Dual Meet Record

1975 - 2015

251 - 63  (.799)

Team Championships

Conference Sectional
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2006
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2012
1990
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2011
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Richwoods Records

Entering 2016 Season

4x800 9:45.5 Lynch, Ivory, Wood, Robertson '90
4x100 :48.3 Detra, Marks, C. Nash, Yates '13
3200 10:51.7 Amy Guard '00
100H :14.2 Brenna Detra '13
100 :11.8 Alisha Smith '04
800 2:15.5 Hallema Ivory '91
4x200 1:42.6 Johnson, Mitchell, Ross, Thomas '08
400 :56.3 Brenna Detra '13
300H :42.6 Brenna Detra '13
1600 5:09.0 Amy Guard '00
200 :24.2 Brenna Detra '12
4x400 4:00.9 Jackson, Lynch, Huffman, Ivory '90
SP 40'10¼" Jewel Sanders '06
Disc 148' 7" Jewel Sanders '06
LJ 19' 0" Brenna Detra '13
TJ 38' 5" Donielle Ross '08
HJ 5' 7" Alex Starks '07
PV 8' 8" Natalie Robbins '09

2016 IHSA Class AA

Qualifying Standards

4x800 9:52.80
4x100 :50.40
3200 11:37.20
100 H :15.90
100 :12.80
800 2:23.30
4x200 1:47.50
400 1:00.00
300 H :47.70
1600 5:20.90
200 :26.30
4x400 4:09.10
Shot Put 37' 11"
Discus 112' 2"
 Long Jump 16' 11.5"
Triple Jump 34' 9"
High Jump 5' 1"
 Pole Vault 9' 7"

 

The Mechanics of Acceleration


The start is a voluntary reaction to the gun. Therefore, it is under the athlete's control and can be improved. Improvement only comes through practice.

In his book Women's Hurdling: From Novice to Champion Brooks (1981) suggested in order to accelerate, the center of gravity must be kept forward of the driving foot. This is where the correct driving angle from the block becomes critical. The greater the body lean, the longer the strides can be without sacrificing acceleration. Body angle is directly related to acceleration. The higher the acceleration, the greater the body lean.

 The angle of drive from the blocks determines the effectiveness of later strides. If the first stride is too short, the athlete will pop up and suffer from poor velocity development.

The rear foot must be pushing off the back block. The first step should be slightly longer than the second. If there has not been pressure applied against the rear block that block will not be used fully. Instead, the sprinter will only pull the leg through rather than drive it through. The  result is a short, stumbling step.

During block clearance there are three phases

  • Reacting to the gun
  •  Applying force against the blocks
  • Taking the hands from the ground.

Fast starts require:

  • Moving the hands and arms as quickly as possible in reaction to the gun
  • Pushing back against the blocks
  • Driving out of the blocks by applying force
    •  "out and up"
    • NOT "up and out"
  •  Running, not jumping, out of the blocks.

Cues for proper positioning to maximize acceleration are:

  •  Posture:
    • Stay low
    • Lean from the ankles
    • Keep the head in line with the trunk
    • Eyes focus slightly down the track.
  •  Arms:
    • Drive the elbow
      •  Hammering action to limits of the range of motion
    • Run with the emphasis on the arms during this phase.
  • Legs:
    • Push against the track
    • Full extension of ankle, knee, and hip
    • Pull the knee toward the chest.
    • Pay note to feeling the range of motion, the pushing, and the power.