4.28.2017

Gamers of the Week

female Gamer of the Week to Freshman Danielle Ray of Hurricane High School.

Danielle Ray is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s female Gamer of the Week to Freshman Danielle Ray of Hurricane High School.


By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The Lady Redskins Girl’s track team had an impressive outing last week at the Capital City Classic in Charleston last week as the Redskins placed ninth overall in a meet that pitted some of the top A-AAA talent in the state. One standout performer for the Redskins that shined brightest at Laidley Field was freshman Danielle Ray. Ray placed first in the 800m with a time of 2:33:81, and second overall in the 400m with a time of 1:00:3.

When asked about who motivates her Danielle responded, “My coach Eric Cooper and parents have done a great job in supporting me in making me a better student and athlete. Another person who I believe has helped me a lot in my first year is Anna Gordon. She is the type of teammate that pulls for you when you’re up or when you’re down. She is someone I look up to because I want to be a teammate to others like she has been to me.” When asked about the big differences in competing in middle school track last year and high school this year she replied, “In middle school you able to compete in more events and the competition level isn’t really there. In high school you train for specific events and focus on those events only. Our coaches and my teammates do a great job pushing each other to be better as individuals and as teammates in our relay events.“

The Redskins Girls Track team is looking forward to post-season upcoming meets with MSAC Championships and the State Tournament Track Meet. Many of the track athletes will be training to set their personal records in their individual and team events. Head track coach Eric Cooper has a knack for placing the right individuals in the right places to get the most out of them. Similar to piecing the pieces in a puzzle, the Redskins are hoping to bring it all together as post-season meets approach. With Ray competing in individual and team relay events, the Redskins are looking to shock the competition and make a name for themselves in the AAA ranks. 

Danielle currently has a 4.0 GPA and is the daughter of Cathy and Rick Ray. Danielle is also is a member of the soccer and cross-country teams, student council, FCA, and DECA. Danielle would like to continue running cross-country or track at Marshall University and study medicine.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Female Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.