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Raptor Ladies Looking Forward to 2023

Senior Distance Runner Brianna Mullen

Fresh off an exciting and momentum-building 2022 Outdoor campaign, the Eaglecrest Girls team is looking to make a major impact at the 5A level in 2023 after taking a top-10 finish last season. The next generation of Raptor stars have taken the baton from graduated standouts Haley Esser, Favour Akpokiere, and Di'Vynne Smith and are ready to put their names in the EHS record books.

What should our fans be excited about this spring???

The Raptor ladies are returning multiple State Champions and podium finishers in 2023. Senior Thrower Blythe Cayko (2022 5A 185lb Wrestling State Champion) looks to move up the podium this year in the Shot Put, having found herself placing the past two seasons as well.

Senior Bianca Gleim believes that she will be in the mix in the open sprints this year. In 2022 she was a member of the State Champion 4x200m Relay, the National Champion Sprint Medley and Swedish Relays, and was an individual qualifier in the 5A 100m Dash. The State Champion Cheerleader is excited to finish her storied Eaglecrest career leading the next generation of Raptor sprinters.

Sophomore Jaylynn Wilson is also looking to establish herself as one of Colorado's top sprinters in the 100m, 200m, and 400m Dashes. Having displayed leadership and calm beyond her years while winning State and National Championships in 2022, she has been named one of the Team Captains for 2023.

In the sprint relays, the Raptor ladies look to be deep once again. In addition to Gleim & Wilson, they are returning State Qualifiers Maya Walters, Kiara Garcia, Charnessa Dudley, Anaya Ewing, and Rachel Carlsen as well as standouts Shenieca Harper, Kezia Sahertian, Nia McKenzie, and Justice Evans (among others!). It's going to be fun to see how the final relay lineups shake out!

Speaking of Carlsen, the Junior Hurdler/Sprinter can't wait to get her season started. A State Qualifier in both hurdle events in 2022 (her first year running track), she looks to finish her season on the 5A podium this year. Junior McKenna George will be Carlsen's biggest competition for the title of top Raptor Hurdler. George also enters her second season ever on the oval, with sky-high potential.

Junior Captain Ellie Shaw once again will be leading a talented distance group. The Distance crew believes that they will put a legit 4x800 relay on the track this year, and Senior Brianna Mullen will lead a young and growing group of strong 1600/3200m runners.

The field events could be the major story for the Raptors in 2023. A fresh crop of pole vaulters led by new Vault Coach Cari Roberts will add a new dimension to the Centennial League race. Coach Bible's Long & Triple Jumpers (Dudley, Garcia, George, Haworth, Walters, etc) have their eyes set on big PR's and State qualification spots. Senior Janna Preskorn looks to fill the shoes of graduated State placer Di'Vynne Smith in the throws to complement Cayko.

This is sure to be an exciting team to watch in 2023!

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