Coaching Staff / 2016-2017
Team: Coed Varsity Cross_country
Position: Assistant Coach
Sierra Oliphant was known as Sierra Henderson during the 4 years she ran at Ridge View, from 2005-2009. She started off as the 1st leg in the 4 x 100, and her coaches quickly realized she was NOT a Sprinter. And thus a mid-long distance runner was born.Her main events were Cross-Country, the 400 m, the 800 m, 4×800 and 4×400.
In her Junior year, she placed 5th in the State Championships, running a Personal Best and setting the current School Record of 18:43. Her success continued, as she went on to earn all-state and all-region honors and was the 3-time State Champion in the 800-meter dash,setting the 2:13.30 State Record (broken 2 years ago) and current School Record along the way (2008). At the 2009 SC State Championships, her 4 x 800 relay team who proudly hailed themselves as the “Fantastic Four,” took the State title, running a 9:29:93 and finished out the Championships placing 2nd with a 3:58:88 in the 4 x 400.
Sierra continued her running career at the University of South Carolina, setting a Personal Record of 2:10 at the outdoor SEC championships, missing the finals by one spot. Her Collegiate History entails a 2:10:70 in the 800 m, 4:40:31 in the 1500 m, an 18:41:30 in the 5K, and a 23:10:52 in the 6K. During her Sophomore year, Sierra got married to Steven Oliphant Jr. After a plethora of injuries, Coach O moved her focus to academics her Junior and Senior years. She is the mother of 2 goofy, bubbly children — Ashtyn (4) and Zoe (8 months). She is currently pursuing her Master of Higher Education Administration at Columbia College so that she may serve students and/or athletes on the Collegiate level.