Roeper student signs National Letter of Intent to join Virginia Commonweath University Track Team
March 20, 2012
Roeper Senior, Briana Ratchford, a Southfield resident and daughter of Gregory and Rene’ Ratchford, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Virginia Commonwealth University Women’s Track and Field Team. She was recruited specifically as a javelin thrower and a shot put thrower. She is a recipient of a VCU Scholarship, VCU Dean Scholarship and VCU Athletic Scholarship. Briana plans to major in Forensic Biology at VCU.
As a member of The Roeper School’s track team Briana’s accomplishments include being named the 2010 and 2011 100m High Hurdle State Champion. She holds the school’s record for 100m High Hurdles at 15.72 seconds as well as throwing the shot put 39’7”, both earned in 2011. Ed Sack is the Track and Field Head Coach and Ernie Righetti is the Athletic Director at The Roeper School.
Briana’s track and field achievements in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) include:
- Javelin Throw: 122’ 11”, National Champion Junior Olympics, Norfolk, VA, August 2010
- Heptathlon: 5th place medal, Junior Olympics, Norfolk, VA, August 2010
- Heptathlon: 8th place medal, Junior Olympics, Des Moines, IA, August 2009
- Pentathlon: 3rd place medal, Junior Olympics, Ypsilanti, MI, August 2008
Additionally, Briana is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), is on the Motor City Striders Youth Track Team, is a counselor at the Roeper Summer Day Camp and is a Girls Mentoring mentor.
Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan. With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds.