indoor season. It's tough to count laps and listen to pacing from coaches. Different length tracks mean different split times - outdoors things are much more consistent, and athletes can focus on hitting their split times with less math in the process. Putting up some great numbers in this meet were Katie King, Ali Salt, Ellie Stewart and Mikayla Jacoby in the 3200 meter run. Megan Moran continues to shed seconds off of her 800 meter run time, and our 3200 Meter Relay team keep getting faster and faster with tonight's performance of 10:22.69 by Ania Gniatczyk, Cassidy Shirley, Kelly Anderson, and Julia Clingen.
Coach Tacchi - The sprint-jump-hurdle crew looked like it had some life to them at Ram even though they were short-handed. Emma Taylor led the charge with 2 , 2nd place finishes in the High Jump, and Hurdles. Ania Gniatczyk led off the 3200 Re with a 2:25 split and then came back with a 62.58 ti grab a 3rd in the 400 Dash. The 400 Re team of India Lucas, Lamya Pulliam, Joslynn Hibbler, and Katyla Sims ran a solid 54.27 to take 4th. That same group grabbed a 3rd in the 800 Re. The JV Team had some nice moments with PR's coming from Korriana Wilson with a career best 27-01 in the triple jump and Sophia Oandasan and Isabel Bergmann having career days in the 200 M. Overall, not bad for our first meet but we must improve if we want to win conference in 2 weeks!
Team Quote - "Be the best teammate you can be, be the best player you can be, and just be as supportive and encouraging for the people who are playing." - Kelley O'Hara