The 5-foot-5 senior set a national prep record at the Taco Bell Classic in April, launching the shot put 56 feet, 8.25 inches to break a mark set in 2003 by nearly two feet. Saunders almost matched that effort at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor chmapion
Saunders has maintained a B average in the classroom.
The president of both the Burke High senior class and her school's student government, she has volunteered for two years as Burke's bulldog mascot at athletic events. Also an active participant in Burke's DECA chapter for emerging business leaders, Saunde
G: What is your team motto?
RS: Built Burke Tough
G: What one piece of advice do you have for freshman about being a successful high school student athlete?
RS: The advice i give to freshman that want to be successful student athletes is to try not to get distracted. There will be so many things that might make you lose focus but you have to remember your goals. Another thing is if you have help and support use it. It took teachers, cafeteria workers, school secretaries, janitors, my family and my coach to get me to where i am at. Using all of the resources you have will make things so much easier.
G: What is your favorite highlight from this year?
RS: My favorite highlight of this year was breaking the National Indoor High School record. It was my last indoor high school meet, and my third indoor track meet ever. I knew i was working hard and had a really good chance at breaking the record, but when I finally broke that 11 year record it made me the happiest person in the world.
G: What training habit has the most impact on your performance?
RS: The training habit that most impacts my performance is seeing the throw 10-30 times in my head before i actually throw. It is easier to put my body in the positions that i want it to if my mind has already done it multiple times.
G: What have you learned from your coach that you will never forget?
RS: One thing i learned from my coach that i will never forget is that no matter what happens or how you feel if you step in the shot put circle you are 100% healthy because the tape measure does not care how you feel.