Burke High's Raven Saunders finishes 5th in shot put Olympic games

Burke High's Raven Saunders finishes 5th in shot put Olympic games

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Olympian and Burke High School graduate Raven Saunders finished 5th in the women's shot put Olympic games in Rio.

Her teammate from team USA, Michelle Carter, finished first receiving a Gold Medal.

On Friday night, many people came together at Burke High Auditorium for a watch party. Though she didn't bring home a medal, she still a Golden Girl to so many. Her uncle, Dureese Coleman, knew she was going to go far.

"Being an Olympian is a dream that she's always wanted to achieve," Coleman said.

His wife is in Rio with Saunders' mother and sister for the Olympic games.

Raven didn't start off playing shot put in high school she tried basketball first. It wasn't until her former basketball coach and Athletic Director at Burke High School, Wayne Alston, encouraged her to take a different route.

"I realized basketball wasn't really for her, so I was like Raven you need to do track and I'm going to have your throw the shot put and the discuss," Alston said.

Ever since she hasn't turned back. Shes a rising junior at the University of Mississippi with three NCAA titles and now she can add Olympian to that.

"This is a journey she's been speaking of for several years," Coleman said.

She has a community of supporters that want her to have nothing but the best and Alston commends her on her great work ethic.

"She's just that kid, she said she was going to break the state record she broke it, she said she was going to break the national record she broke it, she says that she's going to go out there and win the gold medal, I kind of believe her," Alston said.

Saunders is one of the youngest if not the youngest competitor in the Olympic shot put competition. People will  be looking out for her in the next Olympics going after the Gold.

Copyright 2016 WCSC. All rights reserved.