Van Alstyne High School Class of 2016 graduate Raigan Servati has found success in her post-high school athletic career along with the rest of her teammates on the Oklahoma Baptist University women’s track team. Focusing on exercise science and pre-allied health, sophomore Servati was a highlight for the OBU women’s track team at the National Christian College Athletic Association outdoor national meet in May. While it is only one of a number of events she competes in, Servati excels in the heptathlon.
Servati’s and the OBU women’s track team’s most recent outing was eight events at the NCCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 12. Servati was third in the 800 meters in 2:34.33, fifth at 3803 in the heptathlon and tied for eighth place in the high jump event with a jump of 4-9.75.
Servati said the the college athletic experience has been a positive one so far. She said some of her favorite highlights of her career at OBU include a trip with her team to New York.
“Getting to travel to New York for indoor nationals, placing fourth in the pentathlon and winning as a team while there,” Servati said of her favorite experiences.
Despite Oklahoma being her home for now, Servati said she will always remember her achievements at VAHS.
“I’ll remember having success in each of my team sports,” Servati said. “Like going to playoffs my junior and senior year in basketball and going the regional tournament in volleyball my junior and senior year.”
High school may be just a stepping stone to the enrolled students, but to many graduates looking back, they begin to understand how important those four formative years can be.
“I miss home basketball and volleyball games, with the student section and the support from the community and coaches,” Servati said.
Many student athletes at Van Alstyne High School much like her are looking to follow in Servati’s footsteps to college-level competition.
“It helps to look at schools that you would want to attend, even if you weren’t an athlete,” Servati said.
Students looking to follow their athletic passion beyond high school most often have the odds stacked against them, Servati said. She said it helps to know the chances and how the system works for those incoming freshman.
“Unless you are good enough for big D1 School, a lot of the work is on you,” Servati said. “Go contact coaches and tell them about yourself.”
Fellow Panthers who are looking to follow in Servati’s footsteps have several resources available to them that are not always available to many student athletes. Servati urged her fellow Panther athletes to take advantage of the facilities at their disposal.
“Keep up the hard work in the gym, track (and) weight room and it can pay off,” Servati said.
Of all the coaching staff at Van Alstyne High School, Servati says her favorite coaches during her time as a Lady Panther were “my track coaches, Coach Servati and Coach Ingram.”
As for her post-graduation plans, Servati says she would like to continue to focus on athletics as she pursues graduate school.
“I plan on going to grad school for physical therapy after OBU,” she said.
Servati and the rest of the Oklahoma Baptist University women’s track team will return next season to compete on the field. Those interested in following the OBU women’s track team can refer to the team’s webpage www.OBUBison.com for the latest information and events.