With rivals Stam Scarvelis (15,88m/ 52′ 1″, 52,60m/ 172′ 7″) and Ashlie Blake (15,66m/ 51′ 4″, 50,62m/ 166′ 1″) locking horns at the Arcadia Invitational on the west coast; South Carolinian Raven Saunders upped her US high school record of 17,26m (56′ 7½”) with a fantastic 17.27m (56′ 8¼”).
“In my shot out warm-up I threw a South African throw that was around 54′ and my full throws usually add 3′-4′; so I was looking to have a big day in the shot.” Southern Illinois bound Saunders told Throwholics, “I foot-faulted my first throw and had a right-sector foul on my second throw. Apparently coach [Herbert] Johnson told me to throw a power throw but I didn’t hear. I was reading the back of this other girl’s shirt and it said:
… so I threw one and hit a 52′ to go to the finals. Once I had a mark I went for it. The way it left off. It felt like a 54′. I didn’t look at the throw but I knew from the crowds reaction it was way farther. I broke the record on my first throw in the finals. The circle was in the sun so I made sure had plenty of water. I’m used to the heat was used to it so it didn’t bother me any.”
“My discus is also coming around. I threw a 170′ during warm up and scratched my first throw throw. Then I fixed something with my technique and remembered what the girl’s shirt said and hit a 159′ 11” in the meet. Ironically, coach Johnson had another (like before her 56′ 7½”) flat tire two days before the meet this time.” Maybe that’s Raven’s good luck charm? if so, Coach Smith had better start wearing down his tires as well.