Crockett Wins NYS State Title in Shotput

Crockett Wins NYS State Title in Shotput
Posted on 06/18/2018
Sarah CrockettWho is Sarah Crockett? She is a junior at RFA who has been competing in the discus and shot put for the RFA Black Knights girls track team. Sarah is a quiet, soft-spoken young woman who has excelled at her sport. She is also the starting goalie for the RFA girls soccer team. It seems her accomplishments have also been quiet as well. Last week at the NYS Championship, Sarah won the state title in the shot put with a throw of 39’11-3/4. This capped off a good season for Sarah as she won the section 3 title in the shot put and discus this spring.

What a lot of people don’t know is that during indoor track, Sarah placed 5th in the 20lb weight throw at the Emerging Elite National Tournament, after 51 consecutive dual meets, and 8 straight league championships. Sarah is a scholar-athlete who ranks in the top part of her class. Finally, she is one of the hardest workers that her coaches have ever seen.

“Sarah is the first one in the weight room and the last one to leave,” said Coach Brett Couchman (whose team finished 3rd in the sectionals and have won 51 consecutive dual meets.) “She is so focused on doing her best and that doesn’t only apply to sports. I have seen Sarah on the bus doing her homework before and after meets.” One of the things Coach Couchman pointed out is Sarah’s maturity. He said Sarah was in the states the last two years, but this year that maturity enabled her to focus and do her best. He also pointed out that discus was just as strong an event for her as the shotput, noting that she probably would have finished in top 5. “She had to throw after winning the state title and she was still on the emotional run. She still finished 12th in the state throwing well below her season best of 126’,’ said Couchman.

Her throwing coach, Ted Swavely, said that Sarah is hard working and her desire to succeed is like no other girl he has coached. “Sarah started coming to his (Couchman) summer lifting program after 7th grade, usually riding her bike to get there. She is very coachable and adapts nicely to change.” Coach Swavely also mentioned that they changed her technique a week before sectionals and states. “She was throwing great, but she had an issue with fouling, sometimes 3 out of 6 throws. We made an adjustment and out of 10 throws at the state tourney, she didn’t foul once.”

“Honestly, it feels amazing,” Crockett said, “Knowing that I put in all that hard work and now I’m somewhere where I can make it to day two. That’s all I wanted to do! I’m really excited and happy.”

The maturity of Sarah was shown in her willingness to change after the state qualifier. Traditionally the old saying, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” applies. But after fouling in last year’s state meet and throughout the season, she took her coaches advice and adjusted “That’s the difference in what you saw a year ago,” said Coach Couchman, “She’s answering to what she sees. Someone is throwing better, she will adjust to throw even better.”

So, who is Sarah Crockett? She is still the quiet, hardworking junior at RFA. But now she has the added title of NYS State Champion Sarah Crockett!

By Carl Manganaro, Instructional Technology Specialist, MORIC
Photo provided by Frozen-in-Time Photography

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