Smyrna HS junior Raven Luckett won four gold medals in the recent DIAA state track meet
Raven Marie Luckett is personable, rising senior at Smyrna High School, who has just concluded an amazing year in the sport of track and field. Luckett recently finished the 2013 season by winning four first-place medals in the DIAA state track meet held recently at Caesar Rodney High School. She said she has many memories of this year in indoor and outdoor track, but the one that stands out has to be her performance in the 200 Meter Dash.
"Going into the (Henlopen) Conference meet, I really wanted to beat Tyree Reid (from C.R.) and to run faster than 25 seconds. I beat her, and ran a 24.70, so I was very happy about that," she said. In the state meet, she again won, and ran a 25.00 in the 200-Meter Dash.
Also in the state meet, Luckett won the 400-Meter Dash in 56.37, the High Jump at 5-00, and the Long Jump with a leap of 18-07.25, which tied the state meet record.
The 16-year-old Luckett said that training is always tough, but there some lofty goals in mind. "We always practice with a lot of intensity, but it's definitely worth it. We knew what we had to do when it came to the outdoor season, and our goal was the states," she said.
Luckett added that all the hard work during indoor would definitely help when the outdoor season arrived.
The team practiced outside, sometimes in very cold weather, but that ultimately proved to be a big help in the spring.
"I just couldn't wait for the state meet, I really couldn't. Throughout the season, that was my main goal," she said through a huge smile.
Once the state meet arrived, the occasionally warm weather again turned chilly. "It was chilly during states, especially during the season day, but we had practiced through weather like that since… forever, so we were used to it, so we were well conditioned regardless of the temperature," she said.
Luckett added that it generally is easier to run in the warmer weather, because it's easier to get warmed up.
"In the warm weather, you break a sweat, and that's what you want as you stretch out your legs and your muscles. On the track, you have quick bursts of speed, so you have to warm up properly," she said.
Smyrna track coach Maura Schafer said she was very proud of Luckett's accomplishments and leadership with the team.
Finally, Luckett said the state meet was an amazing experience. "Going into states, I knew what I wanted to do, be a four-time state champion, and when I went back to reflect on it, it was just amazing feeling and memory," she said.
Luckett said she will continue to work out over the summer, not only to keep in condition, but to work on her times, to get stronger, and continue her quest to be a four-time champion again next year.