Metro or Tiger?Friday, April 27 2018 - WWS Tiger Invitational
“Just pick a goal, a goal you truly want to achieve, and take a clear-eyed look at your weaknesses -- not so you'll feel less confident, but so you can determine exactly what you need to work on. Then get to work. Celebrate small successes. Analyze your weaknesses. Keep going. As you gain skill, you'll also gain a feeling of genuine confidence, one that can never be taken away--because you've earned it."”
Another chance to run at Elmwood Park with a stop off at Johnny's Beef and all is good with the world! WWS provides us with The Toughest Competition we face all year which give us an opportunity to do our best. While the weather at Elmwood Park was ok, the weather at WWS was anything but - Cold-wind-rain!! With temperatures hovering around 38 degrees, some of you stepped up while others stepped aside. Not sure what more I can say but some of you have some soul searching to do. Track is not for the weak of heart and spirit!
Coach Crissey - As we approach the end of the season and head into the Conference Championships, sectionals, and state, I always get a bit reflective. We have had some strong performances of late in both throwing events from Jessica Velasquez in discus, Nikki Newman in both events, Maggie Bair in both events, and Ashley Dodge in discus just to name a few. There has also been some lackluster moments, too. I would bet that many of the girls on the team, not just the throwers, wish they could hit a reset button on a few occasions. Unfortunately, that is not possible. The question that should all of us need to ask ourselves is, "Did I give the best effort I could have in practice and meets?" Gosh, I hope the answer is "YES!" We cannot control how fast, strong, or athletic our opponents but we can control our effort during practice and meets. We can control how hard we work in the weight room. We can also control what kind of teammate we are. For many of you, the season ended after the Elmwood Park meet. There are a small group of us moving forward into conference and sectionals. The expectation is that we move forward with a purpose and by putting forth maximum effort.
Coach Bledsoe - Corinne Shirley and Korrianna Wilson put up some solid numbers in the triple jump this evening demonstrating their dedication to their event. Long jumpers Lamya Pulliam, and Casey Wheeler jumped personal bests beating their longest jumps each by more than an inch. Gabby Reese showed remarkable improvement in the 800 meter run and is mere seconds away from running a sub 4 minute half. Way to go Gabby! Also stepping up to run hard was Gianna Alexander running the 1600 meter run. This was a first for Gianna this season, and she ran a great race! But probably the most impressive feat of strength tonight was when Coach Bledsoe finished not one but two Italian Beef sandwiches, both with hot peppers, a side of fries, and an Italian Ice, all within the time it took the rest of the team to order and eat their food. Amazing! Well it seems that the weather is back to not co-operating with the track and field teams. Oddly enough it appears from the results at least, that some of our Raiders prefer to run or jump in lousy weather. Lamya Pulliam jumped an all time personal best of 14'9" in the long jump - while it was raining. Awesome Job! Joslynn Hibbler also jumped well at 30'1.5" in the triple jump - WOW! Abby Knight and Ellie Stewart attacked the 3200 meter run against some tough competition, and consistently put in some great laps finishing strong with a 13:28 for Abby, and 12:31 for Ellie. The 1600 meter run was tough at this meet. The conditions were cold and wet. This did not stop Katie King, Julia Clingen, and Ali Salt from competeing. Ali Salt and Katie King both scored personal bests showing that some Raiders run better in bad weather!
Coach Tacchi - The Metro provided us with some Personal records, 22 to be exact by our sprint-jump-hurdle crew. With that many there are too many to name but consider it a job well done! My personal highlight was when Amara Bodine sailed above 7-0 for the first time this season! Congratulations Amara! Following the meet we enjoyed some johnny's Beef with Lemon Ice - soooooo good! The WWS meet was the worst weather we competed in this spring. Cold-wind, and rain make it tough for all competitors. This is when the cream rises to the top. Suvannah Williams and Amara Bodine both had pr's in the 200! Thanks Amara for stepping in to run! Aracely Carrillo, pushed through the weather to run a career best in the 300 M Hurdles! Maggie Sim jumped her best outdoor jump this spring and Lamya Pulliam, LJ and Corrinne Shirley, LJ & TK both had carrer best jumps! Congrats. Congrats also go to Kelly Anderson who ran a career best 2:34 in the 800 and Ania Gniatczyk who ran a fast 2:34 to steal a place in the 800. Next week is conference! Are you ready???
Team Quote - "True teams are made when you put aside individual wants for the collective good."